Sunday, February 1, 2015

THE TIMES LEADER SLIPS DEEPER IN THE MUCK


  George Spohr is executive editor of the Times Leader. He can be reached at gspohr@civitasmedia.com. He has ultimate controls of the Comments section at thr Times Leader.

 Do the following make sense to you legally or even as common sense?

- Libel is allowed on the TL comment site. You can say someone fondled babies or knocked Grandma out. It is all good.

- Posting under someone else's name is allowed.

-  Posting under someone else's name AND libeling someone else is allowed.

- Someone actually falsely posted as Leighton (w pic) and wrote a recommendation for a candidate that Leighton (presumably) did not favor.

- One comment poster has 9 aliases that we know of.


FREE SPEECH? 

Below id the fake post of Thomas Leighton. Not only did the imposter use his name... but they used his picture. This is an outrage. We do not know who the poster is... but the Times Leader is opening up a "can't miss" political campaign... just hi-jack the profiles of anyone and write your own message. The TL calls this "free speech."



TL Editor George Spoher made this outrageous statement: “The same goes for users and usernames. Over the past few days alone, we’ve had multiple requests from readers asking us to ban users who were either impersonating or stalking other users. We couldn’t help them.”

No... no... no   you CHOSE NOT TO HELP HIM (in this case Leighton)

YOU HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL OVER THE WHOLE SYSTEM. Don't pretend that you don't.

On Sunday night someone hi-jacked Ted M's identity and hurled an insult against one of Ted's (the real Ted) friends.

This is the TL Policy. Decide for your self if it is fair or even if it is legal.
1) Ted would have to find the post in question. This is he was at work or asleep. 
2)  Ted would have to flag the comment
3) Ted would have to find two other friends to flag it.
and...
Ted would have to do this for every comment

The victim has to align his life around putting out fires that a perpetrator sets. THIS IS INSANITY.

Times Leader editor George Spoher said, “Some of those 
comments are lies. Some are vulgar. Some are offensive.
And all, unfortunately, are fair game.

A LAW SUIT IS ALSO FAIR GAME AND YOUR WORDS 
WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU.


What is printed in the Times Leader?

News articles   Sources are checked. Stories are vetted

Editorials         These are vetted.

Letters to Editor   These are vetted.

Public Comments   No due diligence whatsoever