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Drew Johnson, an editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, was fired today for publishing a headline that was too critical of President Barack Obama. The headline was published as Obama was preparing to visit Chattanooga, Tenn., to give a speech on job creation.
The headline reads “Take your jobs plans and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.”
The article, which apparently was the most read on the site for the day, was critical of Obama’s job creation strategies while sarcastically telling him not expect a warm southern greeting upon his arrival to the city.
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Days after the headline was published, Johnson was fired. The Times Free Press said they have no problem with the content of the article, only with the headline.
The newspaper published a short article today explaining Johnson’s firing. Here’s an excerpt:
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.
Johnson later tweeted about his firing, saying “I just became the first person in the history of newspapers to be fired for writing a paper’s most-read article.”