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Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

Comment moderation

Posted Friday, September 4, 2009, at 9:36 AM
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  • Dang.

    I missed that whole exchange.

    To those of y'all who saw it,was the point made worth upsetting folks (at least John),getting banned and,possibly,acquiring a reputation for insensitivity?

    I'd hope we were better than that even when we show our more negative aspects.

    I'm not that obsessed with political correctness but I can appreciate respect for culture.

    To John:

    Wado,unalii.

    ("Thank you,friend" in Tsalagi [Cherokee] )

    The First Peoples are no more tied to pidgin dialect than any other ethnic group.

    If anything,we've assimilated so thoroughly that we may have to learn the language of our ancestors as a foreign tongue.

    Since I didn't see what was said in context,I'll assume the "Injun" persona was adopted out of innocence and irony.

    I'd agree that the original comments were not the sin.

    The problem would come from an apparent disregard for whether the comments gave offense.

    I'd like to think I'd be wrong in inferring that the poster was callous and insulting.

    But,I appreciate John's going to the trouble to discuss the matter with the poster and try to avoid the distracting intrusion of offensive material into our online discussions.

    I enjoy clever dialog even when I disagree with the thoughts expressed.

    As for anything that smacks of willful disrespect...

    Me no likum.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 1:16 PM
  • I would hope people would not be so sensitive, but in today's time who knows?

    -- Posted by michaelbell on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 5:18 PM
  • quantumcat -

    I read the comments last night and they weren't bad. They actually appeared quite truthful and somewhat funny (about like your last statement). Although Mr. Carney claims it had nothing to do with the content it appears it did. To me it looks like he did not like Chiefs' pointing out of some obvious things.

    If Chiefs' comments needed banning then you would honestly have to say most every Western movie with native Americans in it would have to be banned. I guess Mr. Carney would have liked to ban John Wayne. Know whada mean pilgrim ?

    -- Posted by Blessed Assurance on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 5:24 PM
  • ROFL How Rich! Let me get this straight, when something offensive, untrue or defamatory was posted by another commenter against me in the t-g.com, You purposely left it there without regard. But when something "MIGHT" be offensive; there is a problem? Biased much?

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 8:19 PM
  • Maybe,folks just figure you're formidable enough to brush off anything put your way,EM. ;)

    Most of the verbal challenges are pretty harmless and even thought provoking and fun.

    But,one never knows when someone's going to take things too far and,at best,run off some readers who might otherwise take part in our exchanges.

    The moderators have to make sure we play nice and no one gets hurt.

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 11:40 PM
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