| A message from Teacherken entitled "Some comments from the editor-in-chief" is quite disturbing.
Here is the background: I recently wrote a diary discussing why I thought Brian Moran's "Fighter" argument was falling flat. In the context of doing so, I brought up some past indcidents involving controversial acts by the Moran campaign and its surrogates as it related to several people in the Virginia blogosphere. Two of those bloggers (but they were not the only incidents to which I was referring) were involved with an earlier iteration of BC.
My intent was, quite frankly, not to rahash these incidents, but rather to analyze why I think the Moran campaign is flailing about with this message. In the heat of a hard fought primary, however, that proved impossible, and another commenter and I exchanged a series of emails on the subject. It wasn;t the first time for us, and I doubt it will be the last.
|But now comes this edict from teacherken, the "editor-in-chief" here at Blue Commonwealth, which states:
No diary containing any mention [of these prior incidents] will be promoted, I may choose to exercise my editorial powers to edit out references to these events in the diaries, and/or to remove comments that refer to them.
Can this be serious?
Whether people like or not, these incidents occured. What could possibly have more bearing on a political race that the manner in which the candidates have conducted themselves. But now, a person who has taken the title "Editor-in- Chief" of a community blog has declared, unilaterally, that this topic is off limits and reserved for himself the right to edit discussion of this isssue out of people's diaries and down the memory hole?
I am blown away.
I am sympathetic to the situations and the feelings of the people involved, but how on earth do you defend censorship at a blog you claim is a community blog?
Promote whatever the Hell you want to promote -- that goes to the quality of the blog and it's all yours -- but once you start censoring diaries because you think an issue is played out or doesn't help Democrats, don't pretend this is a community blog.
Teacherken, if you want to have a blog that reflects your op[inions and your sensibilities, please do so. It's a free country. Make this that blog. But don't pretend it is something it is not. If it is a community blog, then you have no right to censor simply because you don't care for the content.