William West, the editor of the Central Valley Business Journal in California,Â says he was fired for writing a letter to the editor of The Stockton Record disagreeing with his employer over her presidential endorsement and her criticism of The Record.
A story in the Record stated, “Journal Publisher Sharon Alley-Calone denied the claim, saying she has West’s resignation in writing and would never fire someone over an expression of opinion. ‘He absolutely was not fired,’ she said.
“West, who had worked for the monthly regional business publication for more than three years, said he was terminated shortly after showing Alley-Calone the letter Wednesday.
“West’s letter, scheduled to be published Saturday in The Record, expresses support for The Record’s coverage of local issues. He also supports The Record’s endorsement of Democrat Barack Obama for president. Alley-Calone supports Republican John McCain.”
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