Does Amy Paterson hate the First Amendment?
Some so-called journalists treat the First Amendment like it is a wank doll. It is not a two-way relationship but rather there for their use alone.
Tom Moran of the Star-Ledger condemns "hate speech" except when he regularly indulges in it as a feature of his opinion columns. Then it is good hate speech because it is his.
Amy Paterson of the NJ Herald polices her website for "political" commentators -- removing the comments of adult children of people "involved" in politics (but who never ran for elected office), while leaving up comments from actual politicians who have run for office or who are actively running for office, lobbyists who have held elected office, and former office holders with active business before county government. It takes pretty thick lenses not to see these characters as political but Amy Paterson must have hers implanted because she blithely continues to play favorites. In Amy Paterson's warped little brain, a twenty-year old woman is still the "property" of her parents and is not yet emancipated to the point where she can hold an opinion or vote.
At some point, shouldn't Amy Paterson be made to file with NJELEC? After all, by stripping all the opinions of one side from the Herald's website but leaving all those of the other, isn't she making an in-kind contribution to someone's political campaign? She has even left up the comments of the notorious poster who went by the name of DudeRules. We all remember when this flaming idiot tried to put a hex on the daughter and grandson of a local elected official. The State Police investigated it as a death threat, but even that doesn't get you removed from the Herald, so long as you are careful to only say bad things about the people Amy disapproves of. If Amy and you dislike the same people, you are free to get personal to the point of commenting on your victim's children and parenting skills and she will leave up those comments. Sounds like something corporate could get sued for. We wonder if they know?
Curiously, Amy Paterson of the Herald is the only internet director in the state who polices her website this way. Apparently, everyone else recognizes that a conversation creates more readers, while a monologue enforced by Amy Paterson doesn't. So it isn't even good business sense.
We are told that Amy feels she can make these assumptions about people and place her thumb on the scale to unbalance any on-line dialogue she chooses to interfere with because she thinks she is a good judge of people. A real people person is our Ms. Paterson. Now if only she could find it in her heart to respect the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.