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Is Motley Fool Cutting Wages????



January 14, 2009 – Comments (10)

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Gannett Co., the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, said it will make most of its U.S. employees, including Chief Executive Officer Craig Dubow, take one week of unpaid leave this quarter to help save money.

The McLean, Virginia-based company is asking its union workers to participate in the unpaid-leave program, Dubow, 54, said today in a memo to employees.

Gannett is located not too far from Motley Fool.  This may become a trend as an alternative or supplement to layoffs.

GE Aviation Plans to Cut More Than 1,000 Salaried Jobs as Order Pace Slows

Layoffs and hiring freezes are common: Beige Book

Seagate to shed almost 3,000 jobs and will cut salaries

Walgreens to cut about 1,000 positions in 2009

Notice the diversity of industries..........

Prepare....Don't Despair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 14, 2009 at 4:32 PM, motleyanimal (35.76) wrote:

What an absurd header! You wouldn't survive a week as a journalist. Based solely on location, my young niece who lives in Virginia Beach recently gave birth to a beautiful little girl. So what header could I derive from this event?


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#2) On January 14, 2009 at 4:51 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

I could see that headline if your daughter was on fertility medication and she worked for motley fool/or other news agency.  However, I fail to what raming up egg production has to do with delivering a child.  Despite my ignorance, if your niece in fact delivered, congrats!!!!

As far as my headline, please note the question marks.

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#3) On January 14, 2009 at 5:26 PM, dinodelaurentis (83.61) wrote:


just like TMF can "justify" their cutsey-poo headlines, now you can justify yours.

Dr. A. is waaaaaaaaay out on this one. :)

(at least you don't recycle old articles under new headlines!)

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#4) On January 14, 2009 at 5:28 PM, motleyanimal (35.76) wrote:

Your headline implies that the Motley Fool is cutting wages via unpaid leave and may be in similar financial difficulty based only on the fact that they are also located in Virginia, as is Gannett. The question marks don't save you from writing an irresponsible and misleading blog post.

My example of a header was an attempt to point out the absurdity of this type of tabloid-styled writing. Obviously egg production has nothing to do with the Motley Fool, and neither do wage cuts at an unrelated company.

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#5) On January 14, 2009 at 5:54 PM, davidjon13 (55.94) wrote:

However, I fail to what raming up egg production has to do with delivering a child.

The connection is perfectly clear (or at least as clear as any connection one sees mentioned on an investing site):

Some time around the age of 12, his niece sharply ramped up egg production, from 0/12-years to roughly 1/month.  Within a few years of so doing, she had a baby, and I think it is safe to assume a causal relationship between the increased egg production and the birth:  If she hadn't ramped up her egg production, she wouldn't have had the baby. 

Given this information, we now have enough information to write an article correctly entitled "MOTLEY FOOLS RAMP UP EGG PRODUCTION", meaning that the female employees of MF similarly ramped up their egg production within the last few years, at about the age of 12, from 0/12-years to roughly 1/month. 


My congratulations also. 


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#6) On January 14, 2009 at 6:00 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:

My headline implies simply asks the question "IS"

Based on the fact that both Gannett and MF are publishers and have strong online presences.......the comparison seems relevant.  The geographical overlap is more relevant for local news versus comparison.

What makes you think ANY business is immune from unpaid leaves, layoffs or other business difficulties in the current environment????

Especially in light of the following just today:

Seagate lays off 3000

Motorola announces an ADDITIONAL 4000 cuts

Oracle announces cuts

Walgreens 1000 as well

Barnes and Noble slashes jobs at headquarters

Nortel declares bankruptcy

Flextronics likely to be negatively impacted by the Nortel BK

Gottchalks delcares bankruptcy

Goodys declares bankruptcy

Shane Cos delcares bankruptcy

What do you think tommorow will bring?????

In light of the above, now do you think my headline is misleading or untimely?????

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#7) On January 14, 2009 at 6:09 PM, alstry (< 20) wrote:


I wasn't discussing egg production in general terms, simply questioning how his niece had any relevance to motley fool. 

Conversely, both Gannett and MF are large publishers that generate a significant parts of their revenues from advertising.  My guess is that they have a lot of overlapping customers and similar revenue streams.  What effects one otensibly may effect the other.

What is interesting about this line of discussion is it goes to players abilities to  sift out what is relevant  and what is not.....maybe that is why our relative scores are what they are:)??



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#8) On January 14, 2009 at 6:15 PM, tfirst (75.66) wrote:

What?  The Motley Fools get paid! I thought maybe they got free internet access and commision free trades.  When I was younger I wanted to find a job that paid me to drink. Now I want to find a job that pays me to gamble..

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#9) On January 14, 2009 at 6:21 PM, redneckdemon (< 20) wrote:

Be a weather man.

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#10) On January 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM, TMFRhino (99.24) wrote:

I think we're doing just fine around here, but thank you for your concern.

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