If you don't have anything nice to say...

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 17, 2008

The Washington Post would rather you not say anything at all. Some advertising types at the Post came up with a good idea for making the paper some money -- something I enthusiastically approve of -- sell classified ads in a special Jan. 20 Inauguration Day issue of the paper. For $5 a line with a two line minimum, you can congratulate Barack Obama in print.

And only congratulate.

The notice at the bottom tells potential customers:

All messages must be placed by 6:30pm on Friday, January 16th. All ads must be congratulatory in nature. The Washington Post reserves the right to reject any notice. Available to private individuals only.

I can understand why the Post would want to put this limitation on the ads -- worshippers of the One are going to be less likely to buy the special edition and advertisers are going to be less likely to buy big, expensive display ads if they know there's going to be some less than flattering content mixed in among the adulation.

However, I tend to doubt that the paper would extend similar courtesies if the parties were reversed.


Transcript of the Hulu 1619 Project segment on Dunmore's Proclamation.

Again, none of this is true. Dunmore issued his order from exile on a ship off of Norfolk. He fled Williamsburg 5 months earlier (with his own slaves in tow) because the revolution was already underway.

I had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy in the state of Tennessee one month ago. At no time was I refused care and at no time was anyone restricted from saving my life, even though my baby did die. This is misinformation that could prevent women from seeking help. https://twitter.com/whitehouse/status/1617254668488278017

The White House @WhiteHouse

In states where abortion is restricted, doctors live in fear of being thrown in jail for simply doing their job.

Dr. Zahedi-Spung shares her story as we call on Congress to protect reproductive freedom for the people of America.

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