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Chattanooga Times Editor Fired Over Anti-Obama Headline
The Daily Bret ^ | Augusy 1, 2013 | Howard Kurtz, Fox News Analyst

Posted on 08/01/2013 1:28:11 PM PDT by don-o

The editorial page editor of a Chattanooga newspaper has become, as he tweeted today, “the first person in the history of newspapers to be fired for writing a paper’s most-read article.”

The problem was not the anti-Obama editorial itself. It was the headline: “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.”

Is that, in this age of vigorous media debate, really a firing offense?

The Chattanooga Times Free Press says that Drew Johnson got the boot, after just 14 months on the job, for adding the headline “outside of normal editing procedures.” The editorial appeared on Tuesday, the day that Obama visited the Tennessee town.

The Times Free Press says that “the headline was inappropriate for this newspaper. It was not the original headline approved for publication, and Johnson violated the normal editing process when he changed the headline. The newspaper’s decision to terminate Johnson had nothing to do with the content of the editorial, which criticized the president’s job creation ideas and Chattanooga’s Smart Grid. The Free Press page has often printed editorials critical of the president and his policies.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kentucky; US: Ohio; US: Tennessee; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: chattanooga; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; tennessee
Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough
1 posted on 08/01/2013 1:28:11 PM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o
"this age of vigorous media debate"

Apparently...not.

2 posted on 08/01/2013 1:30:41 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Paging Voltaire!


3 posted on 08/01/2013 1:33:29 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: BenLurkin

Paging Voltaire!


4 posted on 08/01/2013 1:33:43 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: don-o

He wrote a great article. Crying shame he got let go.


5 posted on 08/01/2013 1:34:38 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: don-o

He left out the prepositional phrase telling him where to shove it!


6 posted on 08/01/2013 1:35:32 PM PDT by Freedom of Speech Wins
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To: massgopguy
Paging Voltaire!

...or Johnny Paycheck.

7 posted on 08/01/2013 1:35:44 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: don-o
How DARE anyone voice opposition the The Messiah?

Just because we USED to have Freedom, this is the Asshole-in-Chief's Amerika now.....

8 posted on 08/01/2013 1:35:52 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: don-o

Oh, gosh. In friendly, Free-World Chattanooga.


9 posted on 08/01/2013 1:36:11 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("See something, say something.")
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To: don-o

Leave out a prepositional phrase like that that would have told him where to shove it, and I would fire him too.


10 posted on 08/01/2013 1:36:48 PM PDT by Freedom of Speech Wins
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To: don-o

Hope the NSA wasn’t taping his phones.....wonder if he was a “flight risk”?


11 posted on 08/01/2013 1:37:18 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: don-o

But “Ford to City, “Drop Dead’” was perfectly ok.


12 posted on 08/01/2013 1:37:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: don-o

Chattanooga isn’t as conservative as they let on...those idiots elected Bob Corker mayor which made him think he’d be a good US Senator.

Wrong!!


13 posted on 08/01/2013 1:38:24 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Note to the NSA: I approved this dissention. What are you going to do about it Punks?)
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To: upchuck

He wont be jobless for long, and that newspaper needs to see its subscriptions drop like a rock...bet you the newspaper suffers more damage than the guy canned...


14 posted on 08/01/2013 1:38:27 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: dps.inspect

I hope local conservatives who still bought the paper drop their subscriptions.


15 posted on 08/01/2013 1:39:04 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: don-o

I trust any conservatives who may still subscribe to that paper, immediately will contact them to cancel and let them know why!


16 posted on 08/01/2013 1:40:24 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: Wurlitzer

This guy and his writing might have been the sole reason a lot of locals still bought the paper. I wonder if the CTFP will now just rerun NY Times and WashPost editorials.


17 posted on 08/01/2013 1:41:54 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: don-o

Aw dang it. As a resident of Memphis I was so impressed with this newspaper cause its a criticism of Obama I would not see in the local liberal Commercial Appeal.


18 posted on 08/01/2013 1:44:13 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: don-o
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
19 posted on 08/01/2013 1:44:37 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: don-o

well, they can’t fire everyone...or...maybe..nevermind


20 posted on 08/01/2013 1:45:54 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: don-o

Well, since we are nop longer a Democratic Republic, lese majestie is a serious offense. He’s lucky he isn’t hung, drawn and quartered. (Sarcasm)


21 posted on 08/01/2013 1:46:02 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: upchuck

It also be a shame if conservatives cancel their subscriptions to this Pravda
rag.


22 posted on 08/01/2013 1:50:34 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: don-o

Not being familiar with this newspaper, what are the chances an editor would have been fired for printing said editorial when W was Prez?


23 posted on 08/01/2013 1:50:44 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc
When will people wake up and get rid of the politically correct crap. Seems there is an Article 1 of our constitution related to free speech.

Well, my free speech comment for today is, “GET RID OF ODUMBO, HE IS A BLIGHT ON THIS ONCE GREAT COUNTRY!
The man belongs in jail!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now hopefully someone will read this and take it to heart and start the impeachment proceedings.

PS. You cannot imagine in your wildest dreams what I want to say about odumbo.

24 posted on 08/01/2013 2:00:26 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Fledermaus

Always heard that about Chattanooga.
Strange little pocket of blue for as far south as it is.


25 posted on 08/01/2013 2:03:30 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: don-o
This paper has separate conservative and liberal editorial pages.

I understand that the editor violated policy by changing the headline without approval. But, I have a couple of questions:

Yes, those are more than a couple of questions. But, I guess it's a couple of themes.

Frankly, I think the newspaper over-reacted. But, what I really want to know: are they being consistent? Or did they just use this infraction to get rid of a thorn in their side?

26 posted on 08/01/2013 2:03:46 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Freedom of Speech Wins

What if he said ...
Take your jobs plan and shove it up your obama, Mr. President.


27 posted on 08/01/2013 2:18:31 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: don-o

...The Chattanooga Semi - Free Press now looking for a liberal editor-in-chief


28 posted on 08/01/2013 2:19:08 PM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: justlurking
Or did they just use this infraction to get rid of a thorn in their side?

Is that a rhetorical question?

29 posted on 08/01/2013 2:20:05 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (www.greenhornshooting.com)
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To: Insigne123

Given the trend in print media, they will have a huge swarm of potential candidates.....


30 posted on 08/01/2013 2:20:53 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: don-o

People are probably starting to envy Snowdon.


31 posted on 08/01/2013 2:22:18 PM PDT by dforest (BR)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Is that a rhetorical question?

Thanks, I needed that laugh. :-)

32 posted on 08/01/2013 2:41:08 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: don-o
The Nation's Idol and messiahs is not to be taken in vain or used disparagingly. I know this from experience. At church one Sunday before service, I spoke about the Nation's Idol and savior with less than the reverence than a visitor from up North felt was due him, and was severely castigated for my indiscretion by him. They are things one can do in this life without suffering repercussions, but, speaking irreverently of the Nation's messiah is not one of them
33 posted on 08/01/2013 2:57:59 PM PDT by sport
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To: RginTN

For some reason I’m reminded of the Mark Twain short story, “Journalism in Tennessee”. I think Mr. Clemens might advise Mr. Johnson to go find the guy that fired him and to
“Cowhide” him or her. Or whatever it calls itself. Their excuse for this firing is all-out BS.


34 posted on 08/01/2013 2:59:35 PM PDT by Rick_Tygart (Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy.)
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To: Rick_Tygart

Their excuse for this firing is all-out BS.


I wondered if the Regime influenced them or they are Obots.


35 posted on 08/01/2013 6:38:03 PM PDT by RginTN
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