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Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star Refuses to Run TEA Party Meeting Notice in a Paid Ad!


Editor’s note: The Free Lance-Star has not responded to my email for an explanation of why they refused to print a paid for ad for the TEA Party group in Fredericksburg, but they did contact me to let me know the photo I previously posted which was sent to me as what I thought was part of the ad was a copyright infringement. My bad. Didn’t realize the Free Lance-Star owned the photo. So I removed it and made a better one.

I am rather baffled at why the Free Lance-Star received the ad below from the Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots, approved the ad and then took their money only to later notify the group that they would not run the ad.

The Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots have a meeting scheduled to discuss whether or not having the former campaign manager of one of the Supervisors for Spotsylvania County violates any ethics codes or conflict of interest laws and rules.

I think this is a valid topic to discuss and can see no reason the Free Lance-Star should discriminate against a group of citizens trying to hold government accountable.

I sent the following email to the Free Lance-Star editor this morning but have received no response so far:

Dear Mr. Jenkins,

I am the editor of the Conservative blog Virginia Right! and was contacted by a member of the Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots that let me know your paper accepted and approved an ad for the group, took payment and then decided not to run the ad.

I am writing to you to ask for an explanation of the reversal of the decision to print the meeting notice.

There are a couple of possible reasons that come to mind as to why you would refuse this ad, but I was hoping for an explanation from you to set the record straight. I plan to publish this story early this afternoon along with the ad early this afternoon and would appreciate a comment from you or an appropriate employee of the paper to include with my story.

Thank you for your time and I can be reached by email or at the number below.

Tom White, Editor
Virginia Right!


This is the ad in question:

The Fredericksburg Virginia Patriots invite you to join us as we ask, “Does Supervisor Gary Skinner’s former Campaign Manager Tom Byrnes appearing before the Board of Supervisors as the Rappahannock Baseball Initiative Consultant qualify as a “personal relationship that may give the appearance of a conflict of interest”?” “Has Supervisor Skinner violated the Virginia State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act or the Spotsylvania County Code of Ethics?”
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About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star Refuses to Run TEA Party Meeting Notice in a Paid Ad!”

  1. Robert Shannon

    I see no legitimate reason for the newspapers refusal of running the ad. Any elected official or public person associated with public matters is fair game.

    It is one thing to slander someone, going after a personal matter . That said so long as the ad remains focused on business of the publics, the newspaper has no reason to refuse to run this ad I just read.

    As someone who has recently filed a formal complaint with the Virginia State Police on this very Conflict of Interest Statute I know more than I ever wanted to learn about the statute and it’s application.
    Did they actually vote yet on the matter ? Was a public recusal or conflict stated ? It may very well be the person in question ( former campaign manager ) is not an elected official and the newspaper is concerned about libel associated with any mention of this persons name.

    If you retract mention of this individual and remain focused on the Supervisor, I would suggest they then have no reason to deny running the ad.

    Bob Shannon

  2. Dale says:

    Thanks Bob ,
    I would like to talk to you more on this subject. Will you private message me with your phone number so that we can discuss how to proceed with this.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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