Monday, August 12, 2002

Who needs TIPS? [Washington Post])
The Los Angeles Times fired reporter Brian Robin for using company e-mail to write to Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.). According to the L.A. Weekly, the missive called Thomas "a morally bankrupt Republican congressman who opts for partisanship ahead of truth."

The Houston Chronicle has axed reporter Steve Olafson after learning that he ran an anonymous Web site in which he made fun of some of the politicians he covered as well as his own paper. Writing as Banjo Jones, according to the Houston Press, Olafson dubbed one pol "the state senator with the Hair Club for Men wig."

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