Paper fires editor who changed headline

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Chattanooga Times Free Press has fired one of its editorial page editors after he changed the headline on a column critical of President Obama.

According to the paper, Drew Johnson was terminated after he put a new headline on the column that read, "Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough."

The headline appeared on Tuesday, the day President Barack Obama visited Chattanooga to introduce a jobs plan.

The paper says the decision to fire Johnson had nothing to do with the editorial's content.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has two editorial pages, one conservative and one liberal. The headline appeared on the conservative Free Press editorial page.

Neither Johnson nor Times Free Press Editor Alison Gerber immediately returned calls.


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