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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Those pesky commenters

Yahoo, like its brethren in the media, always has a predictably liberal slant. So it was not surprising to see the following headline this morning:

Protests Erupt in Los Angeles Following Reports of Immigration Raids

There was an embedded video, then the entire article consisted of the following paragraph:

While immigration advocates say more than 100 people were detained Thursday as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials conducted home raids across three Southern California counties, the federal agency insists its operations were "routine" and not part of President Donald Trump`s unprecedented immigration crackdown.

Note the way they quote immigration advocates, and put the word "routine" in quotation marks, as if it's not believable. Note that the word "illegal" is never used, and that it's left unmentioned that ICE was targeting felons. 

Surprisingly, Yahoo, unlike a lot of news organizations, still allows comments after its articles. Most of the media have long since gotten rid of their comment sections, after they discovered that what emanated from them were sentiments directly opposed to their own viewpoints. 

Anyway, take a look at the article, and then click on "Comments" (there are over 2000). Virtually every commenter was strongly in favor of the roundup, and many expressed their views in scathing terms.

(On the internet, they're the not-so-silent majority.)

It's actually sort of reassuring. Despite the constant stream of leftist propaganda emanating from the MSM, most people are far more commonsensical.

Most commenters used only first names, sometimes with an initial attached, or a nickname. You have to wonder whether they would have felt free to express their opinions honestly, had they been forced to use their real first and last names. 

In anonymia veritas.

(I know, I shouldn't mock colleges for using Latin, then do the same myself.)

Update, an hour later: turns out AOL allows commenters, too, and the comments they got after an article about this recent roundup followed a similar pattern


Anonymous said...

It's encouraging to read the comments from American citizens who are totally in favor of ICE's efforts to deport illegal aliens. Finally, our immigration laws are being enforced. Our President is working for the good of our country.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
The near unanimity of the commenters is what's really striking to me. There were a couple of leftist comments mixed in out of the hundred plus I read, and they provided the usual leftist "arguments," i.e, insults and name-calling.

Anonymous said...

The protesters can protest all they want. People want our nation's laws enforced. We're sick of the liberal loonies.

- birdie

Shaun F said...

John - The daily mail has a pretty unrestricted comment policy. Many articles have "comments have not been moderated" unless it's a female teacher with some young boys - which are always moderated.

arthur thurman said...

Almost 3500 comments now. Here in the central Valley, the sentiment is the same.

John Craig said...

Shaun --
Good for the Daily Mail.....I wonder why they restrict those female teacher articles, I guess they probably spark too many off-color comments.

John Craig said...

Arthur --
You're a safe distance from both SF and LA.

Anonymous said...

As of now, there are nearly 3500 comments. I'd say it's 100 to 1 in favor of the raids. I'd expect that ratio from Stormfront on certain social issues, but a mainstream read like yahoo? Yep, the silent majority has awaken


John Craig said...

Spartan --
It seems that Lefties express their opinions by shouting down conservative speakers, holding demonstrations, marching, and occasionally rioting. Righties -- like us -- express our opinions on the internet. And you're right, Yahoo itself tilts liberal, so it's not as if by its nature it's going to attract the Storefront crowd. Yet the comments express on it are just way one-sided. Maybe it has a little to do with the fact that conservatives don't have as many other outlets, and have to censor their own opinions at work if they want to keep their jobs.