Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rutherford Reader Publisher Accused of Harassment

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Pete Doughtie, publisher of the xenophobic Rutherford Reader, is at it again.

According to the Murfreesboro Post, Doughtie printed the name, address and home phone number of reader Sara Mitchell, who had complained to the Reader's advertisers over the paper's less-than-pleasant content, including "columns from and other sources that are critical of Islam."

Mitchell said she has seen similar material in The Reader over the years. So, on July 16, she called its biggest advertisers and told them she will not support their businesses as long as they support The Reader with advertising dollars.

She said she received a phone call from Doughtie at 7:30 p.m. July 16.

“He threatened a lawsuit because he says you can't just go around calling anything hate speech,” she said, adding Doughtie then asked her where she works and said "I know where you live."

The next night someone egged her husband’s car. Since then, she has received threatening phone calls from various people.

One came at 12:50 in the morning, July 19. A woman, who called herself “Marjorie Smith,” asked Mitchell why she was threatening Smith’s friend.

Another call at 10:30 the same night was from a man, calling himself “Mohammed,” who said “thank you for your support. Thank you for sucking my big, fat c***.”


If the situation sounds familiar, that's because it mirrors the plight of Smryna resident Anthony Mijares, who launched a successful campaign to steer advertisers away from The Reader over its anti-Muslim contentand found himself drawing Doughtie's ire, as chronicled in a Sept. 29, 2011, Scene cover story.

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