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'Stars and Stripes' Editors Ask Publisher to Resign over Financial Disclosure Dispute

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Stars and Stripes' Editors Ask Publisher to Resign over Financial Disclosure Dispute

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A group of editors at Stars and Stripes have asked their acting publisher to resign, protesting his refusal to release information about the paper's links to a military publicity program.

And the paper is apparently not shy about reporting the internal turmoil, publishing a story on the protest on Wednesday. It ran on the home page of the Web site and on Page 8 in print.

"Midlevel editors at Stars and Stripes have called on the newspaper's acting publisher to resign, saying he has refused to release information on the extent of the paper's relationship with America Supports You," the story began. "Tom Skeen, assistant managing editor, Pacific; Sam Amrhein, Europe bureau chief; Joe Giordono, Mideast bureau chief; Marni McEntee, assistant Europe bureau chief; Tim Flack, Korea bureau chief; and Chris Carlson, Japan bureau chief signed the e-mail, sent Tuesday."

The dispute stems from the paper's financing of America Supports You, described as a "Defense Department program that gives publicity to nonprofit groups that support U.S. troops." Stars and Stripes reports that the Defense Department Inspector General's Office is investigating the newspaper's financial support for the program.

"A source at Stripes explained that the paper served as a conduit for money that went toward America Supports You, but Stripes did not spend any of its own money," the paper reported. "Stripes has learned that the paper has issued a $499,000 purchase agreement for the public relations firm Susan Davis International to promote America Supports You; and it awarded a $311,650 contract for Semel Media to develop and design Web sites for America Supports You and the Defense Department's Web site. …

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