censorshipAre you still under the delusion that there is freedom of speech and freedom of the press in Amerika?

A Tennessee newspaper, the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, just fired an editorial editor, Drew Johnson, for writing this headline:

Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.

Jeff Poor reports for the Daily Caller, Aug. 1, 2013, that the headline greeted the POS when he visited Chattanooga, Tenn. earlier this week, as part of his PR blitz on the supposed “recovering” economy.

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The editorial began:

Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit. Forgive us if you are not greeted with the same level of Southern hospitality that our area usually bestows on its distinguished guests. You see, we understand you are in town to share your umpteenth different job creation plan during your time in office. If it works as well as your other job creation programs, then thanks, but no thanks. We’d prefer you keep it to yourself.

In a story published on Thursday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press announced the firing of editor Drew Johnson and called his headline “inappropriate”:

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.

If you go to the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial now, you’ll see this headline instead:

President Obama’s policies have harmed Chattanooga enough

In effect, Mr. Johnson was fired for these “inappropriate” words:

Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press really should change its name to the Chattanooga Times Unfree Press.

Here’s contact info for Chattanoogan Times Unfree Press:

Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor

Address: 400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403

President, Publisher, and General Manager: Jason Taylor (423) 757-6370

Editor: Alison Gerber (423) 757-6408


I wonder what Obama’s NSA has on Jason Taylor?

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Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.