Feb 18, 2013 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx
Excerpted from The Daily Caller: The lone conservative columnist at the largest and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling the publication out for its apparent liberal bias.
Columnist John David Dyche told The Daily Caller Monday that he’s written for the Louisville Courier-Journal for about a decade and his column had never been rejected until last week.
Dyche says he quit after Pam Platt, the paper’s editorial page editor, left him a voicemail on Feb. 11 making it clear they wouldn’t run his piece about the paper’s politics.
“Hi, John David, it’s Pam Platt at the Courier-Journal and I’m just calling to let you know that I’m not going to run your column tomorrow,” Platt said, according to a transcript provided to TheDC. “To me it goes sort of off of what your column is supposed to be.”
Added Platt: “My understanding is a conservative take on issues of the day and that’s not what this is. So, anyway, thanks a lot and I’ll talk to you soon.”
TheDC obtained a copy of the rejected column. In it, Dyche called on the editorial page to be more balanced.
“Journalistic jihads against Kentucky’s Republican U. S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, and crusades for gun control and higher taxes, are in full force and frequently fill almost the entire editorial and op-ed pages,” he wrote. “Such one-sidedness neither works in the marketplace nor serves the public interest.”
Dyche also called on the paper’s reporters to disclose their political affiliations in the spirit of transparency.