You can't blame Flint Journal staffers for being a little confused this week.
Two weeks ago they were told that a new round of buyouts are coming in October and some have even been called in and told it was probably time for them to take the buyouts and seek new employment. That sounds pretty definitive to me.
But then late last week, the Publisher in a couple of stand-up meetings, said no decisions have been made on any new buyouts or downsizing. The Publisher also denied any pending plans to shut down the press or to consolidate editing or reporting activities.
It's hard to imagine that the editor made up the buyouts or other information out of thin air and if he was honest enough to answer staff questions with what he knew, good for him.
If the Publisher is trying to limit damage from the early release with his "no decisions" comments when the reality is otherwise. Shame on him.
We know one thing. It can't be both ways. Either there is a new buyout plan coming or there is not one. Someone is not being honest.