BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE (9/16): The Bakersfield Californian has published an article attempting to clarify why The Californian and Danny Morrison cut ties.
In the article, The Californian says they parted ways with Morrison because "despite attempts at counseling him regarding the inclusion in his columns of people who are not real, he continued to introduce these composite or hypothetical figures without clearly identifying them as such."
They went on to list columns that Morrison submitted, which can be viewed here. Morrison will host a "special rebuttal episode" in response to the Californian's article on "The Danny Morrison Media Show" on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The Bakersfield Californian sent 23 ABC a statement in regards to Morrison's departure:
Danny Morrison's departure from The Californian has nothing to do with his Aug. 22 column, "My president is a racist and it hurts," nothing to do with the criticism he or The Californian received as a result of its publication, and nothing to do with the reaction of Kern High School District Trustee Mike Williams. Nothing. Danny is aware of this.
The Californian has journalistic standards for both its staffers and independent contractors. Despite previous counseling, he failed to meet some of those standards. We appreciate Danny's sense of mission in this community and wish him the best.
— Jim Lawitz, vice president and executive editor
In his Facebook post, Morrison added, "it's been a WONDERFUL last few years living out the dream of writing for my hometown newspaper. Being able to craft articles that tell the stories of those that are under-appreciated and underserved has been a dream come true."
23 ABC reached out to Morrison for comment, but we have not heard back.