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Attack Room Closes

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Attack Room Closes

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Dotinga ( is a reporter at the North County Times, Escondido, Calif.

News Mait silences anonymous attacks against newsroom managers while reevaluating role

Drowning in a sea of vicious personal attacks against newspaper managers, the creator of the popular News Mait Web site has shut down the huge collection of insider newsroom gripes.

Maurice "Mo" Tamman says the "Newspaper Intelligence" section of his site has spun out of control, especially since E&P's Oct. 17 cover story on News Mait.

"It's as if the gloves have been taken off for some reason," Tamman says. "It's become a place to scream and yell. I don't know why."

He closed down the newspaper critique section on Sunday. The rest of the site ( remains online, including links to job banks and the results of a newsroom salary survey. Tamman, a reporter at Florida Today in Melbourne, says the critiques won't return for at least two weeks.

Over the past two years, newsroom employees have posted anonymous comments mostly negative - about some 400 newspapers. Critics charge editors with unethical behavior, shoddy management style and sexism. …

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