On why the Union Leader ads cross a line
mbimotmog says: Not really sure how this “crosses a line”…did the Union Leader create new ad space just for the purpose of allowing Obama to advertise or did the Obama campaign simply buy the biggest placement that the UL offered?
» SFB says: To explain, the problem we see with the Obama ads is that they’re so large that they overwhelm the rest of the content, which means that it’s having an adverse effect on the journalism. It feels like the financial gain overtook the ethics in this case. It’s not as bad as the DM Register, but it’s clearly intended on counteracting the news. When an ad is that large, the lines between advertising and editorial start to blur — which is less of a problem when the ads aren’t political. But in this case, the ads are very much intended to counteract the news of the day. Obama should be free to spend wherever he wants. But the newspaper should know when to say no to an ad request. — Ernie @ SFB