Friday, February 15, 2013
C-J Loses John David Dyche
Those philosopher kings at the C-J must have a deep longing for early retirement, or irrelevancy. They have refused to publish John David Dyche's weekly column -- his best ever -- because it called the paper out for its liberal bias. Apparently, this column struck too close to home.
For example, JDD suggested that if the paper really supports transparency, how about it live stream its editorial meetings, and release the party registration of its editors and writers. Scrutiny and transparency for thee, but not me, pronounces the Courier-Journal.
Rather than take to heart some suggestions for improving the paper, or at least letting the column run, it was much easier to tell JDD that this week's column was off-topic, and will not appear. (And in a voice mail: classy!)
That gave the one token conservative no choice but to resign. John David could not be expected to write with the boldness that has characterized his column, while knowing that Pam Platt stood ready to censor him when he offended the powers that be at the C-J. That would have been an intolerable situation, and he was right to quit.
So much for speaking truth to power.
Mandy Connell has the column in question, JDD's response and the transcript of the voice mail from Pam Platt, informing JDD that she had decided not to run the column. Mandy will interview John David Monday morning.
John David was too good for that rag. We hear that Insider Louisville would love to publish him (so would we!) and wish him all the best.