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USA TODAY CRITIC BOWLES IS FIRED; HIS MOM CANCELS SUBSCRIPTION

September 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Yet another film critic has been pink-slipped. Scott Bowles, a critic for USA Today, was one of some 70 people laid off at the newspaper on Wednesday in advance of Gannett’s plan to spin off its newspapers next year. In an interview with the New York Times, Bowles speculated that senior employees were targeted because they were more expensive. "We were never told it was based on seniority or money we made, but you can’t help but feel that the money you made might have worked against you," he said. In a goodbye message to the newspaper’s staff, Bowles related this anecdote: "When my mom heard the news, she immediately called USA Today to cancel her subscription. She has a clip of every story I ever wrote. When the guy took mom’s cancellation order, he said, ‘May I ask why you’re canceling?’ Mom was pissed. ‘Sure,’ she said. ‘You laid off my son today.’ ‘I’m sorry to hear that,’ he said. ‘What if we offer you 25 percent off the subscription rate for an entire year?’ Mom declined."