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Boulder Daily Camera editor fired after criticizing hedge fund owner 

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Dave Krieger, editorial page editor for the Boulder Daily Camera, was axed April 25 after he published an editorial on a blog on April 14 that had previously been rejected by the publisher. The editorial criticized the Camera's hedge fund owner, Alden Global Capital, for ongoing and extensive layoffs at its newspapers, which include more than a dozen in Colorado, including the Camera and The Denver Post. The latter recently saw some 30 newsroom positions wiped out in the ongoing assault on the product. The Post's editorial board, under the leadership of Chuck Plunkett, called out the owners in a series of editorials in early April. Their publication in the Post was, ironically, made possible by the draconian cuts to the paper, which had cut off the owner's input.

Krieger's piece said, in part, "The Camera takes pride in serving as our community's public square for discussion and debate of many local issues. To refuse to acknowledge this one would be tantamount to declaring that the Camera's loyalties lie with its corporate overlords and not the community it serves."

An effort is underway to explore potential buyers of the Post, in which the Colorado Springs Independent's owner, John Weiss, is involved.


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