I am not sure where to stick this, but I feel the need to write about this publicly, so I guess a fanpost is as good a place as any.
While surveying the various fanposts today over my morning OJ, I began noticing some interesting advertisements in the right-hand vertical column of the site. One in particular caught my attention because it contained a side-by-side juxtaposition of the pictures of Barack Obama and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the caption "Is it okay to unconditionally meet with anti-American foreign leaders?" followed by, "Paid for by John McCain 2008."
Now, aside from, say, the occasional cutting reference to Bush by someone like me or NYRoyal, RR has generally been a politics-free zone. I'm not opposed to us discussing politics, but when the site is hosting extremely negative and arguably xenophobic political attack ads, I feel compelled to protest (full disclosure--I intend to vote for Barack Obama in November, but I would feel equally uncomfortable if I found out the site was hosting ads from his campaign that said that John McCain eats puppies).
Again--I'm not saying RR has to be a politics-free zone. But my questions are two-fold--first, how did such advertising make its way here in the first place, and second, is there anyone else here who feels similarly, that such advertising should not have a place here?
I ask these questions not to be inflammatory myself--I fervently hope that any discussion that takes place on this fanpost is of a civil nature and does not degenerate into attacks on each others' politics--but the presence of these ads is really disconcerting to me and RR/SB Nation/whoever can consider this my request that such ads be pulled from the site if at all possible.