As I write this, we've gotten more than 230 story comments on the Tyson / Eid al-Fitr story. That doesn't count the comments I've had to delete because of profanity, ethnic slurs or what have you.
It's my estimation that the first 80 or 100 comments were mostly local and that the comments since that time have been mostly (but not entirely) from out of town, since various blogs and web sites started linking to the story.
We've also gotten a large number of messages from people who clicked the "send editor comment" link, which sends an e-mail to a couple of contacts within the newsroom. This feature is intended for reader feedback more than for political opinions, and when people send us political comments using this feature we're never quite sure what to do with them, especially if they are sent anonymously and there's no way for us to respond.
Anyway, here's an excerpt from one of those "send editor comment" messages:
I will never buy another Tyson product and if I subscribed to your publication I would cancel it post haste.
I don't quite understand what the reference to "your publication" is all about. Do they think that, because we reported the story, we had any role in making the decision? The message was left anonymously, so we have no way of clarifying the situation.
It wouldn't be the first time a reader got confused and blamed us for a situation that we were only reporting.