Editor of Tennessee Paper Fired For This Headline Critical of Obama

Editor of Tennessee Paper Fired for Headline Critical of Obama (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Aug 2, 2013):

Does running this headline seem like a fireable offense to you?

“Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.”

Apparently, the powers that be at the Chattanooga Times Free Press thought so. They may want to drop the “free press” part of the paper’s name going forward. The editor, who’s name is Drew Johnson, was accused of going against policy by changing the headline at the last minute, but he claims: “we change headlines all the time at the last minute. I had a filler headline in that stunk and thought of that Johnny Paycheck song.”

Even if he did break procedure, how is that headline so offensive that an editor needed to be removed for it? After all, it was in the editorial section of the paper, where headlines like that are supposed to be. It appears that someone has very, very thin skin.

From The Hill:

“Free Press editor Drew Johnson has been terminated after placing a headline on an editorial outside of normal editing procedures,” the paper said in a statement. “Johnson’s headline, ‘Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough,’ appeared on the Free Press page Tuesday, the day President Barack Obama visited the city.”

The paper said the headline was “inappropriate for this newspaper” and that it “was not the original headline approved for publication.”

What a sad joke.

Full article from the Hill here.

Read Drew’s article here (with a different headline).

In Liberty,
Mike

1 thought on “Editor of Tennessee Paper Fired For This Headline Critical of Obama

  1. More and more menacing. Sign of a dictatorship, greater sign of weakness and fear. Not good.
    I was talking with a friend of mine about my terminal illness and pending demise, I said I might be getting rescued in the nick of time……I am very worried about the state of the world, and of this nation.
    I remember some time ago, must be a couple of years at this point when I read your summary of the state of the world….that you were not going to update it any longer because you see no hope. I agreed with you then, and still do.
    Thanks for all you do. Fewer and fewer US websites will dare speak their truth.

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