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The Ad that the D Won’t Let You See
Last Monday Dartblog ran a small advertisement in The Dartmouth. It appears to the right. Pretty plain vanilla stuff, right? No need to call the lawyers. And certainly nothing compared to an ad that recently ran in the Harvard Crimson.
Our ad elicited a modest response, so we asked the D to run it again this coming Monday… but no dice! Here is the answer to our request from the D’s efficient and cordial advertising manager:
From: Advertising Director
Sender-time: Sent at 10:45 PM (GMT-04:00)
To: Joseph Asch
Date: Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 10:45 PM
Subject: Re: OK
Hi Joe —
After speaking with the Publisher about the Dartblog ad, he made the decision to not continue running it in The Dartmouth. It’s our editorial policy that the Publisher, JR Santo, reserves the authority to approve all advertising, and I hadn’t previously spoken with him about the Dartblog ad that was placed on Monday. However, given that the nature of the ad directly conflicts with the editorial content of The Dartmouth, we have decided to not continue running the Dartblog ads in the newspaper.
If you would like to speak with him further about this, please feel free to contact him — JR’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whoa. Wait a minute. What does “directly conflicts with the editorial content of The Dartmouth” mean? I am aware that things are tough in the newspaper business right now, but I don’t think that Dartblog represents even de minimis economic competition to the venerable D. Do you? Of course, the term “conflict” is somewhat vague. Might it mean “disagree”? Well, we can’t have that now, can we?
So why did this happen? My guess: Somewhere somehow somebody is feeling kicked around some. And that person doesn’t want any more people than necessary reading Dartblog. We’ll take this petty censorship as a backhand compliment.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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