By John Maybury, Editor & Publisher
Pacifica Tribune interim editor Horace Hinshaw says he "decided to suspend the column indefinitely" (my weekly "Wandering & Wondering"), and would not discuss the matter until after the election "to avoid any controversy."
But in his October 15 "Editor's corner" in the Tribune, Hinshaw wrote: "The suspension of John Maybury's Wandering and Wondering column has sent a flurry of letters to me, requesting the reinstatement of his column. John's supporters are under the impression that he would not return as a weekly contributor to the Tribune. That was not the intent. In my discussion with Mr. Maybury I told him we would re-visit a time for him to return after the Nov. 4 election. However, with the misunderstanding -- and it's probably because of the word 'indefinitely' being used instead of saying 'after Nov. 4' in my statement last week -- I want to defuse this matter now. Mr. Maybury has the opportunity to resume writing his weekly column on Wednesday, Nov. 5." (Editor's corner)
On the October 15 and October 22 editorial pages and the Tribune website, Hinshaw ran several protest letters. Several other letters we know of were submitted to the Tribune but have not yet appeared in the newspaper or on the website. Some of these "missing" letters are archived here on Riptide in the Comments thread below this post.
Hinshaw wrote in an editor's note October 15: "There have been some internal production changes at the Tribune and it may be that the cyperspace [sic] thief got their hands on them."
As a freelance writer contributing my column to the Tribune for the past 15 years (formerly with pay, but now unpaid), I have no contract. But I protest this unfair suspension of my column during the election season. I did nothing wrong.
My personal endorsement of City Council candidate John Keener appeared in a full-page ad that Keener paid for and Hinshaw accepted and published in the Tribune's Coastal Connections supplement, and also on a Keener campaign mailer. The ad and mailer simply said "John Maybury, Pacifica Riptide and Tribune" (as is often done on campaign literature for identification purposes only), not implying that the Tribune endorses Keener. More important, I did not endorse ANYONE in my column itself.
Please click the Comments link below this post to join the conversation. I also invite you to contact Hinshaw and his superiors (see email addresses at the bottom of this post).
October 29 is my next deadline to turn in copy for the next column. Until then, I will give serious thought to the future of the column. Thank you for supporting my column and upholding the principles of fair play, free press, and free speech.
Letter to the editor, Pacifica Tribune, October 8, 2014: As a freelance newspaper columnist ("Wandering and Wondering"), I do not speak for the Pacifica Tribune when I endorse John Keener for Pacifica City Council. That is my own personal opinion. (John Maybury, Moss Beach) — Editor's Note: In an endorsement publication for John Keener, Mr. Maybury was listed as a writer for the Tribune, implying that the Tribune is endorsing Mr. Keener. Mr. Maybury is not employed by the Tribune, but rather is a freelance contributor. The Tribune does not endorse any candidate for City Council. To avoid any controversy, Mr. Maybury's column has been suspended indefinitely.
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