News flap – Unfair treatment charged

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has criticized the Philadelphia Inquirer for an apology the newspaper ran Oct. 1 about the placement of an advertisement funded by the foundation.

The ad was part of a campaign to raise awareness and support of international family planning. The campaign is a joint effort of organizations advocating for women children and the environment including Planned Parenthood, Save the Children and the National Audubon Society.

The Inquirer ran an apology to its readers for placing the family planning ad in a story about the canonization of Mother Katherine Drexel after some readers complained the ad was offensive.

“The Inquirer’s apology implies that all of their advertising must support the content of the stories,” said Sarah Clark, director of the Packard Foundation’s population program.

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