The Left’s War on Comment Sections

The internet was born open but is becoming closed everywhere. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the rush to shutter readers’ comments sections at major news organisations. Cheered on by intolerant, snobbish cultural elites, news organisations from The Verge to The Daily Beast have, in recent months, informed their readers to take their opinions elsewhere.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    They do this because they are being out-debated and out-thought in their own comments section.
    They fear us because we are hurting them.

    • Exile1981

      It’s not hard to out debate a liberal. They don’t know how to debate they just throw out attacks and made up accusations to try and shut down any thing they don’t like.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I had to take the ‘or flight’ option at work the other day.
        My favourite socialist at work said that he was happy that the Liberals had finally allowed homosexuals to donate blood.
        And how that was so much better now that the Conservatives could no longer deny them gays the right to do so.
        I said Fuck Off and told them they were so appallingly ignorant and bigoted, that there was a reason things were the way thing were and that it was not Conservatives who instituted that rule in the first place.
        I told them they could not attribute everything that was wrong in the world to their favourite bogeyman and that arguing by process of repeating untruths in a progressively louder voice while I was trying to speak was not a valid form of debate.
        So, I left.

    • No, easy to use, comment section – good by. You have something to hide.

  • Zaba

    I experience this daily at npr.org

    • Masochist 🙂

      • Xavier

        Hey! That’s my line!

      • Zaba

        Some reward at countering a handful of hidden’ muzlims.
        We’re spreading the word!

  • Denis

    they cannot stand the truth and are uncomfortable being exposed!

  • Martin B

    So they tell their readers to take their opinions elsewhere, but they expect those same readers to keep giving them their time and money.

    I say carry on dumping comments, anything that lowers the readership & revenue of major news organizations is a good thing.

  • Solo712

    Daily Beast is David Frum’s brain child and he is hardly ‘Left’.

    • The Butterfly

      I’m a butterfly.

    • Alain

      Neither is he on the Right.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      David Frum is left, he’s just not the insane left, but he is most certainly left.

      • Clink9

        Just like his mommy.

  • The Butterfly

    They don’t like being called out on their lies.

  • Dana Garcia

    The San Francisco Chronicle used to have a sneaky trick that they used on me: they disappeared my comments from general readership but they appeared on my computer like everything was normal. I figured it out when suddenly nobody was responding to my fact-based comments. Liberal media are scum.

    • Yes, I’ve had this happen too.

    • Hard Little Machine

      Shadow ban. Salon does that. So does Fark.com.

  • Yeah, I always conscious that we are currently enjoying a freedom that may well be denied us sometime soon. The Internet will probably be muzzled – it is too dangerous for the ruling classes and mainstream media narratives. These people want total control. Time is running out for freedom lovers, unless we luck out.

    • Jay Currie

      We have to do better than to “luck out”. Keeping outfits like BCF alive is making our own luck.

      • Yes, of course – but outfits like BCF, G-d bless ’em, are threatened by powerful interests.

  • I think I’m still banned from commenting at ABC (I can’t be bothered to check. It was a couple of years ago, the one and only time I ever left a comment there).

    Some woman named “Cynda” (“Sinda”?) called Laura Bush a murderer in exactly those terms, because of that car-crash she was involved in as a teenager. I pointed out that if her parents had wanted her to have opinions they wouldn’t have named her “Cinda”. So that’s beyond the pale, but slandering people as murderers is a-okay, according to some pimply social justice warrior mod.

    Eh. These people suck.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I was banned from Breitbart for a similar infraction. Ridiculous, really. I recall that poor chap who had to resign his position for correcting using the word “niggardly” in a discussion about budgeting priorities.

      Stupid cannot be fixed. Moderation is always a form of stupid censorship. It is censorship by definition, and implemented with a level of stupidity directly related to the salaried human moderators doing the job.

      • Quite – moderation is censorship, and the power is in the hands of people of limited scope who do not necessarily understand all that is being said, but are guided by peer group conventions (i.e. PC).

        • Justin St.Denis

          And with the MSM, you ca be sure those conventions are enforced with an iron fist.

