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.
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