Tennessee Editor Writes Headline to President Obama ‘Take Your Jobs Plan and Shove It,’ Gets Fired
Tennessee newspaper editor, Drew Johnson’s headline read, “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.” The president was visiting Chattanooga to speak about his job plans and according to Johnson’s article his advice wasn’t needed there.
Johnson was fired from the Chattanooga Times Free Press for using the headline in an editorial that got several complaints from supporters of President Obama.
He got the idea for the headline from the song, “Take This Job and Shove It”, that was recorded by Johnny Paycheck. He said that his criticism was in line with a large number of readers but there were more complaints than his boss wanted to deal with.
Johnson starts his article by saying, “President Obama, Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit.”
Johnson told Fox News, “Today I come into work and am told that I’m fired for violating that policy that wasn’t put in place until the day after I wrote the piece,” calling it a “retroactive firing.” Although he was fired over his headline, execs at the paper have left it up online because it is drawing so much traffic to their website.
He later added: “To answer a question I’ve gotten a lot: I feel confident that if the headline had referenced Bush instead of Obama, I would still have a job.”