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Has anyone noticed Huffington Post's bizarre handling of readers' comments? This morning I posted, or tried to post, a comment to an article about a Fox News commentator's comments that the teen-aged rape victim in Missouri was responsible for her own rape. My comment was this: "No one deserves to be raped, whether a naughty teen-ager, Sarah Palin, or a prison inmate. Our culture's rape fantasies must stop." HuffPo refused to post it.

Was it wrong to use the word "naughty"? True, the girl in question had snuck out after hours and consumed alcohol, but my point was even if that was true, no one "deserves" to be raped. I included Sarah Palin because during the 2008 campaign, an entertainer stated that she wished a group of black men would rape Ms. Palin. Although I find Ms. Palin, her statements, and her policies reprehensible and stupid, I don't think she deserves to be raped. The same for prison inmates. What is so wrong with this comment on a site where you can find hundreds of comments using such terms as "lib-tard" and the f-word and where President Obama is referred to by all manner of racially charged epithets?

The next rejected comment was to an article about a magazine cover depicting Ted Cruz as the Mad-Hatter. My comment was: "I like tea. I like tea parties. Hell, I even have 36 recipes for cucumber sandwiches. I am tired of these conservative d-bags appropriating the name of something joyous and innocent to push their insane policies. I think their name should be changed to the enema party."

I thought the use of "d-bags" was a rather amusing play on "tea bags" and "the enema party" pointed to a more accurate result of the party than tea did. I think by Saturday Night Live standards that it's pretty innocent. Heck, some congressman even referred to the attempt to repeal Obamacare as the "Republican wet dream" right on the House floor (the statement, not the wet dream).

I apologize if any of this offends, but it's getting very hard to figure our what is appropriate anymore and I would like to hear folks' opinions. I'm going to shut myself in this weekend with Garry Wills, Sibelius, a new packet of Margaret's Hope darjeeling, and a diet high in fiber, because if  I can't be normal, at least I can be regular.

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  •  It's bizarre. (4+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, chantedor, MadRuth, kerplunk

    I've been notified that so many people have liked comments on there, that I don't even remember, only to find that the comment had been flagged (by some teabagger no doubt) and removed. Now, I'm probably not the most saccharine poster ever, but I wonder what I posted that was so offensive.

    Governments care only as much as their citizens force them to care. Nothing changes unless we change -- George Monbiot.

    by Nulwee on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:24:23 AM PDT

  •  That's why I gave up on HP years ago. (6+ / 0-)

    I find I don't miss it in the least.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:28:40 AM PDT

    •  Totally cold turkey for years, Daily Beast too (3+ / 0-)
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      kerplunk, psnyder, KayCeSF

      Beast pissed me off during 2008, never went back and I have been Drudge-free for about 8 years

      "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

      by merrywidow on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:11:07 AM PDT

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    •  The Puffington Host Is A Cartoonish Version Of (3+ / 0-)
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      its former self.

      I removed The Puff from my favorites.

      Those "Newsy" videos are the worst.  Are those Puff produced or someone else?  The girl announcers on those are retro valley girls, you can feel the air leaving their head through their mouth as they yammer, they speak for 5 seconds and you get to watch a 30 second advertisement before and after.

      Only so many articles titled "10 Things Your Vagina Can Do At A Cocktail Party" before one has to say I feel dumb having visited this site, there is nothing here that furthers anyones knowledge in any way.

      "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

      by kerplunk on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:51:34 AM PDT

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  •  I got banned from HP years ago (3+ / 0-)
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    socal altvibe, kickbass, kerplunk

    its comment section moderation is idiotic

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:31:09 AM PDT

    •  I've many comments that never made it (0+ / 0-)

      past the moderators. But then I was reminding people about Arianna op-ed columns written for the Washington Times....her repeated a-factual trashing Al Gore in '99-'00 and that she shouldn't be considered trustworthy or credible.

      She helped get Shrub get elected. She was trashing Hillary at the time, buying into the Van Natta/Gerth tall tales in Her Way.

  •  Stopped visiting years ago. (1+ / 0-)
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    On occasion, I still get a link through article, but overall, it's now a waste of space.

    Their commenting section rules change with the winds.

    Not interested.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:37:15 AM PDT

  •  No matter how inoffensive I make something (1+ / 0-)
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    or how many tricks I use to disguise my criticism (like using s p a c e s in between words or p.e.r.i.o.d.s. or other typing tricks), I rarely make the it through the censors. And, for the love of pete, don't mention that Huffpo uses censors!! They hate for that to get out!!

    I wonder what Markos thought when he started this blog? Sure, come for the politics, but stay for the friendship and cat pics!

    by The Pollster on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:41:29 AM PDT

  •  Give up on HuffPo Comment Moderation (1+ / 0-)
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    HuffPo recently ran a tabloid quality article on a poor porn star whose penise was broken. Seriously. I am not making this up.

    I posted a comment trying to report on recent research on sexual attitudes among young people, and how it is finding that their understanding of sexual relations is being damaged and distorted by the prevalence of Internet porn, most of which follows the same patterns of multiple, acrobatic positions, usually ending an a position that exposes the woman for the benefit of the camera and the viewer, not for the comfort or pleasure of the participants.

    Bottom lines, making love in a mutually satisfactory relationship is NOT what pron industry is all about.

    The comment, pretty much as stated above, did not make it through.

    In an article about a porn start who broke his penis.

    Seriously. How can anyone take HuffPo and their comments moderation seriously anymore??

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:49:04 AM PDT

  •  7 reasons why sideboob is teh awesome (0+ / 0-)

    That is the only thing Huff Po is good at.

    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 11:11:45 AM PDT

  •  There is no rhyme or reason over there (0+ / 0-)

    I think the problem is their absurd use of "community moderators" who apparently "moderate" based on their ideology and not on any set of rules. Either way it's bullshit and can be an exercise in frustration. From time to time my comments are removed though I've broken none of their stated policies. I've even been placed in a category where everything I say gets moderated. M'eh...who cares? There are a few bright people over there but I think the average IQ of HuffPo's commentators is about 20-30 points lower than the average DKos IQ.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 03:18:15 PM PDT

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