It is unclear if the Times will be able to appease staff members but it is reported that government officials are taking notice of the turmoil.
The New York Times is scrambling to quell a staff rebellion at its metro desk after the section’s editor, Cliff Levy, unleashed a blistering email to staffers last week, saying the section had “lost its footing” and was in need of “urgent” change.
The News Guild of New York, which represents the 40-plus journalists in the section, called Levy’s memo a “public fragging” by Times management and said his offer of “voluntary” buyouts was “an unexpected threat to our journalism and our jobs.”
“This public fragging of journalists by a Times manager with a manufactured narrative of staff obstinacy should make every decent member of management cringe,” the guild said in a late Thursday memo to its members. “It has been met with disgust by rank-and-file journalists across the newsroom.”
A town hall meeting with Times executive editor Dean Baquet was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday.