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Did White House Have Something To Do With Chattanooga Editor's Firing?
Investors.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Editorial

Posted on 08/02/2013 5:00:46 PM PDT by jazusamo

Media: A Tennessee newspaper fired an editor over a hard-hitting editorial denouncing President Obama's jobs plan on the very day the president came to town to tout it. This has the odor of White House revanchism.

ngbfThe Chattanooga Times Free Press insists that its firing of Drew Johnson for the title of his editorial, "Take Your Jobs Plan And Shove It, Mr. President," was unrelated to content, and merely a case of an insubordinate editor changing his headline to a riff on a song by Nashville singer Johnny PayCheck over another headline. Frankly, it's hard to believe.

For one thing, it's odd in the news industry to fire someone over a headline that could easily be reversed on the Internet, if that's the issue. And it's strange for a newspaper to be angry about a headline that must have drawn hundreds of thousands of hits to the paper's website, with a prominent link on the Drudge Report.

Would they prefer a dull headline over one that readers wanted to click?

Lastly, Johnson said he changed headlines all the time at the last minute, something common in the industry.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: chattanooga; editor; firing; obama; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; tennessee
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Doubtful it's a coincidence, Obummer and handlers had to be ticked off.
1 posted on 08/02/2013 5:00:46 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Bankrupt The Chattanooga Times Free Press.


2 posted on 08/02/2013 5:02:45 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jazusamo; Revolting cat!
"Ehhh... COULD BE."


3 posted on 08/02/2013 5:03:27 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jazusamo

Probably threatened them with IRS.


4 posted on 08/02/2013 5:04:56 PM PDT by marron
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To: marron
1 9 8 4 !!
5 posted on 08/02/2013 5:07:00 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: jazusamo

Walton and Johnson have stated on air that they believe their radio show was dropped from Houston airwaves (their hometown, although they are also syndicated in other markets) because of something they said while Obama was coming through town on a fundraiser trip.

If I recall, their show was dropped shortly afterwards (one week after?). They also indicated they believed a local sports franchise owner moved his team’s radio broadcasts to another station in this same action (don’t know if they said the team owner was at the fundraiser or not). It took them several years to return to Houston radio.


6 posted on 08/02/2013 5:07:17 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jazusamo

That was my first thought. It seems they did it before if I remember. .


7 posted on 08/02/2013 5:08:22 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: a fool in paradise

I’ve read in the past that Obummer takes pleasure in getting even and believe it.


8 posted on 08/02/2013 5:10:55 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

it certainly wouldn’t surprise me

nothing from this administration does anymore. If Obama put hundreds of teapartyers in gulags it wouldn’t surprise me.


9 posted on 08/02/2013 5:12:30 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (EVERYTHING IS RACISM!!! except hating whitey)
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To: jazusamo

That NSA database is priceless.


10 posted on 08/02/2013 5:12:31 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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11 posted on 08/02/2013 5:13:22 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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12 posted on 08/02/2013 5:13:52 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: jazusamo

Clever headlines sell newspapers. If it was a clever headline and appropriate for the article, he did his job.


13 posted on 08/02/2013 5:14:30 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: jazusamo

The article was spot on. I watched a dvr of ‘Investing in America’
9/20/10
“A special town hall event with President Barack Obama, who discusses the economy and answers questions.”

Nothing has Changed. ‘He’s stuck on stupid!’ to borrow a phrase from General Honore.


14 posted on 08/02/2013 5:14:33 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: jazusamo

Mr. Johnson’s editorial didn’t honor President Obama.


15 posted on 08/02/2013 5:15:00 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: jazusamo
Wouldn't surprise me SINCE THE NEWS MEDIA ARE ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE OBAMA REGIME NOW.

I noticed Jay Leno isn't making any jokes about 0bama since July 30, the day it was announced 0bama will be on his show (TUESDAY AUGUST 6TH AND DO NOT WATCH LENO THAT NIGHT (not that you do anyway).

16 posted on 08/02/2013 5:16:31 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: jazusamo
Fired by Obama?

If I were still an editor, I'd call that a great résumé enhancer.

He won't be without a job for long, I'm thinking.

17 posted on 08/02/2013 5:18:40 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

LOL!! Right on, my friend.


18 posted on 08/02/2013 5:20:08 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

After the IRS audit tales, the “payback” stories about conservative owned GM dealerships being shuttered for political reasons seems much more believable.


19 posted on 08/02/2013 5:20:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jazusamo

This White House is like being a Horror Movie


20 posted on 08/02/2013 5:21:20 PM PDT by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: jazusamo

The narcissist cannot handle criticism.


21 posted on 08/02/2013 5:22:49 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: jazusamo
Dis is a nice newspaper you got here, it would be a pity if you had NRLB problems, an IRS audit or you wife and kids found out what the NSA knows about your little indiscretion with the pool boy...
22 posted on 08/02/2013 5:25:09 PM PDT by null and void (You don't know what "cutting edge" means till you insult Mohammed.)
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To: a fool in paradise
conservative owned GM dealerships being shuttered for political reasons seems much more believable.

Absolutely, that was no coincidence, IMO.

Obummer was in the middle of that bailout and conservative owners were axed no matter their superior sales.

23 posted on 08/02/2013 5:26:33 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: Cubs Fan
nothing from this administration does anymore. If Obama put hundreds of teapartyers in gulags it wouldn’t surprise me.

