You know all the times print journos complain about low wages? Yeah. About that. . .
There’s a video going viral from TikTok of a man and a woman in a $183,000 Porsche and the driver is asked what he does for a living. He responds that he’s a journalist and the woman next to him clarifies that he’s an “ex-managing editor of the LA Times.” Have a watch:
— Sam Ro ? (@SamRo) March 5, 2021
We haven’t seen the driver officially identified yet, but Los Angeles Times journos are weighing in. Kelcie Pegher notes that “there’s a reason they used to call the LAT the velvet coffin”:
There’s a reason they used to call the LAT the velvet coffin ???
— Kelcie Pegher (@klcpegher) March 5, 2021
And Hector Becerra joked that he owns “a Lambo”:
I own a Lambo. pic.twitter.com/HJoGT2lXho
— Hector Becerra (@hbecerraLATimes) March 5, 2021
And Seema Mehta wondered if maybe the woman was the one with the cash in the relationship:
I don’t know that this is the case, but in the interest of fairness and not making assumptions, let’s not discount the idea that his wife could make a ton of money.
— Seema (@LATSeema) March 5, 2021
But, we’re being told, this isn’t how most journos live (well, duh):
Dear everyone who is not a journalist:
this is not how it works for most of us. overwhelming, we live paycheck to paycheck. living like this is (often but not always) possible when you’re a top exec sucking the $$ out of newspapers and refusing to compensate workers fairly. https://t.co/hQF4BgP8Dl
— Erin B. Logan (@erinblogan) March 5, 2021
Well, maybe journos are driving Hondas because all the suits are driving Porsches?
I’m not going hungry or anything but like… I drive a Honda https://t.co/gdTh90gAvi
— Kendra “Gloom is My Beat” Pierre-Louis (@KendraWrites) March 5, 2021
Or, at the very least, it pays to be an ex-Los Angeles time executive:
I guess it pays to be an ex-journalist https://t.co/8PDJ7OEYka
— Elise Hu (@elisewho) March 5, 2021