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Online comments drive editor to retirement

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by MisterCreosote, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Says he's tired of the incivility in comments and the shots readers take at him. Nothing new: accusations of bias, mad that he doesn't run TV listings anymore, etc. But retirement seems an overreaction:


  2. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    His story only has two comments.

    I'm betting it's more about his corporate overlords, Lee Enterprises, more than anything. The Bismarck Tribune is the only real counterweight to Forum Communications in North Dakota.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Read more: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/columnists/looking-back-while-moving-forward/article_d6fb5bfc-d5a4-11e0-b264-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1XTfEhHcz

    Cute. He builds his article on a false premise gleaned from watching sensationalized movies.

    In real life, it pays greatly to be a rat.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Adios. Grow a thicker skin.
  5. He's giving his tormentors a feather in their cap for running him off.
  6. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Online comments on our website make me lose hope and faith in humanity and our nation's future, but they do not drive me towards quitting.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    No. And if you are going to go out flaming online comments, blasts the ones making fun of fatal car accidents or mocking sick folks or any number of disgusting crap you see on the comments.

    Don't whine about stuff directed at you.
  8. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member


    Of all the crap that's been heaped on newsrooms everywhere -- especially in the Lee chain, from people I've known who work there -- online comments don't even rate as a minor irritant.

    On a lighter note ...

    ... somebody get that guy a CD of Permanent Waves or Moving Pictures, pronto! :D
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Your kind always says that.
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    A distinction without a difference. ;)
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Easier said than done. I worked with a guy who wrote something mildly controversial and by 7 a.m. in the comments someone had listed this guy's home phone number, they said where his wife worked and where his daughter went to school.

    There are some sick fucking people out there...
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but the stuff this guy is whining about is the typical crap.
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