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Wed Jan 16, 2019, 06:52 PM

Newspaper Apologizes After It Removed Trump Dig From 87-Year-Old Woman's Obituary

The editor of a Kentucky newspaper has apologized to a local family after his publication refused to print an 87-year-woman’s obituary unless a criticism at President Donald Trump was removed.

Frances Irene Finley Williams’ family originally submitted her obituary to Louisville’s Courier-Journal in the days following her death. It described Williams, who died Nov. 21, 2018, as a “very, very spirited woman” and “a passionate Democrat” who loved animals and Elvis Presley and “did not suffer fools gladly.”

Then, a contentious line: “Her passing was hastened by her continued frustration with the Trump administration.”

Days before the obituary was set to run in the print edition of The Courier-Journal, Williams’ son, Art Williams, and daughter, Carol Duff, were told it had been rejected, despite the fact that the family had paid $1,684 for it to appear.

“We are not able to publish the obituary as is, due to the negative content within the obituary text,” the obituary office at the Courier-Journal’s parent company, Gannett, reportedly told the family in an email.

Though Duff and her brothers told The Washington Post they “didn’t understand” Gannett’s reasoning, they opted to omit the Trump line from their mother’s obituary, so it could be published ahead of a Dec. 28 memorial service.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/frances-irene-finley-williams-obituary-trump_us_5c3f6885e4b041e98ff9f268


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Reply Newspaper Apologizes After It Removed Trump Dig From 87-Year-Old Woman's Obituary (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Jan 16 OP
hlthe2b Jan 16 #1
madaboutharry Jan 16 #2
MyNameGoesHere Jan 16 #3
DavidDvorkin Jan 16 #8
Geechie Jan 16 #13
tulipsandroses Jan 16 #4
The Genealogist Jan 16 #5
jodymarie aimee Jan 16 #6
The Genealogist Jan 16 #7
catbyte Jan 16 #10
Tipperary Jan 16 #12
kimbutgar Jan 16 #9
catbyte Jan 16 #11
NBachers Jan 16 #14
Xipe Totec Jan 16 #15
Dem2theMax Jan 16 #16
Xipe Totec Jan 16 #17
Dem2theMax Jan 16 #18
workinclasszero Jan 17 #19

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 06:54 PM

1. May you be at peace now, Ms. Williams... So many of us can relate...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 06:56 PM

2. Rest in Peace Ms.Williams.

You must have been a great lady, as we can see by the fact that you were still wearing animal prints.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 06:58 PM

3. Courier-Journal, that names suggest it's part of the

Reich wing propaganda network. They only print what the Kremlin approves of.

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Response to MyNameGoesHere (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:46 PM

8. It used to be a great liberal paper

With high journalistic standards. I don't know if it's changed.

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Response to MyNameGoesHere (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:35 PM

13. Gannett bought it

and another good paper bit the dust. Not sure what you mean by Courier-Journal spelling “Reich” wing, but if you know anything about Gannett ...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:13 PM

4. May she RIP - Did they get a refund? I bet Carol would have demanded one!

Ridiculous!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:22 PM

5. If you are going to charge someone almost $1700 for an obit, they should be able...

to say whatever they damned well please. $1700 FOR AN OBIT?

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Response to The Genealogist (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:30 PM

6. they are free

here...

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 07:38 PM

7. My local paper charges for them.

10 years ago, I was shocked that an obituary was a couple of hundred bucks. I thought it was highway robbery. That is a mere fraction of what they charged this family. You'd think they bought a full page spread.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:29 PM

10. When my husband passed away in December, 2014, they charged me $900 for

just a short blurb. The local paper charged by the inch or something like that. I know they used to be free here; not anymore.

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Response to jodymarie aimee (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:32 PM

12. Not free where I live.

They are quite expensive.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:09 PM

9. Funny now her obit will get more attention because of their refusal to print it

The family should demand their money back.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:31 PM

11. If the paper had any sense of decency & value the First Amendment at all, they'd

refund it without being asked.

Assholes.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:51 PM

14. Just seeing her, and knowing about her, makes me know I'd have got a kick out of her in life.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 08:59 PM

15. I've made my decision. My tombstone will read: "Trump was always an asshole" nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 09:02 PM

16. I have seriously thought of putting this on my headstone -

'It was the only way to get away from Trump!'

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 09:06 PM

17. Imagine Chevy Chase reading: This just in, Generalisimo Francisco Franco is still dead...

And Donald Trump is still an asshole.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 16, 2019, 09:22 PM

18. LMAO!

It's so easy to hear his voice saying those words. Over, and over and over.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 04:07 PM

19. The "liberal news media" strikes again!

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