Newspaper Apologizes After Refusing to Run Obit Blaming Trump for Woman's Death

A Kentucky newspaper has apologized after refusing to run a woman's obit that criticized President Trump.
Frances Irene Finley Williams died in November. Courtesy of Art Williams

The Kentucky paper said the obituary contained "negative" content.

A Kentucky newspaper has apologized after refusing to run an obituary because it claimed President Trump helped speed up the demise of an 87-year-old woman who died in November.

Frances Irene Finley Williams was a spirited and opinionated woman who was not fond of the current White House resident and told her family about six months ago, "If I die soon, all this Trump stuff has had an effect," according to the Louisville Courier Journal. 

When her lungs and heart stopped working on Nov. 21, her daughter, Cathy Duff, wrote her obituary. Duff noted her mother's survivors and her affection for horse racing and the University of Louisville. She also loved dancing and babies and Elvis Presley. The coda was: "Her passing was hastened by her continued frustration with the Trump Administration."

The Cremation Society of Kentucky handled Williams' arrangements and submitted the obit to the Courier Journal with a check for $1,684. 

The paper rejected the obituary for its "negative" line about Trump, according to the Williams family. Stunned, son Art Williams took to Facebook. "I was — and still am, dumbfounded, surprised — but most of all disappointed and aghast," he wrote.

Not wanting to hold up the funeral, the Williams family removed the sentence. 

But more than 100 people reacted to Art Williams' post, and the newspaper, owned by Gannett, latter issued an apology and returned the obit's fee.

“Mrs. Williams’ obituary should have published as it was presented to our obits team and as requested by the family,” said Richard Green, the Courier Journal’s editor.