The arrival of tens of millions of DVDs of a controversial film on doorsteps around the nation — but almost exclusively in election “swing states” — via newspaper home delivery continues this weekend, with explanatory articles and subscriber feedback appearing on some of the papers’ Web sites.
The DVDs of the 60-minute film, made in 2005, and titled “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” arrived Saturday with, among other papers, the Charlotte Observer and the News & Observer in Raleigh, with delivery with the Miami Herald and other papers set for Sunday.
Other Florida papers to distribute it on Sunday included the major dailies in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando.
Despite some protests from Muslim and liberal activists, the newspapers — all hard hit by drops in ad revenue in recent months — have explained that the DVD does not violate their usual standards; see our exchange with The New York Times below. A spokesperson there said the Times last Sunday inserted 145,000 DVDs in its papers delivered in the following markets: Denver, Miami/Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Detroit, Kansas City, St Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee/Madison. Note: These are all in swing states. (Full Text)