Our local mainstream media sites get some well-deserved crap over the cesspool they foster in their stories comments. But, did you know that TwinCities.com actually passes the torch to their commenters?
For example, a story from 2 weeks ago called “More Twin Cities Community banks in red” generates the following error:
It’s gone and you can’t even buy it from that page. If someone really really wanted to read this, they could go to the archive search and do their best to find it. If found, it can be purchased for $2.95.
However, one thing that isn’t buried is the story’s comments. While TwinCities.com removes their own content from public view, they keep the comments live:
TwinCities.com gets the conversation started, enables the trolls through poor moderation, then steps out of the conversation so late arrivals – expecting to see something of value – only see the trolls.
It’s like arriving late to a comedy show where the comedian has left the stage but the hecklers are still going strong and have turned on each other; all under TwinCities.com’s masthead.