I personally recommend the lightest of touch on the delete button, especially when the topic is controversial like yesterday’s Times Picayune society pump of Fred and Jennifer Heebe of River Birch trash fame. You see, while staying with the Pollyanna in comments may make Freddie and the gang over at the mansion happy but it also makes it look as if the Times Picayune is covering for a crook:
The TP ran this story in spite of the Federal investigation concerning the Heebes, which would indicate that this mansion was bought with dirty money from dirty Jefferson Parish business deals. Each and every comment alluding to this was pulled down yesterday. Let’s see how early the “comment yanker” wakes up on Sundays. As you delete this comment, please feel the shame of glorifying people who are crooks and who, in due time, will be in the Federal penitentiary . . . at least one of them anyway.
Now I would never presume to tell anyone else what to write mainly because I don’t like it when someone presumes to tell me the subject matter that I should be writing about. For me, I’m only good writing on topics that interest me and to that extent, if contributing society pumper R. Stephanie Bruno wants to take the turd that is the Heebes and pretend it smells like lavender more power to her! That said, in order to maintain credibility with the reading public, ALL points of view (that do not cross into defamation, slander or libel) should be allowed in comments.
So suffice it to say I was immediately interested when I began getting emails from readers noting the comment deletions and indeed I took a snap shot of this story yesterday afternoon, evidently just before the cyber axe was wielded yet again by the comment moderator at the T-P.
I personally do not think the beat journalists at the T-P have an interest in covering for Freddie Heebe. I also do not think Stephanie Grace or James Gill are interested in running interference for the local landfill aristocracy. That said whoever is manning the controls at the T-P just made their jobs covering the JP beat harder (again).
You’re either a pumper or a basher bubba because there is nothing else on these boards. ~ Fortune 100 exec to Sop circa 2004.