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Closing down Tribune Co.’s frat house

Lee Abrams resigned from the Tribune Co. after The New York Times exposed the “sexist ‘frat house’ culture" among the company's top officers.

The resignation this week of Tribune Co. Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams was just a formality, said Michael Oneal and Phil Rosenthal in the Chicago Tribune. His career at the company, which publishes the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, ended last week, when The New York Times exposed the “sexist ‘frat house’ culture” among Tribune’s top brass. The Times story highlighted Abrams’ “stream-of-consciousness e-mails” and “boorish” behavior.

Days later, Abrams sent a companywide e-mail that linked to a pornographic video. He resigned soon after. Company sources say CEO Randy Michaels, whose own antics were detailed by the Times, is now under pressure from Tribune’s board as the company works to extricate itself from bankruptcy.

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