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Sunday, March 4, 2007
Speaking of Threatening Commenters...
Topic: NewsBusters

From a March 2 NewsBusters post by Ken Shepherd:

CBS News "PublicEye" editor Brian Montopoli suggested in a recent blog post that conservatives are unfairly attacking liberal Web sites for comments posted by readers that lament that a terrorists attack in Afghanistan did not succeed in killing Vice President Cheney.

Montopoli says that both right and left-wing sites have their share of nutty commenters, which, to some degree is a fair point. There are fring loonies and flamers on the Internet on both sides of the aisle.

What Montopoli seems to miss then is that the objection conservatives like Sean Hannity have raised is not so much the sin of commission by nasty commenters but the sin of omission by Web site administrators and editors.

It's a legitimate question to ask why people wishing for the assassination of the Vice President of the United States are not banned from a politically-oriented site.

Of course, NewsBusters has its own history of tolerating those who wish for the deaths of those they hate.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:08 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, March 4, 2007 12:10 PM EST

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