Just before the turn of the century, a guy named Jack Greenberg was CEO and Chairman of McDonald's Corp. He was NOT doing well and his many initiatives to "reinvent" McDonald's had failed terribly. His solution was to go on the investor conference calls and blame everything on the Owner/Operators. He and his team claimed that McDonald's restaurants had never been inspected or supervised by the corporation. There were no standards, no formal inspection process, and he was going to start one.
That was a surprise to McDonald's veterans. In truth, there had been an inspection program in place in the USA since the early 1970s so Greenberg was lying about nearly 30 years of history. I know because I was one of those doing those inspections and I was subjected to them as a franchisee.
We'll see how this develops but as of this past weekend, it appears that management might be taking the same "those lazy franchisees" approach. The implication is that getting a rewrite has been automatic and no standards were set or applied. We obtained our rewrites by just breathing.
This is another attempt to move the blame for anything that goes wrong onto the Owner/Operators. Then the pajama boys can move in and show the McDonald's system how to run a restaurant chain.