Daily Rhetricks

Daily Rhetrick: October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

Tom Huckin


My local newspaper has a reader-comment feature now run by some national corporation called The World Table. It monitors comments and bestows a running “score” on all commenters.

I just posted a message using a word that the current President of the United States was recorded saying. It’s a common term for a cat but also refers to part of the female human anatomy. The World Table monitor immediately censored it, sending me this message:

“Your comment has been deleted with penalty by a site administrator at The Salt Lake Tribune. The comment was deemed inappropriate and inconsistent with this site’s image. Your World Table score will be penalized accordingly.”

I see this as one more example of how those in power have special privileges denied to us mere citizens. So much for the Bill of Rights, in particular what used to be our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. So much for our so-called “democracy” !  (see my September 17 blog post on that topic)

2 thoughts on “Daily Rhetrick: October 16, 2018”

  1. Seriously? I thought they only did this in China. But then, we are becoming ever more like China. And whose side are the tech companies on? The side of money, not democracy.

  2. To be fair, the SLT can do whatever it wants on its own comment board. As long it is consistent and lays out the terms we agree to. That is freedom of the press.
    That it outsourced the comment section to what seems like a robot is a story, though. If I remember correctly when that story some news orgs bleeped that word, some didn’t, at least initially. FCC and “family newspapers” ethos and all that.
    And no newspaper in (*check Mormon map*) Utah is going to allow that word for its readers to see. I bet it didn’t publish it when the story on Trump broke.
    On your larger point, Trump “gets” to say it (and of course, grab ’em) not only because he is powerful, as he implied, but his supporters gave him cover. Democracy, the demos, and all that.

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