We have an ongoing controversy of this type right here in Pocahontas County.We have only one, weekly, newspaper, The Pocahontas Times.
Some years ago, one of our local political fringe tried, IIRC, to run a political advertisement which threatened the tender sensibiities or the blatant political biasses of the Times.
The Times refused to print it, the would-be advertiser believed that his freedom of political speech was being infringed and sued, and lost.
The principle upheld by the SCOWV was, "Freedom of the press belongs to him who owns one"..
I agree heartily.
To argue otherwise is to deny the right of private property, to say that the Government should force you to allow the painting of the slogans YOU most hate, on YOUR wall.
HOWEVER, as the Founders knew and variously expresses, no system of law can successfully replace or obviate individual morality.
The Times, as the only newspaper of general circulation in Pocahontas County had and has a MORAL obligation, which it continues to shirk, to print ALL the opinions and events of local interest.
It has every right to append its own opinion to those it considers odious or dangerous, but it has no MORAL right to suppress them. But Government is far too blunt and interested an instrument to entrust with the power to enforce this MORAL obligation.