Newspaper publisher Richard L. Connor can’t stay out of the spotlight.
The Fort Worth Business Press owner (and former publisher of Fort Worth Star-Telegram) ought to know how to avoid headlines by now, and yet he stumbles from one hiccup to the next.
Not long ago his courage and integrity were questioned.
One of his newspapers, The Portland Press Herald, ran a front page story and photo of Muslims praying on the last day of Ramadan in 2010. Nothing wrong with that. But then some super patriots complained that Muslims were…gasp!…featured in a positive light in a newspaper published on Sept. 11.
No apology was necessary, but Conner printed one the next day on the front page. This prompted Blotch to call him “spineless.”
Now the Associated Press writes about an ethics complaint regarding a Connor newspaper allegedly giving away free newspaper ads to a favored political campaign.
I left a message with Connor to get his side of the story. I’ll add his remarks here if he returns the call.