The Pacifica Tribune has rescinded its ban on candidate endorsement letters, and apologizes to readers in its October 3 edition. The newspaper bowed to community pressure to keep this popular feature of the editorial page during election campaign season. It also admits that it found other newspapers in the Bay Area News Group did in fact allow endorsement letters, contrary to its earlier claim that such letters were not allowed in any of the chain's papers. Join the conversation on this issue by clicking the Comment link below this story.
BJ Nathanson's protest started this whole kerfuffle:
Please immediately read the September 26 Pacifica Tribune editorial page: publisher and editor Elaine Larsen's column on no more free letters-to-the-editor candidate endorsements (you have to buy an ad, although you'll be happy to know you don't have to be part of a PAC, and it's "reasonably priced"), and my letter to the editor (which was supposed to have a question mark after the subhead "Freedom of the Press"). Flood them with objections. It may already be too late to remedy this in time for the current election, but this policy cannot stand, and they can't change policies without warning and so late in the game. Hurry; they've moved up their deadlines, submit BEFORE Friday. This new policy is WRONG, no matter which candidate you like.
Tribune Policy That Riled the Townfolks