Michael Miner writes Thursday about the layoffs at the Sun-Times regional papers, including the Daily Southtown, a suburban Chicago paper, that caught business editor Bob Bong eating at his desk when his notice came.
Miner writes, “Bong said that over the past few years heâ€™s seen business coverage diminish from a separate section to a single page. But he also wrote a couple of columns that he thought were popular, one of them on what local businesses are up to and another on video rentals. He felt heâ€™d earned his keep.
â€œ’Itâ€™s death of a thousand cuts,’ Bong said. ‘It used to be a really good regional newspaper. I guess youâ€™ve got to blame Conrad Black, but at least while Conrad Black was robbing the place it was making money.’
“Bong said a ‘tiny’ security guard saw him out the door as if he were worried Bong would steal something. ‘Thereâ€™s nothing left to steal,’Â Bong said.”
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