The Charleston Post and Courier newspaper apologized for a gun ad on its front page yesterday atop its coverage of the mass shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church.
Nine people were killed at the historic black church in downtown Charleston on June 17. Suspect Dylann Roof was arrested yesterday and charged with nine counts of murder today.
Dylann Roof bond hearing @ 2 pm today charged with 9 counts of murder & poss of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) June 19, 2015
The Post and Courier apologized in print today and online yesterday for the ad, which was a sticker posted on top of the paper’s front page, just above the headline “Church attack kills 9.”
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Today’s print apology on the front page reads: “To our readers: The placement of a sticky note ad on the front page of some home delivery newspapers on Thursday was a deeply regrettable coincidence. We apologize.”
— Sydney Smith (@SSmithWriter) June 19, 2015
Disclosures: The author of this report, Sydney Smith, freelanced for the Post and Courier from 2002-2004 and also from 2009 to 2011.