Freedom of Press -- Texas Style?
When the Lone Star Iconoclast -- the newspaper in George Bush's hometown of Crawford, Texas -- surprisingly endorsed John Kerry for president, the publication had 920 subscribers.
It now has less than 500.
According to Publisher Leon Smith, you can't buy the newspaper at a stand in Crawford -- the result of a shopkeeper boycott. Advertisers have pulled out. Angry callers have made their feeling known non-stop. Iconoclast reporters have been turned away from events other media is allowed to cover.
The Iconoclast endorsed Bush in 2000. But it also has endorsed Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter over the years. Those endorsements were met with letters to the editor, but no widespread boycott.
Smith has said that the newspaper will stay in business, for now, although it is likely to rely more heavily on the benevolence of liberals and civil liberties advocates from outside the Crawford area.