I couldn't make this up if I tried. A reliable Gannett Blog tipster says Corporate sent a human resources representative to the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., yesterday after the Big Cheeses in McLean, Va., got a letter describing a serious state of low morale in the newsroom. OK: We all know newsrooms are hothouses of unhappy journalists, so what could possibly have happened to raise such alarm bells?
In an earlier note, my tipster gives the backstory: "Two months back, it was discovered that someone defecated on the floor of the editorial men's restroom. It went 13 hours before being cleaned up, I might add. 13 hours. The 'evidence' was nowhere near any of the toilets, so one of the operations folks designated it an act of vandalism. . . . The event was christened 'Poopgate.' Fast forward to today when the same thing happened in the editorial women's restroom."
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[Image: this morning's Courier-Post, Newseum]