published Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Paper may as well get rid of conservative side and other letters to the editors

Paper may as well get rid of conservative side

I learned this morning that Drew Johnson, the Free Press editorial page editor, had been terminated for a headline he wrote indicating that President Obama could “take his job plan and shove it.”

Obviously a takeoff on the song by Johnny Paycheck, this phrase was nothing more than an eye-catching means of taking issue with the president’s jobs agenda. There are generally two sides to every political question and each side should have the right to express their viewpoint on the same. You seem more than willing to allow Liberal columnists have their say on a variety of issues, often in quite graphic and forceful terms. If you’re unwilling to accept anything other than tepid criticism of President Obama’s agenda from Conservatives, you might as well do away with the right side of the editorial section and let Clay Bennett fill it with cartoons. Because that’s what your paper will have become—a joke!

HOWARD BROWN, Lookout Mountain


Good riddance to Drew Johnson's arrogance

Kudos to the Times Free Press for finally getting rid of Free Press editorial page editor Drew Johnson.

His arrogant, off -the-wall, and malicious editorials were so out of touch with the majority of the paper’s readers. From his personal vendettas with local public figures to his suggestions of legalizing prostitution and lowering the legal drinking age to 19 (causing even more teens to die on our roads), he used the paper to spread his warped views.

Good riddance!

DAVID SNYDER, Ringgold, Ga.


Obama administration a disgrace to America

Why would our congressmen and governor want to waste precious time listening to Obama’s worn out speech that has been around for four years? Why should they listen to a narcissist blame the House and everyone else for his failed policies? Congressman Fleischmann has worked hard trying to get funding for the Chickamauga Lock and Dam. Our president continues to ignore this dire situation. I noticed this was not addressed in his speech. I guess he would rather spend our tax dollars on his luxurious family vacations which cost us millions of dollars.

His phony scandals remark is an insult to all Americans and the families of the deceased. Four men dead in Benghazi and one man dead and hundreds of Mexicans in the Fast and Furious scandal which has all been ignored by this administration. The IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups. How can this and dead bodies be phony scandals? What a disgrace this is!

Is there any question as to why our representatives chose not to attend this event? Kudos to them to continue to do their work we elected them to do instead of wasting their time and taxpayers money attending this event.

JANET MINNIEAR, Hixson


Firing shows the left is intolerant to others

I have been a subscriber for several years. I enjoy the “newspaper” experience. However, I cannot tolerate the paper’s action against Mr. Johnson. The left is far less tolerant and far less civil than the right has ever thought about being. I will not be renewing my subscription to your paper.

ERIC FRIX, Cleveland, Tenn.

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jesse said...

After watching Drew on t.v. and seeing his attitude and demeanor i have a lot more sympathy w/T.F.P . for firing him! While his op/ed headline was within bounds I can see where he would be a pain in the arz to work with!

August 8, 2013 at 5:59 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

I suspect the headline of the editorial, while inappropriate, was just an excuse. Drew failed to toe the conservative line from the first day. Don't be blaming the liberals here-I think Drew was not conservative enough (or too libertarian) for the Free Press readers.

August 8, 2013 at 7:47 a.m.
soakya said...

Let me say first of all I believe the freedom of the press means the government can't suppress speech I don't believe it applies to a newspaper and its writers. However, I always thought opinion pieces were given the freedom to express their opinions without the threat of retaliation.

It's clear either Johnson or the CTFP is lying about the policy. Since many are calling him the liar there must be some proof. How did the CTFP prove Johnson was lying? Did they produce the signed dated policy that stated once approved no changes were allowed or did they just say he violated that policy. Saying there was a policy isn't proof. If it's a policy it should be in writing and easy to produce.

The CTFP can put a end to this now. Produce the signed dated policy by Johnson CTFP and settle this matter once and for all. Johnson cannot show the policy either because it doesn't exist or it wouldn't be in his interest to show it. If the CTFP refuses to show the signed dated policy many will continue to assume there was no such policy and why shouldn't they.

