DER SCHEIB, CENSORED AGAIN! - The Slow Death of The Coloradoan Comments Section...

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Almost a week into the Fort Collins Coloradoan's change to Facebook only postings, and as predicted by many commentators, the Comments section is almost dead. Just look at this screen grab, and pay attention to the health-care story.

Screen grab of comments section, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Nov. 25, 2011
Normally, that story would have been very active (it's early, we'll see). The counts speak for themselves. So apparently the disconnect between the new management staff at the Coloradoan and the readers is very real. Hate to say it, but the readers told you so right? Maybe that's what management actually wants though, to kill the comments board, as it's not far enough to the right, or so many people believe.

Hey, I'm plenty willing to post under my real name, but not through Facebook is all.

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So much for Civility via Facebook

So when the Coloradoan changed the posting requirements, the idea was to "increase civility in the conversation" right. That shit doesn't work, folks. Check out this exchange related to the homeless individual being shot by Fort Collins Police:

 James Gilbert: you're calling this human being "one of the most freakish creatures I've encountered," and you're glad he got shot? This is an unfortunate event, not good news you brat. you must be a sad, sad man, or a sociopath (note: This was in replying to a previous comment).

Amy Vue · Colorado State: James Gilbert is the type of guy who hates cops but whines when a criminal breaks into his house and cops aren't there in 20 seconds. Obviously he's never dealt with a felon. If he has, he thinks felons will have the same rights as non-criminals. Any response he has will deal with excessive force, racial profiling, government under sight, officer training, etc. Just because somebody has a psychiatric problem doesn't make it ok. This guy will get the help he needs in prison/jail.

Amy, when the Coloradoan reports that the man was armed with a firearm and they found it, THEN IT WILL BE A GOOD SHOOT. But apparently ad homenim attacks are still the rule of the day at the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Maybe Amy is the type of female that can't defend herself, isn't interested in learning how, and doesn't own a firearm and therefore anything that the police do is fine, because Amy lives in fear. It's also very interesting that out of all of the Facebook posts on that page, a whole of what, five, hers is the only one without a Facebook link. Why do you live in fear, Amy? Are you perpetrating? People like you also seem to forget the guy who had two service firearms emptied into him. His dangerous weapon that necessitated his execution: A fucking flashlight!

The point of the comment is that the Coloradoan management is full of shit if they say that Facebook somehow magically creates civil conversation. The whole purpose was out people or silence them. Who do they think they are kidding…

James Gilbert
you're calling this human being "one of the most freakish creatures I've encountered," and you're glad he got shot? This is an unfortunate event, not good news you brat. you must be a sad, sad man, or a sociopathJames Gilbert
you're calling this human being "one of the most freakish creatures I've encountered," and you're glad he got shot? This is an unfortunate event, not good news you brat. you must be a sad, sad man, or a sociopath

CatWhisperer
Fort Collins, CO, USA

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