Batting three for three, The Arizona Republic appears to be protecting another top Gannett executive from embarrassing online reader comments. The paper published its story about newly appointed newspaper division President Robert Dickey (left) -- without allowing comments at the story's end.
Dickey, 50, the Republic' s chairman, replaces retiring Sue Clark-Johnson, 61 -- another former Republic executive.
The Phoenix paper -- Gannett's second-biggest, after USA Today -- allows commenting selectively. At the moment, for example, readers can leave comments on a Dunkin' Donuts story, or on another, about Honeywell laying off hundreds of Phoenix workers. On that story, one reader comment calls Honeywell executives "liars."
But when it comes to influential Gannett executives, editors apparently fear similar, nasty remarks. The no-comments-allowed decision happened twice before: In the Republic's Second Coming of Sue story, and when Editor Ward Bushee quit.
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