Putting them in Gulags would be tame, compared to what they would really like to do. I think that friend of Odumbo said they would like to eliminate 30 million of us. If they did that, it wouldn't surprise me either. Would 30 million people go quietly into the night? I am not sure one way or another.

24 posted on 08/02/2013 5:28:19 PM PDT by Mark17 (Yesterday I couldn't spell it. Today I are one, a creepy a$$ cracker)
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To: jazusamo

I don’t think of Chattanooga as being particularly liberal...


25 posted on 08/02/2013 5:36:03 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Old Yeller
The narcissist cannot handle criticism.

I'm going to try and find out. Obama...take your job and shove it. That is if Reggie isn't occupying the hole.
26 posted on 08/02/2013 5:36:24 PM PDT by jy8z (When push comes disguised as nudge, I do not budge.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I read the book by Caliph Baraq’s “auto czar” Steve “the rat” Rattner who oversaw the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies.

Funny thing was the Congress critter who gave them the most pushback on the dealer closures was Gabby Giffords.


27 posted on 08/02/2013 5:37:50 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Vendome
I don’t think of Chattanooga as being particularly liberal...

The "Times Free Press" is pretty liberal, despite having an opposing view page. They do a left-right wing on the editorial page, but the rest of the paper is pretty much AP-liberal.

The city itself - while it's somewhat conservative, it has plenty of liberals just waiting in the wings to turn Chattanooga into the next Detroit. Fortunately, we have some really alert and attentive conservatives around town.

Lest we forget, RINO Senator Corker was previously the Mayor of Chattanooga.

28 posted on 08/02/2013 5:43:33 PM PDT by meyer (What would John Hancock do?)
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To: jazusamo

Changing headlines at any time is totally common. I did it at our paper daily. You WANT attention grabbing headlines. That’s the whole freaking POINT of a headline.

This is the result of someone, either local advertizers or political operatives turning the screws.

Period.


29 posted on 08/02/2013 5:46:08 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: meyer

Love that outlet mall there and taking in the views at the top of the hill and pretending I can see 5 states.

Beautiful area.


30 posted on 08/02/2013 5:46:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: meyer

Thanks for your concise post, most interesting.


31 posted on 08/02/2013 5:48:24 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Bump.


32 posted on 08/02/2013 5:49:21 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

If they pick them off one by one, each individual/paper/ news outlet will back off and be intimidated. IF they all got together and announced, from the skies: “WE were intimidated by Obama” they would outnumber ALL the Chicago thugs in the WH.

“They came for the editor in Chattanooga, but it didn’t affect me, so I did nothing.”


33 posted on 08/02/2013 5:53:04 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: jazusamo

YES!

It simply amazes me how many people let themselves be bullied by Ophonybama!


34 posted on 08/02/2013 5:53:09 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: jazusamo

Headlines are changed/redone for all kinds of reasons. Size primarily to fit available space with the layout. But just because you are given i=one by whoever, AP included does not mean you are obligated to use it. Most people don’t know how a paper works so it’s not surprising this is a ‘controversy’. In truth it is being MADE into one.


35 posted on 08/02/2013 5:55:08 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: jazusamo

“If Obama were any more thin skinned, he’d have a reservoir tip,” joked Dennis Miller


36 posted on 08/02/2013 5:58:01 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: jazusamo

If so it backfired. Now the whole country has seen the headline.


37 posted on 08/02/2013 6:12:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Paladin2

I bet there were a few un-traceable calls put in-—I bet some from the Oval Office.


38 posted on 08/02/2013 6:13:23 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: NonValueAdded

“If Obama were any more thin skinned, he’d have a reservoir tip,” joked Dennis Miller

Ba-da-bing!


39 posted on 08/02/2013 6:15:31 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: BenLurkin

Yes! :-)


40 posted on 08/02/2013 6:15:53 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: Taxman

The outrage is not that the White House pressured the paper, it’s that the paper CAVED.

The press was once one of the main safeguards of our liberty but there is no more honor or integrity in the profession.


41 posted on 08/02/2013 6:16:50 PM PDT by Walrus (America died on November 6, 2012 --- RIP)
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To: jazusamo
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42 posted on 08/02/2013 6:26:25 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Walrus

Yes. It is too bad that We the People have no counter to a dishonest press.

Virtually EVERY society that has devolved into tyranny has been led down that path by a dishonest press.

We now are a nation governed of, by and for Ophonybama and his buddies.

Thanks to a complicit press!


43 posted on 08/02/2013 6:29:30 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: smoothsailing

OMG!! That’s the grossest pic I’ve seen in ages, I’d pay many times five bucks to keep it away. :-)


44 posted on 08/02/2013 6:30:31 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again...

This has Valerie Jarrett stink all over it.


45 posted on 08/02/2013 6:31:08 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Agreed, this is Jarrett’s MO.


46 posted on 08/02/2013 6:38:35 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

LOL! I stole it from iOwnTheWorld. They’re using it to get donations over there. :o)


47 posted on 08/02/2013 6:39:05 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo
It's the first thing that occurred to me...
48 posted on 08/02/2013 7:06:44 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: jazusamo

Drew Johnson took a political position against the president. The editorial was SUPPOSED to be debating whether Obama made his blue tie look better or his red one. Drew Johnson failed to stay on topic and got what he deserved.

/s


49 posted on 08/02/2013 7:15:40 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: jazusamo

Does a bear sh*t in the woods.


50 posted on 08/02/2013 7:18:30 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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