Sunday, November 2, 2008

Modesto Bee a little sensitive about negative comments left on its web site

Newspapers are way too sensitive about criticism. Latest example: at the ModBee web site, somebody left a derogatory comment about the Bee and the comment got deleted. Within 2 hours.

Cheesy move, ModBee.

I have only deleted comments on my blog when there is profanity, not when somebody takes issue with what I've said or when somebody criticizes me.

Of course the ModBee owns their web site and they have the right to do what they want.

But deleting negative comments about the ModBee make the newspaper looks weak and defensive.

7 comments:

Dave D. said...

...Sure wish you'd raise your standards of deletion and remove the inane and nonsensical posts. I suppose their poster thinks them to be clever, but I find them to be irksome and frivolous. And, they drive out lucid commenters.
...As a sop to assuage any guilt of censureship, you could devise a place for them to go, say a silly posts file. I would put it at the bottom of the scroll down area, so folks could still access their comments, but the rest of us could ignore them easily.

McClatchy Watch said...

A "Silly posts file".

I'll have to give that one some thought.

Anonymous said...

Yo, it's spelled 'censorship.' And isn't that just what the MSM does all the time?

A silly posts file would certainly take care of most of this blog's content, anyhow.

McClatchy Watch said...

Funny how the anonymous at 7:41 dismisses the blog but he keeps coming back.

Anonymous said...

I have to dispute Mr. D. We conservatives are eminently capable of defending our ideas and discussing them. That's one of the flaws of the current-day movement -- the retreat from mainstream discourse. Because so many of us depend on canted news -- Fox News, Washington Times and various blogs -- we are often blindsided by reality. Same problem with HuffPost/MSNBC people.

We don't need affirmative action for our ideas. Engage. Don't retreat.

Anonymous said...

All I said was "that while they were reporting on this guy getting laid off in Sept. they were laying off 160 employees and that McClatchy was just adding fuel to the fire."

McClatchy keeps putting makeup on their black eye. How will they explain when the whole thing hits the fan and they start selling the building and open a news bureau?

(Hope this wasn't silly)

TheBronze said...

The SacBee(ess) used to do this to some extent too, but not so much anymore.