Liberal MO Publisher's Newspaper Dies Quick Death
FREDERICKTOWN, MO - A former small-town publisher in southeast Missouri calls the anti-war message that led to her newspaper's demise a satirical work of social provocation.
Her critics in Fredericktown say the decision to include personal commentary in a local Marine's boot-camp graduation announcement was a slap in the face, the last straw from a liberal carpetbagger who insulted a community grounded in faith, patriotism and civic pride.
When backlash came, she threatened advertisers who questioned her editorial comments, and joked about letters to the editor without fully explaining the writings.
Frances Madeson grew up near St. Louis but spent three decades in Washington and New York as a congressional aide, Wall Street paralegal, playwright and novelist. She moved to rural Missouri in 2010 and revived the dormant Madison County Crier in June.
Madeson says she was forced to shut down the paper after six issues when advertisers fled and news sources refused to cooperate after her published criticism.