McClatchy Reporters Complain that Owner Kevin McClatchy Gives Scoop Away to Bloomberg
Why didn’t Kevin McClatchy come out in a McClatchy newspaper?
I’ve heard from two McClatchy journalists about Kevin McClatchy coming out in Frank Bruni’s Sunday column.
Am I the only one who thought it odd that Kevin McClatchy, chairman of a vast news empire stretching from Miami to Alaska, told his story to The New York Times? Frank Bruni is a great reporter who has written movingly of his own experiences. But still … it would be as though Arthur Sulzberger choose to break family news through Bloomberg. I can’t imagine that happening.
The second journalist writes:
I have to say I found it stunning that he would bypass his own papers, even if he established a rapport with the NYT’s writer. What message does that sends to the employees – that even he thinks McClatchy is second tier or maybe third tier? and how can a manager ever again ask a reporter how they got beat by the Times?
Actually, McClatchy did come out to a McClatchy paper, too. He did a phone interview on Saturday with the Sacramento Bee’s Marcos Breton, who wrote a Sunday piece that acknowledges the McClatchy paper didn’t get the scoop. “The interview in the Times on Sunday, Sept. 23, is the 49-year-old McClatchy’s first public acknowledgement of his sexual orientation,” notes Breton.