Letter to the Editor: Let Me Correct The Record

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Editor, 

I cannot speak in any way for Multimedia Platforms (MMP) or its amazing team of employees who are regrettably affected by your story, but in the interest of accuracy, kindly allow me to correct just one critical point as it applies to me personally.

Your very selective quotes from a single internal company memo, clearly not intended for publication, paints a misleading picture that is far from the truth. There were no threats or ultimatums given to staff. In full context, the memo you reference served to thank employees for weathering a temporary difficult situation. I believe my professional track record over the past 30 plus years is that of a dynamic team builder so any implied suggestion to the contrary would be unfair and unjustified.

I am happy to have served Multimedia Platforms as its President (Print) and Executive Group Publisher for the past 12 months and proud of many achievements, not least of which is assembling one of the most talented and dedicated team of professionals I have had the pleasure to work alongside. I wish CEO Bobby Blair and his team continued growth and success in their mission to build a publicly traded, LGBT multimedia company of unprecedented significance.

This is a challenging time for all media – print and digital. Indeed, the New York Times is just the latest major brand to announce it will be laying off hundreds of workers, although that news was not widely reported because most other media didn't deem it newsworthy. The same headline with different names is commonplace in the media industry.

While news that an LGBT competitor might be experiencing a possible setback is delicious by nature, I respectfully encourage the LGBT media at large to consider more carefully the criteria it uses to judge newsworthiness in such instances and, not least of all, to take into consideration the impact such a report may have on employees giving 110 percent of themselves.

– Peter Jackson


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