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2 Philly Inquirer Owners Sue Company, Publisher (Philadelphia Inquirer / AP)
Two owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer sued their company and publisher Thursday over this week’s firing of Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Bill Marimow, in just the latest sign of internal warfare at the storied newspaper. Former New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz and cable TV mogul H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest accuse publisher Robert “Bob” Hall of overstepping his authority, and demand his ouster and Marimow’s return. Reuters According to the filing, Katz and Lenfest said that “Hall lacked the authority to fire the editor of the newspaper, a major business decision that should not have been — and could not be — taken without the unanimous approval of the management committee.” Bloomberg Businessweek Marimow said he’s willing and able to return to his position immediately, according to the complaint, which seeks a court order declaring the firing null and void. Philadelphia The fight over Marimow’s job is not a fight for the future of the Philadelphia Inquirer. It’s a fight over how much dignity the Inquirer will be allowed to retain as it slowly dies. And it is shocking how many people inside the Inquirer — from the ownership to the newsroom — don’t seem to understand that.