Harvard Crimson Runs Holocaust-Denier Ad

Ad run in error due to 'miscommunication," says newspaper prez
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 9, 2009 3:47 AM CDT
The Harvard Crimson has run an ad from a Holocaust-denier organization, whose ad it rejected 15 years ago.   (©Ben Sam)
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(Newser) – First, Yale censors Muhammad cartoons in a new book, then the Harvard Crimson runs an ad from a Holocaust denier, notes Gawker. "Can you provide, with proof, the name of one person killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz?" asks the ad from the "Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust." A letter from the Crimson president explained the following day that the ad was run in error due to "miscommunication" and that the remaining ad run has been cancelled.

He called it a "logistical failure and not a philosophical" one. "We do not endorse the views put forth in any advertisement," he noted. An ad from the same organization was rejected by the student newspaper 15 years ago. "We didn't want to sell our space to print a hateful message," said a Crimson editorial at that time.