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Monday, December 08, 2008

Blog for Iowa: The long good-bye to the Des Moines Register

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa

By now you've heard the news about the dozens of Des Moines Register staff lay-offs that occurred on Wednesday, including Brian Duffy, award-winning editorial cartoonist and, according to Iowa Independent, the only front page newspaper cartoonist in the country. I can see why they had to get rid of him. Who has ever made money selling quality and excellence? Seriously though, one has to wonder if Gannett is trying to kill the paper rather than save it. If they are merely trying to save a few bucks by cutting back on personnel, how much sense does it make to give the ax to a uniquely talented Iowa institution whose presence on the front page we must assume is there because it helps sell papers?

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