A celebrated columnist from the Hartford Courant, George Gombossy was terminated after writing about consumer protection topics involving major advertisers of the Hartford Courant. Gombossy's column became successful and was well liked by the public and Harford Courant's readers. Unfortunately, Gombossy stepped on the toes of some major advertizers ($500,000) in his columns. Subsequently, Gombossy was told by a newspaper executive that the Hartford Courant could not afford to have major advertisers angry because of Gombossy’s column. He was then terminated. Gombossy filed a freedom of speech lawsuit in October 2009.
For more info see this link: http://ctwatchdog.com/2009/09/29/watchdog-tribune-accuses-courant-of-violating-its-written-news-mission
And you wonder why the Hartford Courant is struggling for readership?