Not sure about the reasoning, but there are plenty of folks upset at the San Diego Union-Tribune for booting out popular long-time columnist Tim Sullivan yesterday.
On his Twitter account, Sullivan said:
(Friday) marks the end of my 10 years with the Union-Tribune. Thanks to all who have offered their insight, their time and their readership.
Later, he said:
No idea. I was reporting a column this afternoon when I was notified my services were no longer required.
Naturally, members of our fraternity were shocked. Sullivan is among the most respected columnists in the business, and he more than made his mark during his 10 years in San Diego. Hard to see how this makes the U-T a better paper.
Reaction from the Voice of San Diego.
The UT fired its best sports writer,” KPBS reporter Tom Fudge.
“I’m better for having worked beside Tim Sullivan. Craftsman, truth seeker, unfailingly fair. A journalist in the finest sense of the word,” U-T Chargers writer Kevin Acee.
Among those weighing on Twitter, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:
I’m biased, TimSullivan is my friend. But I will say this – it is insane that the SanDiego U-T let him go. He is a brilliant columnist.
Scott Miller of CBSSports.com:
UT San Diego firing columnist Tim Sullivan takes “dumbing down product for readers” to embarrassing low. Owner dumber than readers.
TimSullivan laid off in SanDiego. Have all newspaper executives lost their minds?
Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports:
TimSullivan714 is one of the most talented, decent and intelligent columnists in the country. What a thing.
Little wonder why people are baffled by this move.