The Tribune Company board is meeting Tuesday morning, and CEO Randy Michaels is not expected to still hold that title when the board adjourns. Do not underestimate the continuing power of the press over the press. David Carr’s recent Times expose, “At Flagging Tribune, Tales of a Bankrupt Culture,” has apparently done Michaels in. An earlier victim—first of Carr and then of his own careless memo—was the company’s chief innovation officer, Lee Abrams.
A missing voice in Carr’s piece was that of Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern, who showed up neither protesting what Carr called the Tribune Tower’s “frat house” atmosphere nor defending Michaels against the allegation that that’s what he created. One Tribune writer I’ve recently talked to thought Kern’s absence and silence was very odd.