Paper Runs 'Unfortunate' Obama-Assassination Ad
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2009 4:47 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Federal authorities are on the case after a Pennsylvania paper ran a classified ad that appears to call for the assassination of President Obama, Editor & Publisher reports. “May Obama follow in the footsteps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley & Kennedy!” the ad read. Those presidents were assassinated in office. The publisher called police after being informed of the ad by irate readers.

“The ad representative didn't make the connection among the four other presidents mentioned and mistakenly allowed the ad to run,” said the Warren Times-Observer in an editor’s note today. “It is unfortunate that it got past our classified people,” the publisher said, adding that the employee responsible will not be punished.

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May 30, 2009 12:53 PM CDT
"... one of my coworkers added that" - LOL, Scootersrockin lies like Scooter Libby - that is to say, poorly
May 30, 2009 12:06 PM CDT
I cut out an ad where someone was trying to sell a mint Corvette with all these features but he left off his phone #, name, price.. Called the paper.. they told me that people buy classified ads online and no human checked it. That would cost extra I am sure. And you expect the lowly classified desk to know about history. Let's just say they are paid for volume.
May 30, 2009 5:19 AM CDT
OK, scoots-- I'll try to explain it to you ... I like most everyone who has commented thinks you got carried away and then tried to excuse the worst of your childish rant with a lame excuse (like the ones that I assume you used frequently as a youngster when you got caught with your hand in the cookie jar, etc.) Did you follow that? OK, back to "work" now.