L I N K This morning myself and several others posted comments to the link thread on the Standard Freeholder. All comments have been deleted. That’s a black eye and frankly if the paper is going to do that then they probably shouldn’t have a comment option period. This isn’t China.
I had a lot of discussion today about whether to run this or not. I like the Free Holder. I respect their history and place in the community.
New Technology, new times. Perhaps management of the venerable institution haven’t embraced the new age of online journalism yet?
On their website stories are shown with the option for readers to leave comments such as this ONE. There are a number of people, and that number’s growing; who participate by leaving comments. Some good; some ntot as good; some crossing a line or two, but it’s all very real. Sometimes people challenge or correct a story even.
Thanks to Google and other search engines stories and comments are now windows to the world. We in a way have an obligation to not censor people the way they do in China and Russia.
This weekend the Free Holder has capped coverage of the Seaway International Bridge closure and seizing of vehicles by the CBSA which in a way funnels the news towards what is reported or quoted.
I have to tell you when you get used to reading comments, they are many times more read and more fun than the stories. Journalists have to adhere to rules that people like me don’t and generally can’t add opinion or comment the way I can.
That being said the “Free” in The Cornwall Free News is about exchange of information. As long as what you type isn’t abusive or risks us getting sued we will allow it on our site. We won’t restart stories to hide comments or other such machinations.
Sometimes the truth is ugly. 🙂
Jamie Gilcig – Editor