Paper Runs 'Unfortunate' Obama-Assassination Ad

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2009 4:47 PM CDT

(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.

Real estate advertisements.   (AP Photo)
Real estate advertisements are shown in a paper.   (AP Photo)
President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo)
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It is unfortunate that it got past our classified people. My first call was to the police chief and I believe his protocol is to contact the Secret Service.
- John Elchert, publisher, Times-Observer

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