Newton Daily News fires editor who blasted the ‘Gaystapo’ for trying to ‘reword the Bible’

Shaw Media’s Newton Daily News has dismissed editor Bob Eschliman for a post on his personal blog blasting “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” for trying “to reword the Bible to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.'”

The Iowa newspaper suspended Eschliman last Wednesday and fired him on Monday. “This was a very difficult situation,” says publisher Dan Goetz.

Shaw Media president John Rung writes in today’s Daily News:

Last week, Mr. Eschliman expressed an opinion on his personal blog that in no way reflects the opinion of the Newton Daily News or Shaw Media. While Mr. Eschliman is entitled to his opinion, his public airing of it compromised the reputation of this newspaper and his ability to lead it.

Mr. Eschliman has a right to voice his opinion. And we have a right to select an editor who we believe best represents our company and best serves the interests of our readers.

Today’s paper also has letters about Eschliman – the first ones published since the controversy erupted a week ago.

* Newton Daily News begins search for new editor (
* Earning public trust our priority, says Shaw Media boss (
* Letter #1 | Letter #2 | Letter #3
* Earlier: Iowa editor’s blog post blasts “the Gaystapo and LGBTQXYZ crowd (