A Pennsylvania newspaper says it’s “sorry” for allowing a reader to call for President Obama’s execution.
The outraged reader took his anger to an extraordinarily hateful extreme, and the newspaper — the Sunbury (Pa.) Daily Item — in effect sanctioned the reader’s anger by publishing it on its opinion page.
Yes, the paper apologized later after received a storm of outrage from readers.
However, it’s instructive to note the anger that boils in the hearts of some Americans over the actions of the current president of the United States.
The letter, written by W. Richard Stover of Lewisburg, Pa., blames the president for failing to defeat the Islamic State and said that in the wake of the capture by ISIL of Ramadi, it was time for “regime change” in this country. Stover’s message of hate said the only way to do was to execute the head of government by “guillotine.”
Is this what we’re coming to in some corners of the country?
The Daily Item’s apology included this statement: “The procedure at The Daily Item is for the person editing letters to review the content for offensive language and ad hominem attacks. Publication is, however, a signal that the opinion is not one we would readily suppress, which can accurately be interpreted as an endorsement of acceptability — much to our chagrin in this instance.”
Shame is more like it.