What’s Said in Vegas …

by Dan Ward

Kudos to the Las Vegas Review-Journal for making the courageous decision to shut down its comment boards, albeit “temporarily.”

As we’ve mentioned on this blog before, comment boards are the “sewer of the Internet,” often allowing the worst of humanity to post vitriol while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.  While it would be nice to assume newspaper readers would use comment boards to engage in civic debate about important issues, those boards are too often hijacked by racist, misogynistic Neanderthals who are anything but civil.

The Review-Journal rightly points out that “nowhere does the First Amendment require the media to provide a platform for your speech.”

My guess is that this particular platform will not be missed.

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