Florida editor responds 'honestly' to press release about Ten Commandments

MediaWire memo

Joe Conn, communications director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sent the Dixie County Advocate in Florida a news release objecting to a Ten Commandments display in front of the local courthouse. The editor of the Advocate, a small weekly, responded:

From: Katherine McKinney
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 9:45 AM
To: Joe Conn
Subject: Re: Dixie County Commandments Display



Honestly, speaking for the people of Dixie County, we don't give a damn what you think.



Kathy McKinney
Editor, Dixie County Advocate

Perhaps Conn should have expected the response. In July, the Advocate posted this to its Facebook wall: "ALERT!! STUPID federal judge says Dixie has 30 days to remove the Ten Commandments from the Courthouse.... Post your reactions here for the paper."

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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