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Gannett apologizes after reporters sign Walker recall petitions

Gannett apologizes after reporters sign Walker recall petitions

By The Associated Press. CREATED Mar 25, 2012

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- The publisher of The Post-Crescent of Appleton has written an open letter to readers apologizing for 25 Gannett Wisconsin Media journalists who signed petitions calling for the ouster of Republican Governor Scott Walker.
  
In a column published Saturday, Genia Lovett says it's little consolation that none of the employees is involved with directing or reporting political-news coverage.
  
She says the newspaper is in the process of addressing discipline, and that it revealed the signatures in the interest of being as open as possible.
  
Walker is being targeted for recall for his efforts last year that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.
  
Lovett acknowledges that journalists have a right to hold opinions. But she says they must also protect their news organization's credibility.