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Politician takes on online commenters

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TrooperBari, May 10, 2011.

  1. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    Warning: this could be NSFW if you speak Polish.
    http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/05/smears_and_slurs_poland

    The papers whose Web sites included the comments have taken them down and "apologized unreservedly." Good on them for doing the decent thing, but can you see a US politician going so far as to sue a paper and/or Web site for its online comments? Or do media outlets only open themselves up to lawsuits if they take ownership of the comments by moderating the discussion?
     
  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    So it is ok for Moderators to start political threads?
     
  3. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    I know Polish politics is a hot-button issue around these parts, but I thought it was worth the risk.

    Stay classy, Boom.
     
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  5. mrbigles01

    mrbigles01 Member

    I honestly wish more people did this. I've never seen a comment section that added anything to the story. They are cesspools of uninformed, ignorant nonsense.

    I can't for the life of me understand why any serious news organization allows that kind of crap to exist on their site, even when its not anti-Semitic.
     
  6. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    Traffic. It's all about the clicks (which still haven't translated into Benjamins).
     
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