The Hill Attracts Raunchy Commenters

On Wednesday The Hill ran a story by Josiah Ryan regard House Democrat Rush Holt (N.J.) and federal spending levels. All pretty standard fare for a Capitol Hill publication. But the initial commentary that came after from readers? That was all about President Obama having gay sex and snorting Coke. Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson noticed and said The Hill may want to take those comments down. “Note to The Hill, you might want to get rid of the spammy first comment here, but it made me really laugh,” he wrote Thursday.

Alas, they didn’t entirely take his advice. The lewd commenter who claims to be “100 percent true” is still there. But “Honest Abe’s” comments on Obama’s alleged cocaine use have been pulled.

The Hill is in the process of changing it’s commenting system. Editor-in-chief Hugo Gurdon tells FishbowlDC, “We have been testing a new comment system for a few weeks on the Washington Scene and we’ll be introducing it to our main site in the next couple of weeks. Up until now, comment boards have been entirely open access and this has led to some problems. We sometimes do feel the need to take down comments that are offensive and the new system will alert us to those more efficiently. We want our comment boards to be open forums for debate, but obviously there need to be limits.”