Thursday, November 27, 2008

I've Been Banned

No, I haven't been banned by Fred Dooley. Almost everyone else has, but I haven't. Not yet anyway.

But I have been banned by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They must be scared of me or something. I don't know why...

And the funny thing is, the only time I can ever remember leaving a comment anywhere on any of their sites, was on a dare from Elliot Stearns.


  1. Big deal I've been censored so many times by The Capitol Times in Madison. For some reason they don't like it when you point out that some of their news articles are more like editorial pieces.
    Welcome to the club.

  2. Dan, have you been censored or have your letters not been accepted? Big difference.

    Newspapers are under no legal obligation to print anybody's letter.

  3. I am talking about their web site and comment section.

  4. I'm wondering if the comment section of an on-line newspaper does not have the same rules apply. They (like our friend, Fred Dooley) are under no obligation to allow your comments to continue to see the light of day, or to even allow you to comment in the first place.

    We may complain mightily about Fred's willingness to ban any comments unfavorable to him, but when it really comes down to it, it is his blog, as much as the website is the property of the Capitol Times. It's not censorship, it's ownership.

    Finally -- tone, language, punctuation (i.e. time required to fix the grammar) also help sway those who make publication decisions.

  5. I'm shocked I haven't been banned anywhere yet.

  6. I've only been banned at Freddy's. I'm sad -- I've tried to get banned at good blogs, but only Fred retaliated.

  7. Don't get any ideas, Elliot.

    What is really ironic is that Paddy and Charlie, two of the most well-known faces for Journal Broadcasting Company, are always lamenting about how they feel their right to free speech is being threatened.