Remember: this is from one of the most liberal mainstream newspapers in the US: (from Today’s SF Chronicle): Technology Section:
“The San Francisco Chronicle has reached a settlement with Henry Norr, a onetime technology reporter and columnist for the paper, over the paper’s dismissal of Norr in April of last year.
Norr’s termination occurred as a result of events arising out of his role in anti-war protests against the current war in Iraq.
Commenting on the settlement, Norr said, “Because I didn’t violate the ethics policy The Chronicle had in place at the time, it is clear I was fired because of my political views — my opposition to the war in Iraq and Israel’s occupation of Palestine. That is unfair, and it is a clear violation of California and San Francisco law, not to mention basic democratic principles. I think I’m entitled to my job back, and my politics wouldn’t prevent me from covering technology effectively in the future, any more than they did in the past. But since The Chronicle has said it may never give me a byline again, I’ve decided to accept financial compensation and my pension and move on to other things.”
The Chronicle’s managing editor, Robert J. Rosenthal, denied that the paper had violated any laws or otherwise acted wrongly in the termination of Norr.
“The issue here was never about personal political beliefs, but rather about The Chronicle’s commitment to its readers to serve as a trustworthy and objective news source. To that end, the paper requires its journalists to abide by an ethical code that includes the avoidance of the appearance of a conflict in the ability to report events without bias. Any journalist who assumes a prominent public role in any political issue inevitably creates the appearance of that conflict. When a reporter brings about that ethical conflict, as occurred here, the unfortunate but necessary result is a separation. We wish Henry well in his future endeavors,” Rosenthal said. ”