On Wednesday, The Berea Citizen fired its editor, Tinsley Carter, and it’s sparked outrage on Facebook and throughout the small Central Kentucky community.
According to many posts and comments on Facebook (which seem to have been removed before we could get screenshots), Tinsley – an outspoken champion of equality and gay rights – was in the midst of reporting on the pending Fairness Ordinance in Berea. Allegedly, Tinsley was let go for being “too liberal.”
Teresa Scenters, publisher of the paper, responded to our request for comment: “Ms. Carter’s dismissal did not relate in any way to her being as you stated, “too liberal.” It was an interoffice matter plain and simple. Beth Meyers, the reporter who has been covering and will continue to cover the fairness issue here is a self described liberal so to answer your question, no Ms. Carter was not deemed too liberal.”
But folks surrounding the issue continue to tell us the matter was homophobic in nature. Here’s hoping that’s truly not the case. Guess only time will tell.