If you’re still advertising in The Palm Beach Post by next week, the person handling your ad is likely going to be doing it in some Podunk town in India or a suburb of Manila, The Philippines.
That’s because your fading, allegedly-local newspaper recently hired an outside company to take on advertisement production and layout.
And while the company hired by the Post is based near Chicago, it’s known to outsource most of the work to lowly-paid workers in India and the Philippines.
The immediate result of The Palm Beach Post‘s move is that between six and 12 lowly-paid people in West Palm Beach are losing their jobs.
Why the range? The Post reports on everybody else’s lay offs but no longer reports on its own, and Publisher Tim Burke isn’t commenting.
For some of the workers who are about to be replaced by foreigners happy with 2 bucks an hour, today is their last day.
One said they’ve been told not to discuss this with “members of the public.”
But they’re fully aware their superiors recently had a small welcoming party for Affinity Express, the company that claims it can reduce ad production costs by 50 percent.
Affinity Express will now produce ads in which the word “flavor” could end up spelled “flavour,” and “forty” will become “fourty” — as other newspapers that have outsourced ad production fully know. (Hint: read the Stuart News if you can stand it. It’s a lesson in India’s British English!)
But you can’t be mad at Post Publisher Burke. These decisions are made in Atlanta, where the elderly Forbes 400 billionaires who own the West Palm Beach institution are holed up.
Here’s, however, where the Post‘s hypocrisy is extreme, and where Burke would be allowed by his Atlanta handlers to step in:
Historically, the paper’s editorial policy has been to shill for the Democratic Party.
And Dems have been going after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his outsourcing thousands of jobs to foreign countries while he ran Bain Capital.
In the past 85 days, according to the dying paper’s own website, 52 stories published on pbpost.com have mentioned the words “Romney” and “outsourcing.” That’s a batting average that would make Derek Jeter jealous.
When the time comes to pick a candidate for president, however, there’s no doubt that the Post will pick Barack Obama. And the endorsement editorial will probably mention Romney’s outsourcing.
Instead of bullying its laid off workers into not telling members of the public, it may be time for the Post to be honest with itself and admit it now fully embraces Republican principles – especially outsourcing.
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