A rare newspaper that doesn’t “do” hypocrisy

If you were the editor of a newspaper that advertised guns on any given day, would you withdraw those advertisements in the wake of an event like the Sandy Hook School massacre?

You would?

If you were the editor of a newspaper that advertised cars on any given day, would you withdraw those advertisements in the wake of an event like a 50 car pile-up with 35 fatalities?

You wouldn’t?

Well, there’s the rub.  Isn’t it?

And even when the School massacre was some week in the past, would you then place any gun advertisements on the same page as a Sandy Hook school news story?

The Advocate in Connecticut (recall where the Sandy Hook School is located?) seems to have a very clear view on this.

 

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It is understandable that there is a huge emotional reaction to events where lots of people lose their lives.

But just like knifing won’t stop advertisements for cutlery, and a hammer attack doesn’t cause the withdrawal of hardware store adverts, an event in which guns were used shouldn’t cause the withdrawal of gun adverts either.

Nice to see such a clear advertising policy so close to where the emotions are running highest.


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