Powers-That-Be Really Happy About PennLive’s Censorship of Comments
PennLive’s comments section was huge, with participation from all over the state — and now it has been shut down because it was becoming a catalyst for the growing racial and political awakening of White Americans. Pennlive is owned by a Jewish newspaper syndicate, Advance Publications. Meanwhile, NV just achieved its second 3-million-page-view month in a row.
HARRISBURG’S biggest newspaper, the Patriot/PennLive, has decided to suspend comments.
The U.S. Attorney, Dave Freed (Republican), and the Mayor of Harrisburg, PA Eric Papenfuse, have weighed in to congratulate the paper. [I applaud PA Media for ending open comments that provided a platform for incivility and mean-spiritness [sic], by Mayor Eric Papenfuse, pennlive.com, January 29, 2020]
Yes, comments leave much to be desired. They are digital graffiti.
But expenditure of labor resources isn’t the issue.
Censorship on issues of race is.
Example: A story will recount that in the city of Harrisburg, a youth shot another youth. Race won’t be mentioned, but commenters will say things like, “gee, wonder what the race was?”
And it’s pretty obvious the commenter doesn’t wonder “what the race was.”
It’s been said that the 2016 election was the story versus the comments section.
The comments section won.
The MSM has learned its lesson and is moving to consolidate power.
I Applaud PA Media for Ending Open Comments that Provided a Platform for Incivility and Mean-Spiritness — Mayor Eric Papenfuse
I applaud the PA Media Group for making the courageous decision to end open commenting on articles on its Pennlive website.
In an age of increasingly fractured political discourse, this bold decision reaffirms the fundamental civic belief that freedom of expression should lead to tolerance and cooperation, not division.
I ran for office on a platform of “Together We Can,” but, to a large extent, the explosion of social media and the polarization of news sources has made it harder to promote the dialogue and respect necessary for our democracy to thrive. At its worst, Pennlive’s comments section exacerbated these rifts.
I witnessed it foster mistrust, deepen divides and spread misinformation in ways that counteracted and overshadowed the excellent reporting that might otherwise have enlightened and informed readers. In a much-publicized 2016 debate with PA Media Group leadership, I told the Columbia Journalism Review I was simply “ahead of the curve in standing up” against Penn Live’s anonymous and divisive comments section.
Now, nearly four years later, I am grateful to find that same leadership finally agrees that the “incivility and mean-spiritedness“ of the online comments section is simply not conducive to “building constructive conversations.“ Such a sea-change in sentiment inspires hope for our region by elevating and safeguarding the fundamental values we share.
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Source: VDARE and National Vanguard correspondents