Maybe Mathews just doesn’t like to get his hands dirty. As The Gambit wrote in that same piece:

The paper’s new publisher, Ricky Mathews, who also is overseeing similar if not more drastic cuts at Newhouse papers he has been running in Alabama, was absent from the newsroom throughout the termination process.

Actually, Mathews did mention layoffs in his piece:

If we had done nothing, layoffs would be inevitable, year after year. Our ability to respond as we are responding today would have been severely impacted.

As Audit Publisher Dean Starkman pointed out the other day, “So, instead we’ll do them now.”

What a fiasco.

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.