The operator of Washington state ferries has expressed "regrets" after banning an issue of a weekly paper that depicted Sen. Patty Murray dressed in raw pork, according to a report in the Seattle Times.
"We probably shouldn't have pulled it," Steve Pierce, communications director for the Washington State Department of Transportation, told the newspaper.
Washington State Ferries reportedly refunded Seattle Weekly's fee for operating a kiosk on the boats.
The action by Washington State Ferries stands in sharp contrast to a decision by B.C. Ferries to ban the sale of The Golden Mean by B.C. writer Annabel Lyon because the cover image featured a naked rear end.
There was no apology forthcoming from B.C. Ferries, even though Lyon's novel was nominated for the Giller Prize.
Unlike Washington State Ferries, B.C. Ferries has never permitted on-board distribution of alt-weeklies, including the Georgia Straight.
As a result, there has been no need to remove illustrator Rod Filbrandt's merciless cover illustrations of Premier Gordon Campbell that have appeared in the Georgia Straight over the years.