We published a two-page anti-war ad yesterday, as did papers nationwide (including the Star Tribune), paid for by a group called Win Without War. On the left-hand page (Page 6A), it says, "They lied," above photos of President Bush and other administration officials, with a few quotes and a lot of white space. On the right are the names of the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq as of Sept. 12.
We've had several calls from readers complaining about it, and a few subscribers have cancelled the paper.
Some questions for you:
Should the P-B have accepted the ad?
Was it clear enough that it was an ad? (It's marked as a paid ad at the top of both pages but a few readers have asked who placed it. That info is also clearly at the bottom of Page 7A.)
Is the ad tasteless ("horrifying," in the words of a caller I just spoke with) for using the names of soldiers who died in service to the country?
Is it censorship for papers to refuse advertising to political groups such as Win Without War?