Jackson Free Press Responds to Gannett Letter

september 21, 2006  06:30 am
In a full-page house ad published Sunday in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Publisher John Newhouse defended the paper's The Distribution Network (TDN). Newhouse revealed that the daily had been contacted by the state attorney general's office concerning the network; "While we are 100 percent confident that TDN was started with utmost professionalism, and can withstand any test, we are disappointed that a legitimate business venture has had to endure such unnecessary scrutiny," Newhouse wrote. He also detailed vandalism that occurred against the Clarion-Ledger employee who represents TDN. Publisher Todd Stauffer of the Jackson Free Press and other members of the Mississippi Independent Publishers’ Alliance (MIPA) today issued an open letter to Newhouse, refuting his version of events and expressing offense at the suggestion they endorse vandalism. "To imply such a thing is irresponsible and inappropriate, Mr. Newhouse, and we expect an apology," they write.