Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"Freedom Walk" Gets a New Sponsor

'Washington Times' Offers To Sponsor Pentagon's 'Freedom Walk'

NEW YORK Two weeks after The Washington Post pulled its co-sponsorship of a controversial Pentagon-organized march to commemorate Sept. 11, The Washington Times has offered to take its place.

"We offered to help with free advertising," Dick Amberg, general manager and vice president of the Times, told E&P Monday. "It seems like a very reasonable thing to do in terms of public service."

The offer, which would include publishing public service announcements relating to next month's Freedom Walk, mirrors the support the Post had originally planned to provide before coming under fire from internal as well as external critics.

Amberg said Department of Defense officials have not responded to the offer, and it is unclear if it will be accepted. Calls to the Pentagon's Office of Public Affairs, which is handling publicity for the Freedom Walk, were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

The Post pulled out of its commitment on Aug. 15 following opposition from anti-war groups and bloggers who saw the event as a pro-war march. Others, such as the paper's media writer, Howard Kurtz, and the local unit of the Newspaper Guild, also objected to the Post's role.

You get to the point where you can almost predict what these folks will do.....

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