Online comments on news stories: a problem for everyone
Syrian refugee stories on news sites are prompting some backlash in the comments section of some websites
By Bal Brach, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2016 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 10, 2016 8:11 AM PT
I can remember the same thing happening re the Omar Khadr release from Guantanamo..same ugly racist slander, same suppositions of already-disproved guilt, same nasty rhetoric..most often from HarperCon types..they are happily out of power, but that doesn’t stop their bitter and twisted supporters from Harping on and on about anyone of any sort other than old white male Protestants, preferably wealthy and rightwing…
It’s difficult to rationalize supporting these bigoted yahoos, but support them we must…if freedom of speech is to mean anything at all..there have been many shouts of hate speech, hate mail, and hate crimes lately..whether we agree or not, it is a good thing that authorities are reticent about apply these labels to anything and everything, because if they did, we could be next…I rarely get moderated on any news site, but when I do, it is usually because I let my anger get out of hand, and, as frustrating as it can be, it is justified most of the time.
Whenever anyone anywhere calls for strictures on the freedom of the press/speech, and yes, for good or bad, that includes the comments sections, we must look upon these calls with great care …for the application of censorship is a slippery slope that we could all be sliding down someday.