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Is the Globe in play?

That, according to two Globe employees, was one big question raised at the Monday "town meeting" at the paper's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters.

When a possible sale of the Globe by the NYT Co. came up, one employee says, Arthur Sulzberger replied: "As you can imagine, we can't get into that whole thing.... We can't go down that road. That's why CEOs go to jail.... We do face a raft of challenging issues. That's the hand we were dealt." The focus, Sulzberger added, should be on "fixing the Globe and making the Globe the paper it should be...to get the Globe moving on a trajectory that offers growth and stability." Talking about a possible sale is "muddying the waters," he concluded.

Janet Robinson's answer was shorter. "Our focus has to be strengthening our business," she reportedly said. "We must do so in a way that's right for the Globe."

By way of comparison, contrast these non-denials to Robinson's November 2006 response to the Jack Welch/Jack Connors/Joe O'Donnell group.

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