This is from the O’Reilly Factor. I’m neither a fan of O’Reilly nor the strategy to attack the AJC, which everyone already knows tilts to the left with Cynthia Tucker at the helm of the editorial board. But, this is still rather egregious.
O’REILLY: Now you accuse the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of censoring a reference to its parent company, Cox. Cox owns the Atlanta Journal. And you accuse them of doing something very unfair. Tell me what that was.
HEDRICK: Sure, I’ll be glad to. This came a couple weeks ago. Governor Perdue announced that there would be 2,000 new jobs in Columbus, Georgia. This is as a result of the company Aflac expanding.
The very next day, the AJC editorialized against the state offering financial incentives to help companies grow and create jobs, which we of course disagree with. We want there to be new jobs in Georgia, and Governor Perdue works hard to do that.
So we submitted an op-ed to argue the point that the state should offer financial incentives. But there was one very critical piece of that op-ed, and that was a sentence that explained that the AJC’S parent company, which is called Cox Enterprises, actually accepted more than $6 million in financial incentives to locate its headquarters right here in Atlanta.
O’REILLY: And they took that out?
HEDRICK: You’re exactly right. The amazing thing that really shocked us was that the editorial board censored our piece and actually removed that fact.
O’REILLY: They ran — they ran the whole op-ed that you guys put together, but they took out the Cox reference?
HEDRICK: That’s right.
O’REILLY: Is the Cox — is the Cox reference true?
HEDRICK: It is true. We actually have the documents. They were open records requested.
Also, I did not realize that the AJC trails only the San Francisco Chronicle in the number of cancelled subscriptions lately. That fact came out on the show too. It frankly doesn’t surprise me. While I have great respect for a number of reporters at the AJC, Cynthia Tucker has never met a right wing smear she did not accept as the whole truth. With lefty leadership like that, the editorial page cannot help but drift out of touch with its readership.