Last Friday, television network NBC announced that it was firing 500 people, or 3% of the workforce. Then today, on MSN (as in “MSNBC,” affiliated with NBC), an article appeared in which a cocky NBC employee, Stephen Lasher, brags like Chico Escuela that the recession been bery bery good to Stephen:
Now his spending money stretches further than before, thanks to retail store sales. Last month, he closed on his first home: a one-bedroom waterfront condo in a complex with a gym, pool and doorman.
“I am feeling good,” Lasher says.
We here at THE EXILED were puzzled at the timing of the NBC-affiliated article, an NBC employee bragging about how great the recession is for his buying spree plans just as his co-workers are getting fired. Is this a set-up to get Lasher fired? Or is NBC, and Lasher himself, really as stupid as they show themselves to be? Or worse, is the whole frickin culture they’re operating in so zombified and steeped in bargain-worship fanaticism that it can’t even grasp its own vileness?
Hard to say. Meanwhile, we’re going to keep a “Stephen Lasher Downsized” watch going, counting the days it takes for Lasher to get fired from NBC. And we’ll also keep a “Stephen Lasher Lynching” watch going, to see how many days it takes for his fired coworkers to storm his waterfront condo, tie him down to an elliptical machine, and throw him into his pool. Our heart goes out to the doorman in-advance.
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