The Tennessean â€• the stateâ€™s most widely circulated daily newspaper â€• is facing intense scrutiny after publishing an anti-Muslim ad in its Sunday print edition that claimed â€œIslamâ€ planned to detonate a nuclear bomb in Nashville.
The full-page ad, paid for by what appears to be a Christian doomsday cult, featured a banner at the top that included images of President Donald Trump, Pope Francis and American flags engulfed in flames.
The Ministry of Future For America falsely asserted in its ad that the religion of Islam is going to blow up Nashville on July 18. The group claimed to know this based on â€œBible prophecyâ€ and called Trump the â€œfinal president of the USA.â€
Several top editors at The Tennessean did not immediately respond to HuffPostâ€™s requests for comment.Â
Twitters users slammed The Tennessean for printing the Islamophobic ad.
â€œWeâ€™re appalled that [The Tennessean]Â allowed a full-page ad stoking fear and hate against Muslim communities to run in todayâ€™s paper,â€ the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition tweeted. â€œThis rhetoric is dangerous and an affront to the paperâ€™s stated commitment to civil discourse.
â€œI feel really bad for the [The Tennessean]Â reporters working their asses off through a pandemic and furloughs only to see their work printed next to this garbage,â€ a reporter for News 4 Nashville saidï»¿. â€œThey deserve better.â€
Some of the newspaperâ€™s customers said they were canceling their subscriptions in response to the ad.
â€œBeen a subscriber since 2010,â€ one Twitter user wrote. â€œIâ€™m not going to support a news organization that will run an advertisement like this one.â€
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