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Lileks Update

Tuesday, May 8, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From this morning’s Bleat:

After the announcement the phones began to ring; I got a call from a local TV station. They were going to be outside and wanted a reaction on the end of my column. Good Lord. Television cares? Of course, it doesn’t – but Strib cutbacks were a story, and as far as anyone knew I was the only public casualty thus far. I said I could only confirm the fact, and that was about all I had to add. Fine! So I went down, stood in front of the camera, and when the tape rolled I said:

“I regret that after 30 years of writing columns in this market, including ten with this newspaper that I love very much, this local conversation has come to an end. However, I believe that if the newspapers of the country pool their resources, we can send an Arnold-Schwartzenegger-style robot back in time to kill the inventor of the Internet, and then our future will be much brighter.”

The reporter looked at me and said “I’m sorry, I didn’t get the first part? Your column is cancelled?”

Memo to the Strib management: This isn’t hard.  Ask James for 750 web words on M, W, F, Sunday, and reuse the best stuff in the paper.  Hios beat: The Twin Cities.  Make him take pictures.  The reach of that column will astound you.

Or don’t you want the traffic?

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