Loyalty Shown the Door
Longtime CQ editor fired after questioning merger-related layoffs.
Brian Nutting showed his loyalty to the wrong group of peopleāor at least thatās what his bosses thought.
Following the round of 44 layoffs at the CQ-Roll Call Groupāassociated with parent company the Economist Groupās merger of recently-acquired Congressional Quarterly and Roll Callāthe 27-year CQ editor sent an e-mail to CQ-Roll Call Group executive vice president and managing director Laurie Battaglia, editorial director Mike Mills and the entire newsroom, demanding an explanation from top brass in regard to the cuts.
āWe were told that the people in the company were highly valued,ā Nutting wrote. āAnd now this.ā
That e-mail, or apparently not showing remorse for writing it, landed him a pink slip. In a memo to staffers Tuesday, posted by Mediabistroās FishbowlDC, Mills wrote that Nutting had left the company āeffective today.ā
That same day, Nutting told Politicoās Michael Calderone, who has covered the acquisition and subsequent merger extensively, that he was fired for āinsubordination.ā āI guess I was given one last chance to say I was sorry, that Iād done something impulsive, and I apologize," he told Calderone, indicating that he refused to apologize. āI didnāt feel like I could turn my back on the people I worked with," he said.
Itās a tough time in magazine publishing right now, and Iām sure there are A LOT of people in the industry who arenāt, and wonāt, speak up about management missteps for fear of losing their jobs. Donāt get me wrong, thoughāIām not saying that the CQ-Roll Call Group layoffs were necessarily the result of mismanagement.
What I am saying is that this isn't the first time weāve seen a passionate editor stand up for what he/she believesāeven with their job on the line. And I hope it isnāt the last.
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