A Pennsylvania newspaper apologized for a letter to the editor calling for the execution of the President Barack Obama that made it to the opinion page.
The Daily Item’s editorial board wrote it “no bells went off” when the staff reviewed the article that castigated Obama for the fall of Ramadi – the capital of Iraq’s largest province by land area – into the hands of Islamic State terrorists.
“The procedure at The Daily Item is for the person editing letters to review the content for offensive language and ad hominem attacks,” the paper stated. “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.”
The original letter was written by W. Richard Stover of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania who criticized the president’s flawed strategy to fight ISIS which purportedly led to their victory in Ramadi, calling for the U.S. government’s ouster.
“To the families of those fallen heros [sic] whose blood lies on the sands of Iraq. don’t you think it might be time to rise up against an administration who has adequately demonstrated their gross incompetence?” Stover’s letter read. “I think the appropriate, and politically correct, term is regime change. Forgive me for being blunt, but throughout history this has previously been accompanied by execution by guillotine, firing squad, public hanging.”
“When society dictates,” Stover added, “the end always justifies the means, otherwise the actionwould [sic] not be taken.”
The newspaper, which was founded in 1872 as The Sunbury Daily, wrote that it realized its mistake after “readers and critics have reacted in force.” However, oddly enough, it didn’t condemn the letter as a whole – only the fact that the paragraphs containing the seditious content were not removed.
"The final two metaphorical paragraphs of the Ramadi letter were inescapably an incitement to have the chief executive of our government executed. They should have been deleted."