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If what you are saying were true President Obama wouldn't have campaigned on reddit two months before the election. Presidential campaigns don't take risks like that. You are vastly overstating the damage to reddit's reputation that small underground subreddits and a handful of users have caused due to a couple days worth of tabloid coverage.

If Advance were worried about reddit tarnishing their brands as you say they'd just have the admins ban anything offensive.

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