Mother Jones Magazine
P.O. Box 584
San Francisco, CA 94104-0584
Attention: Monica Bauerlein, CEO
The November/December issue arrived a few days ago, and I sat down last night to read it. As usual, the articles were well-researched, cogent and informative. And then I turned to pages 68 and 69. I gaped in dismay and disappointment. An ad for tobacco products! Even with the Surgeon General’s standard warning and your other disclaimers, it is irresponsible to run such an ad, promoting a dangerously toxic and highly addictive drug.
As my sense of outrage grew, I reached for the phone to call you and cancel my subscription. That would be a shame, because I value your investigative reporting and the high quality of your writers. I finally decided to write this letter instead, hoping that other subscribers will do the same, and you will reconsider your decision to allow such ads to appear in your magazine.
I understand that print media are having a tough time these days. But is it absolutely necessary for your survival to stoop to this?
I hope not.