NY Press Fires Blogger

A bit of news from the small world of local political blogging: New York Press writer and blogger John DeSio is out, ending what has been his tortured relationship with the alt-weekly that was recently acquired by the more mainstream Manhattan Media.

From an email he‘s sending to friends and colleagues:

“Differences with new management over just what the column should be have kept it out of the paper since mid-September, and this morning I was informed that my services as a blogger were no longer required.”

DeSio, in what may well be a new trend for departing writers from that publication, launched his own web site. (Full disclosure: I worked for that paper under different management.)

Anyway, DeSio is keeping his job as an editor for a Bronx newspaper (which still isn’t online!), but at least he’ll be operating with less red tape.

Here’s his whole good-bye email:

Hello All,

As Homer Simpson once said, "welcome to the humiliating world of professional writing."

In February 2006 I took over the "Follow The Leader" political column and blogging duties at the New York Press. Differences with new management over just what the column should be have kept it out of the paper since mid-September, and this morning I was informed that my services as a blogger were no longer required. This effectively ends my association with the New York Press.

I have some other irons in the fire, so this won’t be the last you hear from me. And, for the time being, I’ll be continue to blog on my own at johndesio.blogspot.com. So please come by and check it out.

I wish new editor David Blum and everyone at the New York Press the best of luck. But it’s probably for the best that we start seeing other people.

If you want to reach out to me, my contact info is below.

All the best,

John DeSio