Drew Johnson was let go from his position as head of the Chattanooga Free Press editorial page after printing an anti-Obama editorial with the headline “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.” He was fired for the headline, with the official reason being that he made a last-minute headline change “outside of normal editing procedures,” but Johnson told HuffPost Live today that this was a complete lie and he was fired for “political purposes.”RELATED: Another journalist fired for sassing Obama
He explained that it’s a general practice editorial headlines get changed at the last minute, and that after he ran his anti-Obama piece we was given a warning not to do it again. Fast-forward two days, and Johnson ended up getting fired for “a policy that was never in place until Tuesday, the day after I wrote the piece.”
He said he always had freedom to write what he wanted, and even sent out this tweet shortly after his firing was made public.
He told HuffPo he suspected the firing was the result of “political pressure” and potential embarrassment over the headline, but charged that the Free Press was perfectly happy to keep his title online. The headline, as of now, has been edited to read “President Obama’s policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.”
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