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  •  Voting LaTourette out- YES! (2+ / 0-)
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    MikeTheLiberal, Ninepatch
    Suing, not so much. I'm not certain what would be gained. It's really not a question of First Amendment rights because a paper can print -- or not print -- anything it wants. if you could sue a paper for not printing something, anyone whose press release didn't get in would be suing them.

    The big issue to me is the paper's capitulating to LaTouretee by imposing new rules that flew in the face of the initial ground rules for the project.

    I'm disappointed that former PD reporter Bill Sloat over at the Daily Bellwether blog is defending the PD, first by attempting to insist these partisan bloggers should have been bound by reporters' rules (uh, Bill -- one of the righties called Hillary "Chillary." Do they allow that in news stories?), second by now saying that unnamed "political insiders" have told him that LaTourette did not "pressure" the paper; he merely "mentioned" his concern about Jeff to them on several occasions. WHATever. That's just so lame. A politician doesn't just "mention" his concern about an employee supporting an opponent unless he wants something done about it. Anyway, I suspect these "polticial insiders" are LaTourette staffers, and I've also been told that LaTourette has a history of this type of coercion.

    Bill O'Neill would appreciate your support in helping him unseat Stevie, so he can work on ending the war in Iraq, enacting universal single-payer health care and undoing some of the damage Stevie did by being the deciding vote on CAFTA.
    http://www.oneill08.com/

    We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

    by anastasia p on Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 10:49:42 AM PDT

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