Chattanooga Times Free Press officials said Thursday that Free Press editor Drew Johnson has been fired “after placing a headline on an editorial outside of normal editing procedures.”
The newspaper said, “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 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.
OK, so he operated outside of procedure — but an editor’s job is to make these kinds of judgement calls, isn’t it?
Besides, it was clever enough to warrant a pat on the back, not a pink slip.