Great post, Fenster.
As commenter Patrick H. points out, some news sites indeed take the step of closing articles to comments, when they wish to push a particular POV that they know is unpopular, which will be ridiculed in the comments section if comments are permitted; or if they’re reporting on crime from a particular group, and don’t want to have people discuss the relationship with immigration and/or race/ethnicity.
Boston Globe sports columnist Christopher L. Gasper weighs in on the public debate in the media over the Washington Redskins’ name.
Well, that’s not completely accurate. There is little to no public debate in the media about the issue. From the mainstream media’s point of view it is game set match. Over. Matter of time. This will not stand. Snyder can’t hold out. Period. End of story. Scoot!
OK, the name change hasn’t happened yet but it’s only a matter of time because . . . because . . . because, I suppose, history shows that once the media descends on a bone like this it usually does not back off until its objective has been achieved. And after all, the best predictor of future activity is past activity. So it is ever so tempting for one after another columnist or reporter to pile on in connection with…
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