There is a reason why the Gannett news organization wants to keep your eyes focused on flags and the like. Gannett doesn't want anyone looking at their behavior or the behavior of some of the corporation's media outlets.
Like the recent federal class action lawsuit brought against Gannett alleging that the corporation is "running a racist workplace that makes it impossible for black workers to be promoted". The 26-page lawsuit, with 23 pages of attachments makes for interesting reading:
"Gannett ran a sophisticated scheme and cover 'in the form of focus groups and other means and methods that are subjectively manipulated by Gannett to achieve its discriminatory goals and objectives.'
According to the lawsuit, Gannett 'has a corporate custom, policy, pattern, practice and procedure of not promoting African-Americans to director and leadership positions and utilizing a ‘one-and-done policy’ that disparately impacts African-American employed within the company.'
Gannett, based in McLean, Va., is best known for its flagship newspaper, USA Today. Its chain of newspapers, TV stations and other media reach than 110 million people a month, according to the complaint."
A journalist employed at Gannett added:
“In sum, the overall employment atmosphere and attitude at Gannett is hostile toward recruitment, training, leadership, management and advancement of African-Americans into top broadcasting leadership positions and opportunities.”
The EEOC found that it could not certify that Gannett is in compliance with federal anti-discrimination law. The federal class action lawsuit "seeks class certification, restitution, and compensatory and punitive damages for Civil Rights Act violations, loss of prospective earnings and a court order 'to enjoin the discriminatory practices.'"
Gannett was also recently sued for age discrimination over its practice of replacing older employees with younger, less expensive ones. Over 1,300 Gannett employees have been "fired" since 2011.
Gannett is a ruthless corporation that points fingers in a public relations spin operation designed to take your focus off them. We will keep you informed about who they are. Stay tuned...