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New York Times Reporter’s Email Attacking Arthur Sulzberger Leaked

Here is something you should know: If you like having a job, don’t send an email to 150 of your co-workers that blasts the owner. Odds are, one — or even a few of them — won’t agree with you and that scathing letter will get leaked. Evidently, Donald McNeil, a science and health reporter for The New York Times, didn’t know that could happen.

According to Gawker, McNeil sent out an email to 150 Times staffers blasting the paper’s Publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and now it’s posted for all to see. In the note, McNeil states that Sulzberger is basically a lost cause:

So where is Arthur these days? At the small dinners he is having with staff, he offered an answer: He has found a new management guru, Michael Useem. And he is going trekking with Mr. Useem in the Himalayas soon…. A Nepal trek is very Arthur, since he’s a rock climber and Outward Bound tripper…. But to learn leadership? Shouldn’t a 60-year-old corporate chairman already know whether he’s a leader or not? Shouldn’t that have been decided by age 35 or so? And a trek now? In mid-crisis? We put out a great newspaper every day. But outside the newsroom, at the corporate level, we’re sailing on a ghost ship.

Here is something McNeil hopefully won’t ever have to find out: Being unemployed is fun at first, incredibly depressing after a week.

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