Tom Garrity

Stuck on a Sticker

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

One of the great things about our country is found in the peaceful transfer of power resulting from a free election.

One of the worst things about our country is seen in the political advertising that takes place leading up to the said election.

Case and point, today’s Albuquerque Journal featured a new front page “sticky” asking voters to elect the sitting Sheriff for another term.  It was placed right next to the lead headline, a story about one of his Deputies who was killed yesterday.

Really?

It is possible that the Sheriff’s campaign was given the option to pull his sticker.  If that is the case then his campaign deserves what it gets.

The lines between news and advertising are already blurred in some unfortunate ways, would it have been too much to pull the sticky ads for a day?

What responsibility, if any, does the newspaper have in showing some simple sensitivity when a public servant is killed in the line of duty by making an decision to pull a 25 cent political sticker from its front page?

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