Running a Newspaper Follow Up
Last week I wrote about the deplorable off color reader comments that often follow stories in our two Denver newspapers. I said that since most blogs and forums are moderated to prevent personal and group attacks and insults, and to stay on topic, then major daily newspapers, (of all sites,) should be keeping a closer eye on their boards too.
Last night I read “Bed Bugs found in Boulder Housing Project“ in the Denver Post. This article was followed by four comments. Two of them questioned whether the bed bugs were brought here by Mexicans, and the other two urged the liberal populace of Boulder to bathe more frequently.
I flagged the worst of them and also posted this comment:
Uh – does anyone else find it despicable that these comments, based on an inane article about bed bugs, contain insulting and irrelevant derogatory slams on Hispanics and those who lean to the political left?
Why are the below comments even HERE if they have nothing to do with the content, and even worse refer to Hispanics in extremely crude and vile terms?
MODERATE THESE COMMENTS PLEASE
While the comments deriding hippies and liberals remain, the two comments disparaging Mexicans were removed. I should have copied them last night, but I guess you’ll have to trust me.
So thanks Denver Post staff for being reactive to my comment flagging! But I’d really would love more PROACTIVE behavior as well.