AOL’s bumbling management of its Patch hyperlocal news operation under CEO Tim Armstrong has taken another amateurish turn—with Armstrong firing Patch creative director Abel Lenz in front of 1,000 co-workers during a conference call. Armstrong’s antics Friday were so clumsy—and boorish—that it apparently didn’t sink in immediately that he wasn’t kidding. Business insider has a story and audio. How aimless has AOL’s Patch management become? Romenesko has a sampler.
Oh, and Armstrong is postponing for a few more days bringing down the ax on 300—or is it 400, who knows?—of Patch’s 900 sites.