August 8, 2013 at 8:50 a.m.
jjmez said...

soakya, you must have never had a real job. Otherwise, you'd know there are written and unwritten policies. If you work in a store you know you can't change price tags without prior approval from management. Not only would it be against store policy, it would be a crime. No one signs a paper for that. Whether TFP has a written, unwritten policy or gave Drew verbal warnings, which they did on many occasion but he ignored policies, both written and un written, spoken and unspoken are in place at any workplace. Drew failed both as an employee and as a journalist. He was an employee. Unlike you, I or anyone who post OPINIONS. And as an employee of the TFP, he was bound to follow their rules, be they written or not. He'd just better be glad old Roy McDonald, the original founder of the FP is no longer alive, Roy would have had his head on a platter. And old man Roy was as conservative and extreme-far right wing as they got. He'd never have tolerated Drews immature tantrums and childish antics as long as the TFP staff did.

August 8, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.
soakya said...

So I guess they wouldn't have documented the previous times he was warned about his wrong doings either especially in today's litigious happy environment either. Or do they ignore that in real jobs also, I'm only asking because I wouldn't know.

Could you define a real job?

August 8, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.
jjmez said...

soakya said... So I guess they wouldn't have documented the previous times he was warned about his wrong doings either especially in today's litigious happy environment either. Or do they ignore that in real jobs also, I'm only asking because I wouldn't know.


From a personal standpoint, I really wouldn't know if they did or didn't "document" the warning. Some companies do while others don't. Some companies still try to give their employees the benefit of the doubt by just assuming they're going through a "learning process." You'd have to contact TFP to get your answer, if you're that concerned. Either way, whether they "documented" the warnings that led up to Drew's firing is irrelevant. They could have, and possibly should have, fired Drew a long time ago, but again, they were trying to be nice. But go ahead, let someone attempt to "litigate" the issue, and who know, TFP may just have a counter-litigation to go after. ;)

August 8, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.
soakya said...

Not looking for an answer. Just wondering why some are calling Johnson a liar without any evidence. As I said before the CTFP saying he violated the policy isn't proof. Counter litigation? For what?

August 8, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.
jjmez said...

soakya, we'll just have to assume you're very young and naïve. (1.) Why should TFP have to prove anything to you, me or anyone over the firing of Johnson? (2.) You're the one who mentioned litigation. Ever hear of sue/counter-sue? That can work both ways. (3.) Do you really believe TFP would be dumb enough to risk someone attempting to litigate if they had no proof? (4.) Are you naïve enough to believe they would show all their hand just to appease a few, very few, Drew supporters? Wasn't these Drew supporters the same clowns that went after Austin, Griscom, Todd on a campaign to force TFP to get rid of a bunch of liberals they didn't approve of, because of their liberals writings? In fact, one such campaigner openly started their effort to gain support and gather followers to get rid of those three posting right on TFP opinion's page. Now, the doo doo comes flying back atch'all and you don't like the stench of your own *&^%! At least Austin, Griscom and Todd were mature enough and man enough to move on without going on a smear campaign. Drew needs to grow up and the rest of you supporters needs to do the same.

August 8, 2013 at 4:03 p.m.
TheCommander said...

jjmez, they should actively prove it because they chose to defend their actions and attack Drew. News and information IS their product. I might be young, naive and unemployed like you call the other poster on this thread but I remember when Tylenol had their scare many years ago and when Ford had the issue with tire blowouts on Explorers: They worked hard to repair the image of their product. The TFP has taken a beating over this. Sokya's point is well taken (by me anyway): produce the evidence behind your accusations to protect yourself and your integrity as a newspaper or remian silent. You also make another assumption: sokya would cheer if someone on the other side of the column were treated the same way as Drew. I do not know any of the names you mentioned, but I for one think it is not good when an editorial writer gets canned for reasons other than people just aren't interested in what they are writing about. Clearly people were reading Drew. It is never honorable to go down without a fight if you have been truly wronged. If these others fought back, I believe those who would follow them would benefit. Because I trust what you are saying about these past writers is true, it solidifies my opinion that the TFP makes a snap reaction everytime powerful interests pull their choke chain. It wrong no matter who it happens to. Try not wish it upon anyone.

August 9, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.
chet123 said...

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THERE YOU GO...OBAMA...VERY GOOD... HA HA HA HA!

August 9, 2013 at 7:41 p.m.
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