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You know you are in trouble when you lose "hometown hero" status . . . and you're the President of the United States.
He's doubly in trouble because it sounds to me that the editor for the Iconoclast (which is a mighty cool name for a paper) is a hardened GOP man and like many such men, he is disillusioned by the ineptitude and ideology and secrecy of this administration.
But there comes a time where your hometown is no longer famous for your association with it . . . and starts becoming infamous. This was an incredibly brave thing for these newspaper editors to do, and it will no doubt (in fact, it has already) cost them sales and readers. But I have to cheer for those journalists that do the right thing, even when it is unpopular and even when it's not what the people reading your paper want to hear. It is those guys that will eventually counterbalance the Fox Newses out there that pander to what people want to believe, not the truth.
So my ballsy journalist award for the week goes to W. Leon Smith, who had the guts to tell Crawford Texas what he really thought about the prodigal son. It's people like him who keep us from becoming an Orwellian Onestate.