The message line reads "Dr. Michael Joseph for School Board," while the advertisement itself, as you can see by the accompanying photo, shows a prominent Joplin Globe logo followed by "A message from our partner."
Since when is the Joplin Globe a partner with a candidate for the Board of Education?
Joseph is running in a three-candidate race for two three-year positions. The other candidates are incumbent Board President Sharrock Dermott and Jennifer Martucci.
While the Globe occasionally sends advertisements to those who receive its newsletters, the suggestion of a partnership between the newspaper and a political candidate is unseemly, to say the least.
The last time I can recall the Globe doing this was three years ago, something I wrote about in the post below.
Joplin Globe: Sharrock Dermott is our partner