‘Wash Post’ Story Says Witcover Treated Shabbily by Former ‘Sun’ Bosses

By: E&P Staff

The Sun of Baltimore did not treat columnist Jules Witcover well towards the end of his 24-year tenure at the newspaper, according to an article in today’s Washington Post.

Howard Kurtz wrote that the Sun dismissed Witcover last week “after cutting his salary by more than two-thirds and publishing him less often.” And Witcover told Kurtz that his termination notice was sent by overnight mail and included only one sentence of thanks for his time at the Sun.

Two Sun editors quoted in the Post story said the other was responsible for the columnist’s dismissal. One did add: “We probably should have handled this better than we handled it.”

Witcover said he doesn’t think his opposition to the Iraq War cost him his job, but that some of his readers believe that might have been the case. The Sun denied this, saying it has opposed the war editorially.

The 78-year-old Witcover continues to write his column for Tribune Media Services, which, like the Sun, is owned by the Tribune Co.

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