There have been some nasty reader comments on articles about Sean Taylor’s death, prompting these comments by Posties on the Post’s internal message system, obtained by FishbowlDC:
- why do we continue to embarrass ourselves w reader comments on things like the sean taylor stories? one typical exchange on wilbon’s article: To all the white people po … ”
- We are ABSOLUTELY embarrassing ourselves. And our readers know it. Here is a portion of an email I received this week: I am all for freedom of speech, but someone needs to moderate your comments section more carefully for hate speech. There are a number of people who post extremely hateful and rude comments, especially to other commentors. I do not enjoy being called names or receiving veiled threats just because my opinion differs from theirs. That is a common problem on the internet, but I do expect more from a publication like the Washington Post. Please do better to remove hateful and hurtful comments as soon as they are posted.
- sorry — didn’t at all realize we had let that stuff on line; thought Neely meant it was email feedback R
- the comments to the stories on the District’s tax scandal have also been very hateful. i had to stop reading them.