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08/01/2013 03:28 pm ET | Updated Oct 01, 2013

Drew Johnson, Chattanooga Editor, Fired Over Anti-Obama Headline

An editor has been fired for telling President Obama to "shove it" in a headline.

Drew Johnson, who led the editorial page at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, ran a critical column about Obama with the headline, "Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough."

This apparently did not sit well with Johnson's superiors, who promptly relieved him of his duties. They told the rival Chattanoogan that Johnson's headline was "inappropriate" and that he had changed it at the last minute in violation of "the normal editing process."

Johnson fired back on Twitter:

I just became the first person in the history of newspapers to be fired for writing a paper's most-read article.
http://t.co/BPOTzihZoT

-- Drew Johnson (@Drews_Views) August 1, 2013

@Derrall We change headlines all the time at the last minute. I had a filler headline in that stunk and thought of that Johnny Paycheck song

-- Drew Johnson (@Drews_Views) August 1, 2013

Any time the paper wanted to change the headline online (which is how most people read the editorial), they could've.

-- Drew Johnson (@Drews_Views) August 1, 2013

(h/t Romenesko)

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