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Unbelievable

You may have already heard about the personal ad that was posted this past Thursday in my local newspaper, the Warren Times Observer. News articles and blogs are posted are all over the Internet.

The personal ad reads:

“May Obama follow in the footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley & Kennedy!”

UNBELIEVABLE! I am appalled that my local newspaper (any newspaper for that matter) would publish a personal ad such as this.

On Friday, May 29th, the Warren Times Observer, published on page A-2 the following apology:

“An errant classified “personal” ad which appeared in Thursday’s Times Observer has drawn the attention of law enforcement officials.

A person from Warren placed the ad, which apparently alludes to the wish that President Obama meet an untimely end by linking him with four assassinated presidents. The ad representative didn’t make the connection among the four other presidents mentioned and mistakenly allowed the ad to run.

Upon realizing the mistake early Thursday morning, the ad was immediately discontinued and the identity of the person who placed the ad was turned over to Warren City Police as per newspaper policy. The local police department forwarded the information to federal authorities, as per department policy.

The Times Observer apologizes for the oversight.”

On the front page of today’s edition of the Warren Times Observer, the following article appears:

“A representative of the U.S. Secret Service was in Warren Friday, accompanied by a Warren City police officer to investigate the circumstances surrounding the placement of a classified ad in the Times Observer on Thursday.

An ad linking President Obama to four assassinated presidents inadvertently was printed in the paper because the employee who took the ad did not make the connection as to what tied those four presidents together. When the ad was brought to the attention of the newspaper management it was immediately pulled from the newspaper’s classified computer system so that it could not run again and local and federal law enforcement officials were notified.

Secret Service representatives, who interviewed the ad taker and the publisher, and indicated that they would also talk to the person who placed the ad, requested that the paper not publicly reveal the name of that person because it would hamper their investigation.

The Times Observer, in an effort to cooperate with those law enforcement officials, is honoring that request. It has also been the long-standing policy of this newspaper not to publish the names of people who are under investigation, but have not been either charged with a crime or named in criminal indictment.

If charges are filed in the case, and the federal authorities release the name, the Times Observer will provide that coverage.”

6 Responses to “Unbelievable”

  1. Jackie

    Couldn't believe when I saw it in the paper at the courthouse, but then again, the Observer isn't known for it's wonderful proofreading skills so why would staff be expected to know their history, lol. I saw it on FOXNews, too!

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  2. Jackie

    And yes, I caught that “it's wonderful proofreading skills” should read “its wonderful proofreading skills”!!! lol

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  3. StacerLeeLee

    Dude, that's just nine kinds of wrong. Shouldn't there be a requirement that the Grand WTO Poobah be able to “make the connection?”

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  4. Mark Kreider

    This is truly an amazing account. There still exists a strong under current of resentment running throughout our great nation. Those with closed minds and small spirits wishing ill to those who strive to make all of our lives a little bit better, even in the face of the almost unsurmountable odds of bigotry and hate.A reminder such as your post goes a long way to remind us that there are many people of hope for a better future no matter what quarter it may come from.I'm very familiar with this kind of thinking as I was raised in Indiana where the KKK still has an occasional march through the middle of town. What a throw-back to civilization!Thanks for the great post!!

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  5. Skye

    It's just crazy, isn't it? I think it's the crazy dude who lives on Mickle Hill with all the anit-Obama signs outside his house (STILL!) who did it. 🙂 Maybe this will get a visit from the President to Warren sometime after the investigation is over there…Warren is FAMOUS now. (though it is for the wrong reasons!)

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