Paper Criticized For Running Ad

Jan. 10, 2020

Editor, The News-Gazette:

Pecunia non olet?

On page 7 of the January 8 issue of The News-Gazette, alongside Letters to the Editor, you have printed a - paid, I assume - advertisement from the Oath Keepers.

I do realize that subscriptions and sales of individual issues, alone, are not sufficient to keep our local paper alive; you also need advertisements as a source of revenue. And that’s fine, as well as being useful information to your readers.

But, Oath Keepers? Seriously? A group of vigilantes, described by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center as being racist, radical, heavily-armed, antigovernment extremists obsessed with conspiracy theories? And decried by law enforcement as being unnecessary and inflammatory, in several situations where they inserted themselves, unasked?

That’s who you give room to, in your paper? Had KuKluxKlan paid you to print a recruitment advertisement for them, would you have done it, using Emperor Vespasian’s argument that “money doesn’t stink”?

Certainly, they have a right to say whatever they want, however vile, but you have no obligation to aid them in that. As your paper’s loyal reader of many years, I’m both surprised and disappointed that you chose to.