Fla. Reporter Who Slimed Chick-fil-A Fans as Paranoid Haters Resigns From His Newspaper

JimRomenesko.com has updated the story of the Fort Myers, Florida reporter who dissed the Chick-fil-A crowd on Appreciation Day on his Facebook page -- writing that “the level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people was astoundingly sad” -- has resigned.

Fort Myers News-Press reporter Mark Krzos pulled that post and left Facebook. His editor, Terry Eberle, told News-Press and Romenesko readers the post was “completely inappropriate” and that “we will take strong and appropriate action.” Krzos resigned after a meeting with Eberle. But Krzos has a leftist poet on his side, protesting the "corporate kidnapping of free speech":

the News-Press in on the breach

taking away their reporter’s rights

and the public is letting it go down without a fight,

Posting on Facebook is freedom of the press,

and Gannett has their employees under duress,

but it’s OK they’ll be a new story next week

about how real estate scams get by without a squeak

and paradise is getting the leprosy

they know history repeats its amnesia quite memorably.

Truth-tellers become scapegoats

and liars become politicians

and a lying press is a magnet for advertising success

so open your minds to their omissions.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis