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Looks like the Weekly in Chief has swayed the fourum WAY toy the right...

Original post made by Annon on Sep 16, 2009

Need I say more? Dozens of posts I see have been removed the last several weeks, posted by dozens of community members. If one looks at the topic list page, the majority are conservative based right wing rants.

A great number of more left liberal focused topics, as well as responses to topic have been removed by the Weekly.

Comments (21)

Posted by Annon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Sorry about the careless spelling, bath water for the kids was a problem..


Posted by poster boy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

well, the truth can often be considered objectionable material, so there you go...


Posted by m, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:28 am

Honestly, this is one of the most open forums in the country. I think the forum administrators are merely trying to right the abuses that occur (different postings under different names, etc) ... If you want censorship go to Huffington Post or the New York Times. I want to support this Forum. I don't like what I read most of the time, but I will defend the right for people to express those views. I love Freedom of Speech. It's a really, really good thing.


Posted by Annon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:40 am

Excuse me but it's NOT 'freedom of speech" when posts are removed based upon one "presidents" personal perception of what may be "offensive" etc.

Like I said, plenty of posts that sway more to the left have been removed and these were posts from numerous community members, while plenty of really offensive posts that lean way more to the "patriot radical" right remain.

You can put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig.


Posted by m, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:57 am

If what you say is true, well, that's alarming. I just hope it isn't. That would cast the Forum in a different light to me. Is there a way to check with the administrator to see if there is idealogical censorship going on? (Again, I sure hope not ... that is NOT a good thing)


Posted by Me, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 9:14 am

Annon -- you hit the nail on the head


Posted by Me, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 9:20 am

You cannot censor without being biased (or edit for that matter) unless you purely use offensive language (not or disrespectful) as the basis.

Opinions to have some teeth may need to be disrespectful. Sometimes stories are disrespectful. Like publishing that some *&&^%$# (I censored myself here) is keeping her kids home so they don't have to listen to the president because said *&&^%$# doesn't like the presidents taylor.

Why would PW publish such nonsense? Giving said *&&^%$# a stage?
Only one reason, a near Bin Laden leaning to the right.



Posted by Annon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:02 am

Me-Spot On!

M- The "commander in chief" says:

"I edited the posts that were just plain stupid and not worth reading"

"if you don't like it, find another forum"

Let's just see how long this topic stays alive? Free speech? Not so as the forum is "privately owned" etc.

She has said similar several times lately in regard to deleting and or editing complete topics and or posts within a topic. Personally I feel that some of the attacks and slander in regard to the President Of the United States here on the forum are Absurd!

Posted by m, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, 56 minutes ago

If what you say is true, well, that's alarming. I just hope it isn't. That would cast the Forum in a different light to me. Is there a way to check with the administrator to see if there is idealogical censorship going on? (Again, I sure hope not ... that is NOT a good thing)


Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Sep 17, 2009 at 10:20 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Annon, try posting one of your leftist rants to this post and let's see what happens. Chances are it will be removed due to apathy.

I think you might stand a better chance of having your opinions taken seriously if you register with the Weekly and used a name instead of hiding behind your current moniker. Otherwise, the editor may consider you to be another left wing troll.

Try it...what do you have to lose?


Posted by Annon,, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 11:18 am

Steve,

Pretty much most everyone on the forum is annon, so bark louder dude!

Catch ya at the Teabagger Rally perhaps?

Enjoy your insanity flame baiter, I am NOT buying into it!

PEACE


Posted by Long Time Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I can't believe such an allegation has been lodged against this forum. From my vantage point, this forum is pretty LEFT. I can't believe someone is accusing it to be RIGHT. Wow!

This is a FREE COUNTRY and it is everyone's right to speak up... without getting personal. Try go to another country (IRAN, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba).. I'll come visit you in your free hotel!

You don't know how much you have it until you lose it!


Posted by Annon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm

M-

I took a screen shot:

Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Aug 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm
Gina Channell-Allen is a member (registered user) of Pleasanton Weekly

The two threads on the kidnapping were not removed.




