The Day the Evil Tronc Killed the Daily Planet

The Day the Evil Tronc Killed the Daily Planet

So long, Clark Kent. Adios Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. The Daily Planet as we’ve known it is dead.

Kryptonite didn’t kill it. Nor any monsters from the Phantom Zone. Not even Lex Luthor.

No, the assassin is an entity known as Tronc.

In the history of bizarre corporate names, Tronc has to be near the top. It’s a Chicago-based media company, and among its collection of newspapers is the New York Daily News.

Daily NewsAnd, in case you didn’t know, when the creators of Superman needed a newspaper to model when they invented The Daily Planet, it was the New York Daily News that they chose: a scrappy tabloid, written for the average New Yorker, that crusaded against crime and corruption.

Its newsroom has been home to legendary journalists such as Jimmy Breslin, Dick Young, Liz Smith and the editorial cartoonist Bill Gallo. And Kent, and Lane, and Olsen, of course.

Yesterday, newsroom staffers at the Daily News learned their ranks were to be cut in half. Among the victims of the massive layoff was the newspaper’s editor.

In the comics, we knew him as Perry White. In the real world, his name is Jim Rich and this is what he had to say about Tronc’s gutting of the Daily News, a.k.a. The Daily Planet:

“If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you.”

To be fair, Tronc isn’t the only bad guy here. The Daily News has suffered along with every other newspaper in the world at the hands of the arch-villain known as the internet.

Still, it is a sad day for American journalism. Where is the Man of Steel when we need him?

For more on this story, turn to The New York Times account HERE.

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