BREAKING! Where’s George? Oh My — at the Missoulian, Every Monday!

By JC

STOP THE PRESSES! There’s been a coup in Zoo-Town!

Time to squeeze another opinion writer in on the Missoulian’s Editorial Page. The Lowdown’s superreporter John Adams has the, uh, lowdown:

“Where’s Ochenski?

Loyal readers of longtime Missoula Independent opinion columnist George Ochenski won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

It didn’t take long for the Indy’s chief rival in Missoula, Lee Newspaper’s Missoulian, to offer Ochenski a weekly space on their opinion pages.

According to an email I just received from Ochenski, Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin has offered to print his column each Monday. At about 750 words, Ochenski’s new space will be slightly smaller than the 1,000 words he regularly submitted to the Indy. But as Mark Twain was keenly aware when he said “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead,” longer does not necessarily mean better.”

Much more at The Lowdown, and thanks for unravelling the mystery for us, John!

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  1. JC

    It appears that Missoulian editor Sherry Devlin was willing to offer Ochenski what Indy editor Robert Meyerowitz would not.

    An opinion is an opinion of the writer. When it is subjected to Meyerowitz’s editing process:

    “Wading into his columns, changing headlines”? What do you think an editor does?

    Wading in? Changing headlines? We edit all the copy we publish, through several layers, and write headlines. We also maintain journalistic standards, for such things as fairness and accuracy, that apply to everything we publish; George Ochenski was no exception. I guess he didn’t like that.”

    It no longer is the opinion of the author. It becomes just another appendage of the publishing paper’s ideology, agenda and/or political leanings. And after reading George for 12 years in the Indy it is readily obvious that he kow-tows to no one.

    Here’s to hoping that George is able to keep his “independence” as Missoula’s premier, free-thinking, alternative editorialist during his upcoming run at the Missoulian!

  2. Nice. Very nice.

  3. Big Johansson

    Couldn’t be happier for you guys.

    Of course I still remember that Rodger Clauson left the editorial pages of the Billings Gazette to grace Crisp’s liberal beacon.

    Where he’s now no body knows or frankly cares.

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