Wednesday, October 23, 2002
Editor: Axing Coulter Didn't Cost Me My Job
By Dave Astor
NEW YORK -- Did "firing" Ann Coulter lead to the departure of the editor who axed her?
"I don't think that had anything to do with it," said Bob Unger, who -- in what he described as a "mutual" decision -- stepped down Monday as executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.
Early last month, Unger dropped Coulter from the newspaper's column lineup, arguing that her syndicated commentary was "mean." This decision infuriated many fans of the conservative Coulter, though Unger said "80 to 85%" of the more than 5,000 e-mails he ultimately received supported his decision. "I know that doesn't represent the general population, but it represented the people who wrote me," he told E&P Online.
So why did Unger and the Centre Daily Times part ways? Unger, who was reached at home, said there was "a difference in style and objective" between him and Henry Haitz, who became publisher of the paper several months ago. Unger declined to give specifics, noting that he was not allowed to do so under his separation agreement....
This from Editor & Publisher.