Editor and Publisher reports about the canning (“resignation” following a “suspension”) of the tasteful gent who ran that front-page story that New Yorkers saw staring out of newspaper boxes: â€œ52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Popeâ€ in the New York Press, “New York’s Premier Alternative Newspaper.”
Hey, what happened to the Village Voice?! The Voice, it appears, is actually “New York’s most influential must-read alternative newspaper.” Both papers (the premier and the must-read) share one objective quality: They’re free.
Anyway. Guy was fired because the publisher needed a goat to sacrifice when the story blew up. (I was about two blocks from St. Patrick’s Cathedral when I first saw the paper. There are over a million Catholics in New York City.) That’s the publisher’s right. No government made him do it; the First Amendment is not implicated. So let’s just don’t go there.