Sam Zell

Tribune execs go off-color again *

leeabramsshow.jpgThis time it's the always-entertaining Lee Abrams, the radio guy who's been drawing a Tribune Company paycheck as chief innovations guru for a few years now. His company-wide inspirational memo this week included "links to off-color satirical videos, including one he labeled 'Sluts' in which a gyrating woman appears to pour liquor on her bare breasts," says Chicago Breaking Business. The memo inspired the editor of the Chicago Tribune to complain to Abrams — whose innovations have included letting him fly his personal plane around the Midwest to eat unhealthy lunches on camera — and to the HR department. "I thought it was offensive and I thought it was completely inappropriate to be sent out in a workplace setting to everyone in this company,” editor Gerould Kern said Tuesday. “We’ve had some employees complain as well, and I took it to HR."

Just last week, Kern responded to the outcry over the NYT piece on the culture brought to Tribune by Abrams and Randy Michaels with a memo saying that his newsroom was keeping to the highest standards.

* Afternoon update: Yeah, Abrams apologizes.

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