      • Eh, “censorship”. It’s sort of the difference between being told you can’t piss in your own pool vs. you can’t piss in someone else’s.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    I would hardly describe myself as socialist since I support fiscal responsibility done in a nationalist way. Labeling everything left wing is kind of disingenuous especially since even people on the libertarian right tend to be non-interventionist and disagree against wars. I disagree against wars and I am part of a broad church party namely the Canadian Action party. My second membership is with the Progressive Canadian party, a centre-right party. Therefore, the premise of this article is wrong on so many levels. The same with the failed War on Terror. I fail to see where this story is right to tell you the honest truth. The reason why neoconservatism is losing now in North America has to do with the fact that people are war-weary and due to George W. Bush’s economic failures when he left office. I am not saying Obama is better, but the US is a failed state due to their 250 trillion amassed since the US went on the Fed and went off the Gold Standard in 1971. People can go on whatever comment sections they want to express their points of view. Frankly, the right likes to talk about freedom of speech but they are the angriest of them all. They are keyboard warriors in their fury. I have a leg to stand on much like the minor party supporters that come on message boards. We just want change yet no one meaningful is serving us. Not everyone is a left wing because that is just generalizing and painting with a broad brush. It in fact makes people that come up with such stories look stupid! You could say it also makes people look conspiratorial, something right wingers like to distance themselves from. I say right wingers on centre-right people who are much more moderate and open-minded.

    • Billy Bob Thornton

      not centre-right people*

      • David

        Whats your stand on Israel?

        • Billy Bob Thornton

          I want a non-interventionist foreign policy meaning where we try to have diplomacy. We can support nations but I would never be anti-nationalist meaning globalist and support large wars unless we are threatened. The point of nationalism is to support national sovereignty and support your national resources over everything and not sell out the nation to foreign countries. I support a two state solution since that is what the UN stated when they gave Israel a nation. They were supposed to promise right of return, compensation and they promised to protect the shrines and be peaceful to their neighbours. It seems to me that many of those factors have not been honoured. Of course, I believe the two state solution is not possible and quite frankly it is the governments of Israel that are to blame and not the people. The people are not representative of the government of Israel. I have nothing against the American people for years of war either. That is the honest truth because the average person does not want conflict but governments seem to decide for the nation as a whole without referendums or choices.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    They only hurt themselves when they stifle comments. Our opinions don’t go away just because these idiots would stifle them.

  • kkruger71

    I’m actually not that bothered by most comment sections being closed, though I do feel it is cowardly. The reason being is it has really stopped even being a bad debate and moved into a realm of tic-tac-toe. Left wing activists online have, over the course of the last few years, really developed a system of being able to basically clog them up by repetition of posts, red herrings, derailing, link dumping, general trolling, etc, so much so that by the time you get past them the discussion is already dead. Unless it is a place like here, where pretty much everyone is of a similar mindset and there is an active administration that curtails those that attempt to pollute the waters, online news discussion has become pretty much useless.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      There is no substitute for effective moderation.
      If none of those sites can manage even that, why they hell should I trust what they say?

      • Justin St.Denis

        Unfortunately, “effective moderation” always ends up being censorship of some kind – be it of the progressive or conservative variety. Both are odious.

        • El Martyachi

          It’s not effective enough sometimes.

  • Hard Little Machine

    In truth they all banned anyone who disagrees with them in the slightest a long time ago. They don’t want to pay anyone to babysit what’s left. But they should look at it as an opportunity to charge people to comment. That way only the True Believers will say what True Believers always say.

  • DMB

    The left makes their decisions based on emotions while the right bases it on facts. When a fact conflicts with a leftist emotion in a negative way they will get hurt feelings and their first instinct is to block comments that contradict their opinions.

  • canminuteman

    Any web site that does not allow comments will have zero traffic. The reason that my favourite web sites are this one and SDA are the really good comment sections. The web is great because it is interactive. Take that away and there is no point showing up.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They can’t go back to being the gatekeepers they still think they should be.

  • john700

    Toronto Sun has eliminated comments and National Post switched from disqus to facebook. Likely, it is happenning all over.
    These comment sections were one of the few places where people were able to post anonymous politically-incorrect comments and opinions. Why anonymous? Because in Canada, you might end up in court for expressing your opinion. The good part of it is this: if people no longer have a way to express their anger and frustration, they might decide to take it to the streets.