Larry Flynt, founder and publisher of the monthly pornographic magazine Hustler, lashed out Wednesday at two Charleston newspapers for refusing to run his Mark Sanford endorsement ads.
“I was surprised and dismayed that a distinguished newspaper like The Post and Courier decided to act as a censor and refused to publish my paid advertisement endorsing Mark Sanford for Congress,” Flynt said in a statement. “I was even more surprised when the publisher of the Charleston City Paper also refused my family friendly advertisement endorsing Mark Sanford. These newspapers’ shameful decisions to act as censors instead of voices of democracy damage their reputations as standard bearers of the First Amendment and freedom of speech.”
In an article, Charleston City Paper publisher Noel Mermer stood behind his right to refuse the ad.
“I was approached about running this ad by LFP, Inc. and rejected it on the grounds that I thought it was an inappropriate mockery of our local election,” says Mermer. “I knew it would garner a lot of press, but it wasn’t the kind I wanted us to be associated with.”