I’d like to follow up on an excellent letter written by one of your readers regarding a lack of oversight in some of the free publications that are distributed to stores or our homes.
I recently saw one such problem and was shocked that a freebie Jewish newspaper/circular could let such a thing through.
Here is an excerpt:
“But there’s one thing of which we can be absolutely sure: Anthony Weiner is 100% male. The same cannot be said for degenerate #2 in the picture. Ms. Anthony…. I mean Christine…Quinn. Ms. Quinn is a woman. Probably….”
Wow. Really funny. Not.
You read the above quote correctly. It’s not a typo. That paragraph, and more such embarrassing stuff, appeared in a letter to the editor in a so-called Jewish freebie newspaper.
I am not here to cause machklokes or anything of the sort. I am here, however, to publicly protest such despicable conduct by a Jewish publication. Who are their editors? Do they even have any? Did their publisher honestly believe that such a statement should be printed? What kind of journalistic integrity does the publisher have? Which rabbinic figure did he (or she?) consult who gave their consent to print such a thing?
I don’t agree with Ms. Quinn or Mr. Wiener on many things. But this isn’t about politics. This is about decency. This is about being respectful and dignified.
More disturbing is that I wonder if I am the only one who saw this and became outraged. I admit that I usually don’t see that publication. I happened to be waiting on line in a store and picked up this publication and began leafing through it when I came upon the above piece of journalistic excellence that belongs in a….well, it belongs nowhere actually.
I just wonder, like the previous letter writer did, when the advertisers in such a publication will begin to care. In the same issue, I saw an ad about a yeshiva‘s yahrtzeit azkarah. Does the yeshiva know that a few pages after their ad there is such disgusting language?
Does anyone care?
Does anyone care that this same publication had an ad with a picture of Elvis Presley? Or is he now also a role model?
I am sick and tired that no one else, including the yeshivos and organizations that spend advertising dollars, seem to be sick and tired of the total lack of responsibility of those who throw their publications at our doors.
Sick and Tired