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Posted: 1/10/2005 5:02:58 PM EDT
To the Editor:

As the administrator of the Web site Democratic Underground, I am perplexed as to why you would consider an obscure posting on a busy Internet discussion forum to be worthy of an article ("Myths Run Wild in Blog Tsunami Debate," news article, Jan. 3).

Your article did not make clear that the message in question was posted by a completely anonymous individual, whose identity and political agenda are impossible to determine. The article also did not mention that the posting appeared to be an innocent question from a person guilty of nothing more than ignorance. Indeed, the posting's title (which you did not mention) was "One more dumb question regarding the earthquake in Asia."

Our discussion forum is different from a traditional blog. We get approximately 25,000 messages posted each day, and we cannot possibly check them all for accuracy.

It is fairly common for right-wing Web sites to cherry-pick the most extreme or outlandish posts from our forum in order to paint all liberals as wacky or extreme. I was surprised to see The Times doing it, too.

David Allen (aka Skinner)
Washington, Jan. 5, 2005
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 5:05:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 5:06:12 PM EDT by Zaphod]

Originally Posted By CRC:
To the Editor:

As the administrator of the Web site Democratic Underground, I am perplexed as to why you would consider an obscure posting on a busy Internet discussion forum to be worthy of an article ("Myths Run Wild in Blog Tsunami Debate," news article, Jan. 3).

Your article did not make clear that the message in question was posted by a completely anonymous individual, whose identity and political agenda are impossible to determine. The article also did not mention that the posting appeared to be an innocent question from a person guilty of nothing more than ignorance, which is an extremely common thing at our site, come to think of it.... Indeed, the posting's title (which you did not mention) was "One more dumb question regarding the earthquake in Asia."

Our discussion forum is different from a traditional blog. We get approximately 25,000 messages posted each day, and we cannot possibly check them all for accuracy. We do, however, check them for any sense or logic. When we find some, we flush the post and tombstone the poster.

It is fairly common for right-wing Web sites to cherry-pick the most extreme or outlandish posts from our forum in order to paint all liberals as wacky or extreme. I was surprised to see The Times doing it, too.

David Allen (aka Skinner)
Washington, Jan. 5, 2005



Nit-picking?

Geez, man! 90% of the posts at that whackjob site are similar!
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 5:08:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2005 5:09:46 PM EDT by MillerSHO]
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 5:09:41 PM EDT
DU is nuts, but he's right in that they're not really a "blog".

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 5:21:55 PM EDT

Your article did not make clear that the message in question was posted by a completely anonymous individual, whose identity and political agenda are impossible to determine.


On DU?



You know Goddamned well what the political agenda of people that post on your site is you lying asshole because everyone that disagrees with your leftist/socialist view of the world is banned and their posts deleted like clockwork.

Lying fucktard.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 5:25:54 PM EDT
he cannot sift through the 25k posts, yet they instantly pick up on troll posts and they are deleted instantly if they do not confrom to their bullshit logic......i say that post is exactly what they wanted since it was not deleted
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:45:28 PM EDT
i call this essentially a dupe

www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=310430
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 6:46:43 PM EDT
Na.  It's a follow-on.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 7:10:34 PM EDT
Hahaha this is priceless.

Link Posted: 1/11/2005 8:14:00 PM EDT
DU= Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa­aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags!
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 8:21:14 PM EDT

Your article did not make clear that the message in question was posted by a completely anonymous individual, whose identity and political agenda are impossible to determine.



HAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!

That line just made me laugh so damn hard!!!  Just think about the censorship over there... the only ones who get to speak without being banned or deleted are those who's political believes and agendas match that of the board admins and fellow cooks.  

SUCH a hypocritical remark.  

I hope that jerk sees this post.  Yes.  You.  Mr. DU Admin.  You are a hypocrite.  Your site is a hypocrisy.   I laugh at thee.  
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 8:24:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

Your article did not make clear that the message in question was posted by a completely anonymous individual, whose identity and political agenda are impossible to determine.


On DU?



You know Goddamned well what the political agenda of people that post on your site is you lying asshole because everyone that disagrees with your leftist/socialist view of the world is banned and their posts deleted like clockwork.

Lying fucktard.



+1

How many..."I was banned after ONE post" threads have we had HERE? lol
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