The Daily Item, a Pennsylvania newspaper, had to retract and apologize for a letter to the editor it published that called for the execution of President Barack Obama.
The letter focused on the city of Ramadi, Iraq which fell under control of Islamic State group last week. Some politicians and political pundits have criticized the president and his administration for not assisting Iraqi forces in the region.
W. Richard Stover wrote the controversial remarks at the end of his letter:
“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?
"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.
“I have absolutely no reason to expect that current practice should be any different. The end result is elimination of the problem, the method is superfluous. When society dictates, the end always justifies the means, otherwise the action would not be taken.”
On May 28, the editorial section of the paper printed an apology, saying there was “no excuse” to print the controversial comments.
“The Daily Item apologizes for our failure to catch and remove the inappropriate paragraphs in the letter directed at President Obama. We will strive to do better in the future,” the editorial stated.
The letter also referred to President Obama as “Barack” and called him a “coward-in-chief,” Philly.com reported.
After the letter had received more than 100 responses in two days, the editorial board knew action would have to be taken.
“Our readers and critics have reacted in force, as they should have. We accept their judgment and embrace the calls for heightened awareness and a higher standard for civil discourse,” the editorial continued.
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