Over yonder there at The Huffington Post, there's a little story about a newspaper in Pennsylvania called The Warren Times Observer. They don't seem to be very observant, as it would seem that they ran an ad in their print version of the paper which implied to support the assassination of President Barry. That's right. They ran the ad. Like a classified ad. You have to call them up or, in this case, go down to their office and tell them what you want the ad to say and they print it for you...even if you want to say that you hope that President Barry ends up like other Presidents who have been assassinated. Other US Presidents that have been assassinated. Sure! Print!
Here's the ad as it appeared on Thursday:
And here's a close up of that same ad.
You can double click on those to make them bigger, by the way. But if you can't quite make out the text of the ad, allow me...It reads, "May Obama follow in the steps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy!" And they even included five stars above and below the message just to make sure that it catches people's attention. Now that's advertising!
Anyway, Mr. Elchert said that "...the newspaper turned information over to police and that the Secret Service is investigating the person who placed the ad." Well, at least someone over there was able to figure out to do that! He also ran a little note in his paper on Friday which said that "...the newspaper "apologizes for the oversight." I see. Well, what did I expect? A picture on the front page of the person who was working that day being flogged by upper management? I'm not gonna lie, that woulda been nice! But really, I guess that's about what I expected.
I know that it was only the classified department. But this is a newspaper. The folks who work for newspapers are supposed to be observant. They're supposed to have a firm grasp on current events and a fairly decent knowledge of past events that aren't so current anymore. Even things like Presidents who were assassinated 144 years ago. Especially if it is the one President to whom our newest President has been compared to a few times! (That would be Lincoln to whom I am referring. Just thought I'd mention that in case anyone is scratching their head wondering when President Barry was ever compared to James A Garfield. By the way, that would be never. He has never been compared to James A. Garfield. And I doubt he ever will be.)
Ah, the newspaper. I'm really going to miss it when it finally succumbs to the cheapness and mass distribution power of the Internet. But at least then all of the morons who are ruining news media reporting will be in one place. We're probably safer that way. Dumber, though. We'll be a lot dumber without newspapers with accurate and informed reporting. But without newspapers, we won't have to worry about one of these crazy assassination implication advertisements sneaking past some dough head who happens to be working the classified desk that day. Whew! And I thought this was going to end horribly!