Message of Apology from Whatcom Transit

  • March 8, 2016

Message of Apology from Whatcom Transit

3/8/2016


We very much appreciate the quick and positive response of Whatcom Transit Authority to the concerns raised by farmers and farm supporters about the Whatsupstream ads placed on buses in Whatcom County. While we cannot expect the same from the Bellingham Herald and KUOW who are also running these false and malicious attack ads, we hope that this example provided by WTA will help bring the true nature of this attack to the public’s attention.

This is the message that WTA has distributed regarding their action:

At Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA), our policy is to prohibit advertisements that “express or advocate an opinion, position or viewpoint on matters of public debate.” For a few days in early March, we displayed some advertisements that violated our own policy. Though we were able to get them removed soon after we learned about them, we apologize that they appeared on our buses at all. Our transit advertising is handled by a third party vendor. While our vendor is aware of our policy, and generally does an excellent job of declining requests for prohibited advertisements, this one slipped through the cracks. We are sorry.