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.”