Every blogger can make up their own mind regarding which comments go live on their sites and which do not. It’s not a free speech issue. Yes it’s still interesting to track the bloggers’ comment moderation behavior to see what it reveals.
For example, I’ve pointed out the pathetic choices made by Andy Post and Ryan Lyk at Minnesota Democrats Exposed, where they let tasteless jokes and ad hominem attacks of other commenters fly on their site.
However, it’s even more interesting to track comments that go live on a blog, only to later disappear without explanation. In cases like this, the blogger(s) have made a clear editorial choice to remove a comment from their website.
Ryan Lyk and Andy Post at Minnesota Democrats Exposed recently created an interesting example of this. Two of my recent comments on their site went live when I wrote them, stayed live for a day, and were later removed without explanation. Considering the quality of the comments that they DO allow on their site, I must have said some pretty awful things in order to have my comments censored.
Below is a screenshot of the censored comments. The first comment from “Wade Seeker” provides some context for my comment. Notice next to my comments where it says “Your comment is awaiting moderation.“. This means that Post or Lyk flipped my comments from public to censored on their site. Now, only Post, Lyk, and I can see my censored comments. This link would take you directly to the first of my censored comments, if it were not censored.
Without further ado, here are the scandalous comments that Andy Post and/or Ryan Lyk decided to censor on Minnesota Democrats Exposed:
Yes, that’s it. That’s what Post and/or Lyk decided to censor. You may recognize much of that content from yesterday’s post here and on MinnPost. Why waste perfectly good political arguments?
What was it about those two comments that made them censor-worthy. If you have any theories, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
And, again, this is not a First Amendment case. Post and Lyk can create as much of a cesspool as they’d like within the comments of their blog. I’m simply pointing out examples of comments that are too hot for Ryan Lyk and Andy Post to handle on Minnesota Democrats Exposed.