Of all the reasons to cancel your print newspaper subscription to the Washington Post — 1) You can read it for free online; 2) You can read it for free on your iPhone; 3) You rely on a news clipping service like Google News or Newser; 4) Politico is just more fun; 5) The Drudge Report will tell you if there’s anything worth reading in WaPo — seeing two homosexual men kiss outside Washington D.C.’s Superior Court is among the lamest of them all.
But that’s just what twenty-seven subscribers did after seeing Jeremy Ames and Taka Ariga defile frontpage newsprint and share a smooch. “Almost immediately,” writes ombudsman Andrew Alexander, “I began hearing from upset readers. … A few of the readers have engaged in rants, often with anti-gay slurs. One called me to complain about ‘promoting a faggot lifestyle.’ Another complained about the photo in an e-mail to the two Post reporters who wrote Thursday’s story about the licenses: ‘That kind of stuff makes normal people want to throw up. People have kids who are being exposed to this crap. I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. Real men marry women.’ But most simply said The Post had offended their sensibilities by publishing the photo, especially on the front page.”
Oh come on. There wasn’t even any tongue.