Oct. 11, 2004

Bush Supporters Attack Hometown Newspapers Staff

Crawford Paper Threatened The Crawford (TX) paper that opined against President Bush recently has been subjected to threats -- of commercial harm and physical violence. Iconoclast publisher explains: "We have been told by several avid Bush supporters that the days when newspapers publish editorials without personal repercussions are over... When Bush was endorsed four years ago, the Gore supporters did not respond with threats, nor did Democrats when we endorsed Reagan twice. Republicans did not threaten us personally or our business when we endorsed Carter and Clinton for their first terms... The new mode of operation, I am told, is that when a newspaper prints an editorial of which some sectors might disagree, the focus is now upon how to run the newspaper out of business

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