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Hypocrisy alert! 

The following are excerpts from a rather humorously titled press release -- "Hypocrisy Alert! AJC Censors Opinion Piece, Hides Truth. Part of Trend which led Newspaper to Lose More Subscribers that any Major Newspaper in the Country, Save One" -- sent out last month by the office of Gov. Sonny Perdue. Perdue's office took issue with the fact that while the paper criticized the governor for offering corporate incentives to Georgia businesses, the paper wouldn't print a portion of the governor's rebuttal stating that Cox Enterprises, owner of the AJC, received significant government incentives to build its new headquarters in Fulton County.

This is a form of censorship and it points out a major problem at the AJC. They are a liberal, blue state paper in the middle of an increasingly conservative red state. What's worse, they see themselves as the arbiters of truth, and in our judgment, eagerly omit facts and opinions which do not fit their world view.

Georgians have taken notice. The Newspaper Association of America recently reported that the AJC lost a larger percentage of its subscribers than any major daily newspaper, save one: the San Francisco Chronicle. The AJC lost more subscribers than the scandal-plagued New York Times. In a six-month period ending in September, 8.73 percent of AJC subscribers dropped subscriptions.

The following is the [governor's rebuttal] with the censored portion in italics.

"Unbelievably, the Atlanta Journal Constitution is opining against jobs for Georgians. The AJC editorializes today that the state of Georgia should not spend taxpayer dollars to encourage businesses to grow in Georgia. When Cox Enterprises, parent company of the AJC, returns the $6.7 million in Fulton County property tax incentives it received to locate its headquarters in the county, then it will have the credibility to make such judgments.'"

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