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Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Journal-Constitution’

Chick-Fil-A CEO Is So Over This Whole ‘Gay Marriage’ Thing

shutterstock_109249637In case you needed further evidence that anti-gay statements are no longer good business on the national level, Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy—the loudest of the corporate voices on the topic in years past—now says he’s done talking about it.

In an extended interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week, Cathy said he “regrets” turning his company into a corporate spokesperson on social policy:

“I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it.”

His personal feelings on the matter have not changed, but:

“The bottom line is we have a responsibility here to keep the whole of the organization in mind and it has to take precedence over the personal expression and opinion on social issues.

…it’s probably very wise from our standpoint to make sure that we present our brand in a compelling way that the consumer can relate to.”

He might just be onto something.

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Atlanta Newspaper Apologizes for Incredibly Racist Tweet about Lottery Winner

What better way to congratulate someone who just won $1 million than to reference slavery?

Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted a tweet saying, “$1M GA Lottery winner Willie Lynch can get 40 acres and a whole lotta mules.” The historical reference is to a post-Civil War proposal to help freed slaves start new lives by giving them land previously held by whites. When such policies were overturned shortly after the war, the subject became a source of bitterness among African American southerners.

 

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 The decidedly un-funny tweet was quickly deleted, and this tweet appeared in its place: Read more

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Went Kind of Racist on Us Today

Cue the green slime—it’s time for another episode of You Can’t Do That on Twitter. Here’s the tweet that’s been burning up the Internet this morning:

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Yes, that’s pretty bad. And the fact that it’s an obscure joke (William Lynch was a fictitious slaveowner who supposedly made a famous speech about better “managing” slaves by turning them against each other) almost makes it worse. The AJC quickly took it down and issued an apology—and we assume someone is going to be out of a job by the end of the day.

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Audit Bureau Reports Overall Circulation Decline With A Few Bright Spots

The Audit Bureau of Circulations reported an overall decline in daily American newspaper circulation numbers for the six months ending March 2010, with a few exceptions. (New ABC rules dictate that online editions are included as well.)

First, the bad news. Overall circulation was down 2.6 percent from 19 million to 18.5 million. The New York Times was down 3.4 percent to 916,911, The Washington Post was down 4.8 percent to 550,821, and both the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution were down 6.5 percent to fewer than 200,000 copies.

Now the good news. The Wall Street Journal was up 1.2 percent to 2,117,796, giving it the highest circ, and The Chicago Tribune was up an eye-popping 56 percent to 419,407 because branded editions also count now.

Also good news, the decline is not as steep as periods past. And, always good news, people are keenly interested in news, although they’re now getting it from a variety of sources.

[via Mediapost]