An eight-year-old boy in Bloomington, Indiana, recently left a voicemail for the editor of a local newspaper, which had discontinued some of his favorite Sunday comic strips.
The voicemail (video below) was polite until the end when the boy added, “Idiots, jerks, shi-holes ... shi-holes.”
The message was left for Herald-Times editor Bob Zaltsberg who later wrote:
"He was still pretty mad when I talked with him this morning, but he was relieved to hear he'd still be able to read Frank & Ernest six times a week."
"His mom told me he admitted to her he hadn't been as nice as he should have been on his voice message. I told her we were planning to post the audio, minus the identifying information she'd left on the message, and she laughed and said that would be fine."
The Herald-Times' decision to cut the syndicated comics was because it was unable to get a lower rate from Universal Uclick.
"We replaced them with 13 others from Creators and King," Zaltsberg told Jim Romenesko. "We haven’t had an onslaught on callers [complaining]. I had explained in a column that this was a cost-reduction issue, and I think some readers took pity on us."
“I thought it was a very funny thing, but still an eight year old calling me a shi-hole isn’t that pleasant," added Zaltsberg.