Can newspapers refuse to run a letter, column or advertisement? Posted in: Opinions Yes. Newspapers have a First Amendment right to refuse letters to the editor, as well as ads and submitted columns. Since most newspapers are privately owned entities, whose editors have editorial control, they are free to promote whatever political, social or economic view they wish. The U.S. Supreme Court addressed the issue ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!