In a memo detailing the moves, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong tried to soften the blow:
That’s right, AOL is a net importer of journalists. But doesn’t that also mean that AOL is a gross exporter of journalists?
What a wonderful new euphemism. So much better than firing people or terminating people or even laying them off. And don’t even get me started on reducing headcount (only applicable at places where bodies are not required, like cable TV).
And I know what you’re thinking: “Don’t exporters require an ultimate destination?” Yes, they do. In the case of AOL, its journliats are being shipped off to a the unemployment lines (which import even more journalists than does AOL).