M. Charles Bakst To Take the Buyout

… effective September 12, Turn to Ten reports. [H/T Ian Donnis at Not For Nothing.]

The longtime political columnist for The Providence Journal is retiring.
M. Charles Bakst is taking a buyout that was recently offered to a number of Journal employees.
For the past 40 years, Bakst has written weekly and Sunday columns for the newspaper. He also served as State House bureau chief.

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Greg
Greg
13 years ago

Charlie will finally have to learn how to manage a food budget without relying on catering tables and zip-loc baggies in his pockets.

Citizen Critic
Citizen Critic
13 years ago

Hooray!
M. Charles Backstabber’s liberal drivel is history!

leprechaun
leprechaun
13 years ago

Is it true that the buyout includes all the Lamb Chops he can eat and a place to sleep undetected at the Pawsox games .

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

Maybe an illegal alien will steal Charley’s identity and charge $20,000 at various buffet restaurants.
In all sincerity,he will not be missed any more than last week’s trash pickup.

Anthony
Anthony
13 years ago

Bakst’s appetite was surpassed only by his ego. Unfortunately, the quality of his columns surpassed neither.
Still, he became a Rhode Island institution by virtue of the position he held. Perhaps the Projo will consider keeping the column, but injecting some fresh blood.

Roland
Roland
13 years ago

Goodbye forever! He will be sorely missed and I do mean it literally. I can finally take the stake out of my eye that was there to take the focus off Bakst.
Why did he use first initial of his name, followed by middle and last name?
Did he think it would add an aire of importance like M. Night Shyamalan?
Goodbye, so long, enough your end in P-town or wherever you go just please stay away from a phone, typewriter, PDA or any other device where you can document your ignorance for all mankind.

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

Merrill C. may be just the beginning of the star power the ProJo will lose as a result of the buyouts. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bob Kerr leave, either.
The face of the Red Sox coverage could undergo some drastic change – with the shakeups at the Globe and Herald creating opportunities, don’t be surprised to see Sean McAdam go, either. Or Jim Donaldson, whose self-righteousness, from where I sit, goes well beyond anything Bakst is guilty of.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
13 years ago

Rhody-I never quite got it about sportswriters-you watch the ballgame and that’s it.Do we really need someone to explain it?

johnpaycheck
johnpaycheck
13 years ago

mcb hasnt had ascope in years….for al the time he spent in ri and ploitics, all he could do is right about the rehashed news….
all of the backroom deals…..how could you know nothing.
reminds of sheldon whitehouse, ag for 8 years and never indicted one politician

Mike
Mike
13 years ago

Rhody is the official anti-Italian commisar of Jerzyk’s blog. freddy View profile More options Aug 5, 12:11 am Newsgroups: alt.alien.vampire.flonk.flonk.flonk From: freddy Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 21:11:06 -0700 (PDT) Local: Tues, Aug 5 2008 12:11 am Subject: rif Reply | Reply to author | Forward | Print | Individual message | Show original | Remove | Report this message | Find messages by this author *[new] Nice research, Matt. (0.00 / 0) Hopefully, some of North Providence’s Italian-Americans who tend to spew right-wing rhetoric will read that piece. Let Mayor Lombardi be the first. by: Rhody @ Fri Aug 17, 2007 at 10:51:42 AM EDT *[new] The Don’s just a thug (3.00 / 1) He figures he can get away with it because it’s a friendly talk radio audience, and that righty Italian-American Democrats will vouch for him like they always do. by: Rhody @ Fri Oct 19, 2007 at 11:05:20 AM EDT *[new] Carcieri – is that Italian for “lying sack”? (0.00 / 0) . by: Rhody @ Wed Jan 16, 2008 at 20:33:32 PM EST Sue Carcieri reminds me of Phil Leotardo’s wife in “The Sopranos.” She was the one agitating Phil into killing Vito because he was gay, and Phil did it (probably knowing it wasn’t good for business) out of guilt over his comattas. by: Rhody @ Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 11:34:37 AM EST *[new] If The Don’s serious about budget cutting… (0.00 / 0) …he ought to lay off all the comattas in state government – by: Rhody @ Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 23:45:35 PM EST *[new] Orefice – what language is that for comatta? (0.00 / 0) Oh, I kid. by: Rhody @ Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 00:20:55 AM EST *[new] How soon she forgets (0.00 / 0) Geraldine, just… Read more »

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

Nice boardinghouse reach, Mike, especially since we’re dealing with a post about a cantankerous old Jewish guy of sometimes questionable personal habits.
Let me guess…you consider Mario Cuomo a traitor and, in the spirit of this post, you’d love to see him garrotted.
Be careful of pricking your fingers, Mike.

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