Is the “TownSquare Forum” being used for anti-Obama, right-wing propaganda?
Original post made by Ron, Downtown, on Jun 12, 2009
Since the Pleasanton Weekly began the “TownSquare Forum” feature, I’ve always been under the impression that the forum would be used to discuss and debate local issues. Instead, I’ve notice a recent trend of forum users posting daily anti-Obama rants and general right-wing propaganda that sounds like it could have come directly from the mouths of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or Sean Hannity. Such recent post titles as “Obama the Muslim” have little to do with local issues, and more to do with AM Radio/Fox News conservative talking points being regurgitated on this forum. Many of these posts are completely baseless attacks on Obama and Democrats. They are rife with conservative fear mongering, and founded on rumors and innuendo from extremist websites (Karl Rove style). While I don’t necessarily feel that the Pleasanton Weekly should censor these types of posts, I don’t think these postings are constructive for our community and reflect only a small percentage of citizens who seem to thrive on fear and divisiveness. Any thoughts on this?