Saturday, January 21, 2006

'Wash Post' Web Editor Explains

Editor and Publisher reports Jim Brady, executive editor of The Washington Post's Web site, who took down a popular reader blog Thursday after it overflowed with harsh messages about Ombudsman Deborah Howell, said the blog would likely return in the future. But, he said the Web site would have to find some better screening technology to filter out obscenities.

I don't think obscenities was the real problem.
"We got about 1,000 posts and at least 150 to 200 were using either profanity, hate speech or personal attacks," Brady said
Technically that is true, since they list three alternatives. The real truth is that 99% of them were personal attack by Left Wing Moonbats on Deborah Howell for daring to say that Abramoff money went to Democrats as well as Republicans. It does not matter that it is the truth. These Left Wing Moonbats are so desperate to blame everything on the Republicans that they hate anyone that says anything to detract from the story they want to be true.
about the responses to Howell's controversial column last Sunday, in which she stated that indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to both political parties, when most research shows he only gave directly to Republicans.
But much of the money he spread around were from Indian Tribes following instructions from Abramoff, and those orders included both Democrats and Republicans.
Brady said the comments forced his staff to spend hours time reviewing the responses and tossing out those that were unusable for the blog.
A good job for an intern.
"We don't allow profanity or name-calling and we need to figure out a way to keep it clean," he told E&P late Thursday. "It was a real burden.

"I don’t think there was much dialogue going and it is a little frustrating to be accused of not taking criticism when I think we did a good job of that," he said.

When Howell posted a follow-up note on the site today, saying she should have written that Abramoff "directed” money to both parties (in the Democrats' case, via Indian tribes), Brady said the responses to the blog returned at an even faster rate, with about 300 in a span of three to four hours. "We were taking a lot of them out again today, and it starts to wear on you,"
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. If you can't stand criticism, ....
Brady said without noting how many pf the posts were deemed unfit. "The feeling is that until we get a more effective way to manage it, we wanted to shut it down."

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