Kudos to the Lewiston Sun Journal for reaching out to GOP Majority Leader Phil Curtis after we published the news that his column was banned from the pages of MaineToday Media. Curtis’ column is critical of MTM owner Donald Sussman and his wife, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and the inevitable editorial slant the newspaper chain would take. So, of course, MTM wouldn’t publish the piece.
The Sun Journal didn’t have the same editorial problem, and published the column this weekend.
Sussman’s papers just snatched the Sun Journal’s lead political reporter, Steve Mistler, so perhaps the feeling of collegiality between the papers is fading.
MTM’s competitor papers have so far avoided criticizing the obvious ethical problems with Sussman and Pingree’s ownership of the papers, but the SJ’s move on the Curtis column may signal an end to the honeymoon.