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Metro GM 'Offended' by Ad, Says It Will Stay

GM Richard Sarles said ad will stay in place



    Backlash Over Anti-Obama Metro Ad

    Virginia congressman Jim Moran is asking WMATA to remove what he calls an offensive ad from the Clarendon Metro Station. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012)

    Metro’s General Manager is speaking out about a controversial ad targeting President Obama that is posted at a Metro Station in Arlington.

    The ad in question is posted at the end of the platform at the Clarendon Metro Station.

    It promotes a film called "Sick and Sicker" created by a libertarian group that opposes President Obama's health care law.

    The ad includes a profane way to tell the president where to go.

    On Friday, General Manager Richard Sarles sent an e-mail to Metro employees saying he's deeply offended by the ad, but it will stay up.

    "There are very few limits placed on freedom of speech and, unfortunately, the language used in the ad would not be included under those few exceptions," said Sarles.

    The Washington Post reports that Freestar Movie of Los Angeles paid $800 for the ad to run from mid-February to mid-March. The ad is scheduled to come down March 11.