The Washington Post Magazine killed two stories slated for its Aug. 11 education issue due to objections from its business side, reported WaPo blogger Erik Wemple on Sept. 5.

The "offending" pieces dealt with drinking among college students and whether Virginia will offer benefits to gay and lesbian couple staffers in its public university system.

Lynn Medford, magazine editor, said the Post sales team was "adamant" about spiking the stories because they didn't think the articles were "appropriate" due to the supposed "utilitarian" focus of the publication.

Medford took personal responsibility for pulling the stories.

WaPO executive editor Martin Baron told Wemple that special issues need a "service-oriented mission."

He added that the stories ran elsewhere in the paper.