However, I have been removing several posts this weekend from those threads and many others because the comments were DISRESPECTFULL to other posters, irrelevant to the topic, or just a simple WASTE OF TIME TO READ.




CENSORSHIP, YES, censorship of irrelevant, disrespectful and sometimes STUPID COMMENTS. And my staff and I are trying to remain diligent in the effort to rein in the few posters who are abusing this forum.




I would appreciate everyone's help in this by reporting objectionable comments. However, please keep in mind that "objectionable comment" does NOT mean something you disagree with.....

Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Aug 31, 2009 at 10:36 am
Gina Channell-Allen is a member (registered user) of Pleasanton Weekly

Jerry - "Objectionable comment" is for abusive or hateful comments toward other posters, obscene language, or some other violation of our terms of use. I'm getting many reports that are fine as far as that is concerned, but someone doesn't like the message.




Ron - Read my response to Jerry. Whether you agree or not, those posts do not constitute "objectionable" IN MY DEFINITION.




And "STUPID" includes FLAMING, irrelevent comments PERCEIVED as a WASTE OF TIME by ME and my STAFF. If you have a problem with this definition, I understand if you FIND ANOTHER FORUM to post YOUR OPINIONS.


Posted by Annon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Let's see how long before this factual free speech that is just a direct copy of ones viewpoints stays here? Probably will be a LOCKED thread at the very least?


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

"Because the internet needs prophylactics for memetically transmitted diseases." Web Link


Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Sep 17, 2009 at 2:48 pm

SteveP is a registered user.

Annon---happy now?
No one is picking on your comments for deletion and there is no vast right wing conspiracy (although there may be a black helicopter circling over your house right now).
Maybe the fact that your comments are still posted here points out their irrelevance or it could still be apathy to your whiney "left liberal focused topics"?
How's that for being an "insanity flame baiter"?
Yawn....out......


Posted by M, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm

just a quick reminder little m is not M. Aside from that I would be curious to know which posts were removed. Additionally I wonder what the criteria is for "stupid" comments, as what one person finds "stupid" another may find to be perfectly sound. Who defines what is irrelevant and what is not? This is a slippery slope. I am always disappointed when I see this kind of thing starting to happen.


Posted by Annon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm

look Steve,

If you look through the remaining topics and post within topic, its 75% Right Wing Patriot Radical Conservatives BASHING anything and everything that comes out of the White House and or in regard the the president.

The LEFT is NOT creating this major angry dooms day prophecy and we're disgusted with the lunacy's, dis respect and u civilised manner in which some people are conducting them selves.

Like I said, it's the principal, but we're really happy that the more the Right comes off as insane, the better the chances of an eight year term or another Dem.

I don't believe or subscribe to even 70% of what is said or done by ANY politician or President, but to many, Obama is a major breath of fresh air over the former administration.

The President of the Weekly stated that she is not in the PR business, that she will be the DECIDER as to what is STUPID and NOT WORTH READING and that anyone with a problem with that is welcome to leave the on line community.

Enough said!


Posted by Annon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2009 at 6:21 pm

M- The criteria for what constitutes a "STUPID" topic or Post and or one that is "not worth reading" is as stated by the Weekly president verbatim above in the screen shot.


Posted by hmmm, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 18, 2009 at 10:35 am

Anon,

Maybe you could stop complaining an do something about it yourself. Put up your own blog/forum site for Pleasanton residents and run it however you choose. You read the rules before posting correct? Nothing is perfect, try enjoying the fact that this outlet exists.....


Posted by Me, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2009 at 9:53 am

Annon is correct,

In context what seems like irrealevant, may have had real and meaningful context.

For example after being censored for questioning the Dr. for the extemeist views (I think I may have used Whack Job) as my description.

I question my censorship through ubsurd but true, and quite relevant statement that Adolph Hitler was a whack job.

It was through silence, fear and censorship that the 3rd Reich came to power.

The analogy is simple, PW gave an extremeist (with whacky views) a headline forum. The views were so riduiculous that they had to be called what they were. For this PW censored me. The hang man's tree grew.




Posted by You, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 21, 2009 at 2:30 pm

"It was through silence, fear and censorship that the 3rd Reich came to power."

What an ironic statement.


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