The newspaper we love to hate - for good reason - appears to be imploding. Several things have happened at the Detroit Free Press in the last few weeks and months that point to a complete internal meltdown. The latest shoe dropped Friday morning, when it was announced that Executive Editor Robert Huschka - the top editorial staffer at the paper - was abruptly resigning. No reason given, no new job lined up, so something is obviously up.
This follows the announceent on the Fourth of July that Michigan beat reporter Mark Snyder - co-author of the Stretchgate debacle in 2009 - was abruptly "leaving the profession." Again, no new job lined up. This doesn't just happen.
The newspaper industry as a whole is obviously melting down, and Gannett - owner of the Free Press - is the worst villain of them all in the newspaper world. It's the worst company to work for and does some of the worst and most irresponsible journalism out there. They're awful. They cut jobs like it's a hobby, and they don't care one bit how crappy their papers become.
We hear that more job cuts and abrupt resignations-for-no-reason will be coming. So much has changed at the paper since their Stretchgate hatchet job on RichRod's program, so there's not many people left there to hate. Mike Rosenberg and Mark Snyder are gone, Drew Sharp passed away, the editor who oversaw the hatchet job is gone, and now, so is the predecessor who covered up Sharp's plagiarism on another story.
Even Mick McCabe, who was given the task of attacking John U. Bacon's credibility on "Three and Out, when it came to Bacon's excellent expose of the Free Press, is also gone.
So the bottom line is that the Free Press is slowing slinking into oblivion. We can continue to hate them until they finally go away, but it appears that day is coming fast.