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Admit it. We’ve all seen ads like this scrolling across web pages begging for our attention. And if you haven’t, you’re probably not looking at the right websites.

Or maybe you are…? Turns out CNBC was ‘mistakenly’ selling ad space to a number of these online escort services until they realized their horrible error!

Managing Editor of CNBC.com, Allen Wastler, posted what could best be called a gruff apology on the website yesterday for these infractions on the site’s ‘business journalism decorum code’.

However, Wastler also makes no apologies for having plenty of bikini-clad swimsuit slideshows. As he shouldn’t! You won’t find any complaints from us here at Wall Street Fighter, obviously there is a market amongst CNBC’s readers for those ads, otherwise they wouldn’t have been clicked on so many times.

Here’s what Wastler mumbled with that cigar in his mouth:

Dear Readers,

Sorry about the racy dating ads we’ve had on our site lately.

You know … the ones showing women unbuttoning sweaters and listing mileage to ladies looking for a date. And the others showing come-hither countenances and blaring “NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED.” (“What?” chimed one of our reporters, “you just leave it on the dresser?”)

These ads aren’t exactly porn, but they cross the business journalism decorum code, I believe.

 How could ads we don’t approve of get on our site? Welcome to the Internet world of networks, where inventory is sold off to middlemen who represent a variety of advertisers. You get all sorts of strange ads running through. We had ones for nipple pads once. You wouldn’t usually expect that with your bond rates, would you?

Now we aren’t prudes at CNBC.com. Heck, we put up swimsuit slideshows that … well, show some edgy fashion (and some of you objected). But readers choose to go or not to go into a slideshow. Racy ads are just thrust upon them.

We’re in the process of getting them down. Again, sorry.

No hard feelings, Allen! Keep up the excellent bikini industry coverage, so we have stuff to blog about!

Now if only they weren’t such holier-than-thou puritans about the whole thing, this story wouldn’t even be worth talking about. Maybe they should turn it into one of those hour-long documentaries taking a deeper look into the world of porn/racy online dating site advertising.

Erin Burnett to do all the reporting of course.

CNBC: Sorry About The Racy Dating Ads, August 25, 2008