Referring to Zell's own claim to be Viagra the 126-year-old LAT needs, Boyarsky writes:
"I don't know about Sam, but the Times doesn't need Viagra. It needs journalists who can go to work each day without worrying about looking for a new job or whether they'll wind up with any money in the Employee Stock Ownership Program that Zell used to buy Tribune Co.Fat chance. The Zell Deal uses their money and gambles with their futures, but most employees didn't have a choice and don't have a voice in the ESOP. With $10 billion in debt hanging over Tribune employee heads, is it any wonder some Newsday staffers hope Murdoch takes over their paper?
Instead of silly pep talks, Sam ought to fire off some e-mails providing transparency on the ESOP deal."