Corporate handbook hypocrisy

I can't stop watching this play out.

Ask fired L.A. Times editor Jim O'Shea if the new corporate boss means it when his "straight-talking" employee manual encourages "tough questions."

"Question authority and push back if you do not like the answer," the handbook says. "You will earn respect, and not get into trouble for asking tough questions. Remember, you are an employee owner. You have the right and obligation to ask questions."

Even the dullest "employee owner" at any Sam Zell Tribune Co. property around the nation saw what happened when O'Shea questioned authority. It just speeds your way out the door.

More... Opinion column, Editor & Publisher, 1.21.08

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