This tweet from the Seattle Times’ Mike Rosenberg is going somewhat viral this morning after he lamented the loss of journalism jobs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Alex Burns of the New York Times, a company that for the past 20 years has been helping to put local newspapers out of business because why buy the Cleveland Plain Dealer for national news when you can get it online for free at, called the layoffs a “human tragedy and a threat to democracy”:

Well, maybe the New York Times should stop selling digital subscriptions in Cleveland? Might that help?

Also, it’s always nice to see what kind of layoffs merit a “human tragedy” and which do not:

But please, please do not tweet “learn to c*de” at any of these folks. We don’t want to see our readers suspended: