Ted Vaden is a professional journalist whose decades of devoted service to the Raleigh News & Observer were rewarded when he was made Public Editor.
Lately Vaden’s been using his Sunday column to campaign for a ban on anonymous comments at N&O blogs, including his.
Vaden says if Anon comments are banned, that will improve the “tone” of the N&O blogs.
Many readers believe he’s just trying to stifle exposure of his many failures as Public Editor. For example, Vaden’s never criticized the N&O for its failure to report promptly and fully the Duke lacrosse players' extensive cooperation with police. Nor has Vaden ever criticized the N&O for blaming the players, their parents and attorneys for its racially biased and often false Duke Hoax reporting.
Anon critics have been in the lead in pointing out the N&O's and Vaden’s failures.
Today I posted in response to Vaden: "Should the N&O ban Anons?"
A few hours later I received the comment you’ll see below. But first a few introductory words.
Remember Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady? We learned from them:
”The rain in Spain is mainly on the plain.”Now Henry Higgins’ comment to JinC:
What does not seem to be addressed in the N&O article is the plain fact that ALL blog comments are essentially anonymous.Thanks, Professor Higgins
There is no mechanism on the web to ensure the true identity of ANY user.
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