Three top execs at the Washington Times have been “relieved of their duties”, according to a statement issued from the paper and reported on by the Washington Post.
Times president and publisher Thomas P. McDevitt, chief financial officer Keith Cooperrider and chairman Dong Moon Joo were ousted in a move some speculate to be based in economic necessity. Others theorize that the firings reflect a power struggle between the three sons of the paper’s owner, Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Former vice chairman Jonathan Slevin has been named acting president and publisher; the other two positions remain unfilled.
Publisher McDevitt was, the Post reports, new executive editor John Solomon’s “chief protector.” It is unclear what will happen to Solomon now.