News Note: Tired of “uncivil dialogue” and hateful rants, the Las Vegas Review-Journal stops taking anonymous reader comments on its stories.
Oh, Shut Up!
“Commenting is a privilege that is too often abused, and turning off comment boards in no way violates readers’ First Amendment protection.
“The First Amendment protects us from, among other things, laws that abridge our freedom of speech. Nowhere does it require the media to provide you a platform for that speech, whether hateful or not.”
—The Editors, “Why we turned off our comment boards today,” The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jan. 23, 2015 Image: Louis Leopold Boilly, 1818
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