The AJC specifically ASKED ME to enter my Van in their Contest when they were trying to beef-up entries.
I relied on that - quite fairly I think.
Read the rules of the contest -- it does not prohibit it, and they easily could have included a rule doing so.
We competed fairly -- and WON -- only to have AJC throw a snit because sensitive readers complained that the caption on our photo "If the Van's Rock'in, Don't Come Knock'in" was deemed "obscene" and "offensive". That's laughable and pathetic.
Ms. Miller has NEVER contacted me to offer the explanation given to the AJC -- an AJC rep told me that the Van was disqualified solely because the caption was "obscene" and "offensive". Moreover, it is important to note that: (i) an employee in the Classifieds division solicited me to enter the 13 Roses van in AJC's contest, (ii) the 13 Roses van pics were on the AJC site for 10+ days, where AJC editors viewed them and could have removed them much, much earlier if they had a problem with the shop logo or that it was a commercial vehicle, (iii) the rules of the contest have no explicit prohibition on commercial vehicles in the contest, (iv) And while Ms. Miller states that the AJC "couldn't permit the contest to be abused to serve as an advertising vehicle for a local business" -- apparently the AJC has no problem exploiting small local business owners to collect registrations for their huge media enterprise for 10 days and then disqualify them with specious reasons and screw them over without even having the balls to even call or inform said small business owner directly and then more than a week later come up with this lame ex-post facto justification for their actions.
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