•This morning, a racist, inflammatory statement by “Moonbat” related to global warming appeared on Russ Steele’s blog. It used every imaginable slur. I have a copy of it. But then the comment disappeared, without explanation. It prompted me to ask Russ about his moderation polity, but he declined. All day long, people named “Sean,” “Glen” and “John S.” post on Russ Steele’s blog, without him asking them for a full name.
•Last night, Barry Pruett posted a photo of the supervisors posing on his blog, without crediting Eve Diamond of the county, who snapped the photo. It is a standard editorial practice to credit a photographer (as I did in this instance). Some outlets, such as the AP, consider it a copyright violation.
I asked Barry about this and he responded: “Government documents are exempt.”
•Todd Juvinall’s blog “Sierra Dragon Breathe” (sic) reads “Real name required: Thank you” but he lets “Woodsy 2.1″ post without asking him to disclose his full name.
This comes as the hard right political blogs are growing in numbers.
The defensive responses and non-responses here mirror what’s going on in our nation and community when it comes to violent rhetoric — people refusing to accept standards. It’s become a national epidemic.
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