PW is the worst kind of PC - Censorship is alive and well at PW
Original post made by Dan Doerr on Nov 23, 2009
Posted by Emily West, Pleasanton Weekly reporter, on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:57 am
Emily West is a member (registered user) of Pleasanton Weekly
These comments have run their course. Thanks for posting.
There are strings here that date several months. Why does PW lock this thread after 5 days? This is supposed to be a newspaper site. Free speech! Open discourse! Opposing points of view.
You already censor out what you find to be objectionable, without giving readers an opportunity to view the comments after having been warned that they too might find them objectionable.
Now you squash comments because "the comments have run their course"??? In fact the latest comment was posted only a couple of hours before you locked the thread.
Nearly every other thread on this site is still open essentially forever. When the comments have truly run their course the comments just stop. It is easy to see when noone cares any more. Why is this one different?
You know why, and so do we.
Yet, this is exactly what we should be discussing in an open manner. Many of the Fort Hood Shooter's former collegues from Walter Reed have been quoted as saying that the red flags were there, and they would have reported them, but they didn't want to appear to be discriminating against a Muslim.
Now our governement is spending beacoup bucks investigating just exaactly why none of the warning signals were heeded and people had to die.
What do you think those investigators would do upon hearing the facts of this incident? Censor discussion?
Oh, sorry for asking this question. Emily doesn't want it asked, let alone answered here. After all, this is the PW.
Shame on you Emily. And shame on your management for allowing you to do this and not firing you for it.
on Nov 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm
jimf01 is a registered user.
Take it easy on Emily, the thread was locked after 7 days, not 5, and there is another thread still open on the same exact topic.
The PW editors appear to not want to have to police multiple threads for the inflammatory stuff people post here anonymously.
In addition, users are allowed to post new threads on the same story, so censorship is hardly a term you can use to describe the thread locking and comment deleting that occurs here.
Granted, I think in forums on many news sites, PC does come into effect, i.e. commenters can get away with saying things about one religious group or politician that would be deleted if it were said about a different religion or politician, but that reflects California culture and America in general.
on Nov 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm
Sorry You are right. It was 7 days especially if you count from midnight till 11:00 am as a day.
Doesn't change the fact that the reason given is total BS and it shouldn't have been locked at all. Previous comment was only a couple of hours previous.
And the other thread - also locked. Just not with the dishonesty in Emily's post that the "comments had run their course"
on Nov 23, 2009 at 4:12 pm
Did Emily hurt your feelings hurt dd?