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Charlie Rose Gives His Laid-Off Employees an On-Air Salute

I was all set to try to lighten the mood today with some good news: A small town newspaper owner who had a job opening for a reporter, at a decent wage.

Alas, the owner has asked me not to publish the salary he was offering, so I’m not going to act as his headhunter. Though I will say that he says he’s really looking for someone to buy his paper, and that “I always tell people that journalism is a dead-end job unless you own your own newspaper.” So this may not have been the job for you, anyway.

Instead, we’re back to layoffs. I hesitate to say that we’re done with layoffs for the year because the last time I did that, I got feedback from freshly fired readers who said I was premature. But even if we are done canning media workers in 2008, we are most assuredly going to be at it again in January.

With that in mind, here’s one way to send off your employees. Here’s southern gentleman Charlie Rose’s broadcast from last week:


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus