Embarrassed by public disclosure that Courant management – for the first time in its history – is holding up a story of a state investigation into one of its prime advertisers, the nation’s oldest newspaper is now scrambling to get it into print.
The column was written by me last month, was scheduled to run Aug. 2 but without an explanation it was held by the top managers at The Courant. I was then fired on Aug. 3.
The column was published this week on Ctwatchdog.com, our new website.
Courant business editor Dan Haar has been given the unenviable job of getting the column into print with some additional information to make it look like it was being held for good reason.
A couple of problems with train of Â logic:
Chief editor Jeff Levine told me he wanted a “short” column without a lot of explanation.
There were no pending questions when my direct editor approved the column.
It could have run as a straight news story, since it had no opinions, just facts.
It will be interesting to see how the Courant management tries to wriggle out of this one.
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