October 16, 2018
WELCOME TO THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH
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)