An advertisement referring to Sanford as “America’s great sex pioneer” was refused by the Post & Courier and Charleston City Paper, the publisher of Hustler magazine said today in a press release.
"I was surprised and dismayed that a distinguished newspaper like the Post & Courier decided to act as a censor and refused to publish my paid advertisement endorsing Mark Sanford for Congress,” Flynt’s release says. “I was even more surprised when the publisher of the Charleston City Paper also refused my family-friendly advertisement(.)”
He resorted to a video recording of his endorsement, which was released on April 30. (Click here to see video.)
In the sarcastic endorsement, Flynt referred to Sanford’s infamous Argentine affair, saying he supports the Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District “not for his character, but for exposing the hypocrisy of traditional values.”
Calling their rejection of his ad an indication of censorship, in today’s release Flynt says the two local print journals “now stand as the leading examples of hypocrisy in America regarding the First Amendment.”
The Post & Courier is operated by the Evening Post Publishing Company, and endorses Republicans in elections more frequently than other parties’ candidates. The weekly Charleston City Paper is regarded to be more progressive in content, though, and without any partisan slant.
While City Paper did post the video and original press release to its website on May 1, publisher Noel Mermer told his own publication’s Sam Spence that he “rejected (the print advertisement) on the grounds that I thought it was an inappropriate mockery of our local election.”
Its editor and advertising director both say the ad should have been accepted, though.
Today’s press release repeats Flynt’s wry support for the former governor: “I have endorsed Mark Sanford because he is America’s great sex pioneer for exposing the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values.”