Drew Johnson, the editor who was recently fired over a headline that told President Obama to "shove it," hit back at the newspaper's claims about his firing in an interview with HuffPost Live on Friday.
Johnson, who ran the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial page, penned an editorial that read, "Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough." The newspaper said that he was fired for changing the headline at the last minute in violation of editing policies.
On Friday, Johnson told HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps that that wasn't the case at all. He said that the policy was instated two days after the editorial was published, and that he had regularly changed headlines without approval prior to that. He attributed his firing to "political pressure" from readers who disagreed with his piece, and in light of Obama's visit to Chattanooga.
As for the headline itself, Johnson said, "I was hired specifically to be the conservative, free market, limited government editorial page editor of one of the most conservative editorial pages in America. So what I was doing was representing a voice that reflected my readers."