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Bush's Hometown Paper Endorses Kerry
The Lone Star Iconoclast, a weekly based in Crawford, Texas, has endorsed John Kerry for president in a scathing editorial, concluding, "The Iconoclast urges Texans not to rate the candidate by his hometown or even his political party, but instead by where he intends to take the country."

It's garnered lots of attention for the paper, but as San Antonio Express columnist Robert Rivard points out,,
Advertisers are disappearing like flushed quail, and the owner of the Crawford Coffee Station, where the president likes to order the cheeseburger, won't allow Smith to fill his newspaper rack. ...

The Iconoclast could very well be the first and only newspaper in U.S. history to fold in the wake of protests over its presidential endorsement. Given the weekly's short life — it was founded in 2000 — the Iconoclast might be the state's first one-term newspaper. Come to think of it, the start-up might be the only newspaper ever to spurn a hometown candidate in favor of the challenger.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 6th, 2004 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
One has to admire the publishers of the Iconoclast for such a courageous action in the face of what they knew would be dire consequences. Why is it not surprising to learn that the Crawford Coffee Station refuses to permit the Iconoclast in its racks? Do we see the mailed fist of Tom DeLay behind the threats to Iconoclast advertisers? Actually, I find it heartening that the Iconoclast survived four years in Bushland and that new subscribers and advertisers have signed up since the inflammatory endorsement appeared, though probably not in sufficient numbers to compensate for lost accounts. At least some out there have more than sagebrush between the ears.

EF
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