NPR closes comments section: Where are conversations happening now?


I stopped listening several years ago when good reliable Catholic newsprogramming started, first with the Sonrise Morning Show, and now Morning Glory.

I got sick of every news program promoting either evolution or the homosexual agenda. They always seem to preference their articles as “coming from the nonpartisan [insert], e.g. Gutmacher Institute.” Gag. A couple of Saturdays ago, I tuned in and they had a voice specialist on. I thought it was interesting, until she went on to say how she works with transitioning transgender male voices to female. :frowning: OF COURSE. It can’t just be about people, it has to have an agenda.

This is really interesting. I regularly read NPR online. There are quite a few conservative commenters, believe it or not. It looks like they only want comments from people who “love” NPR, no dissenters. WOW.

I will admit, the comments could get pretty vile.


You left out the fact that every time it rained we were told it was the result of global warming-unless it didn’t rain in which case it was even more evidence of global warming


I used to enjoy the Friday afternoon’s Week in Politics with David Brooks and E.J. Dionne, until E. J. said the Romney’s practiced birth control because they only had five children. I never turned it on again after that.


Well, I could only fit so much in!


I disagree with that, because liberal groups will often target people with dissenting views by going to their homes, calling their employers, etc. I should be free to comment on news articles without concern of being attacked.


Newspapers always only published a handful of selected ‘letters’ and you could send them an anonymous response with your points of disagreement. It’s quite awkward to give NPR feedback on their stories while a comments section served this role in some fashion.


Comments still up at npr, when is this supposed to take effect?


Does this also explain why Fox turned off comments on its articles ages ago?


This seems a bit over-the-top. What sort of comments would make someone from a political party come to your home? Call your work? I don’t think I have ever made a comment on a news site that I would be afraid my boss would see. Furthermore, as someone involved in teaching, I would be quite ashamed if any of my comments scandalized or upset students. A public forum should be a place for constructive debates, rather than just tearing down the ‘other side’. Are you making threats or calling people names? If not, why should you fear if you are presenting logical and sound arguments?


You may be right, I don’t recall Fox ever having comments section (I rarely go there).
I think a moderated comments section is healthy.


I won’t comment with my real name, and that’s not because I’m ashamed or am threatening people. My friends will know my views based on relevant discussions. Why risk not getting a job because of a difference in politics instead of your capabilities? Neither do I want a job because someone liked my unrelated political commentary (I’m not a writer).

The primary activity during the hiring process is to find reasons to filter down the candidate pool. If you don’t believe me, have a candid chat with someone who works in HR.


Is it really over the top? As Catholics we probably share some views which are not popular in modern culture. Opposition to abortion and gay “marriage” are just two examples, and there are extremist activists on the other side of those issues. It’s not about one’s boss knowing one’s comments or one being ashamed of one’s comments. It’s about being personally identified and targeted for harassment. I’m not guessing about this. It has happened to people.


Comments gone. :o I only read NPR because of the comments. I wonder if they will lose online presence?


They probably don’t care. They are government funded so they do not need the support of the public. They are basically an arm of the government. Perhaps they are moving to their real goal as a propaganda machine.


I think over half their funding comes from selling sponsorships and from donations.

I wish we had the fairness doctrine still in place, at least for outlets that were Govt supported in some fashion. Neither NPR nor PBS has a single program that leans right.


I can understand why some news organizations would do this, but not for political reasons. There was a case in a fairly small town newspaper about a basketball player that had run afoul with the law and initially it looked very bad. The newspaper would run its article, where the information I’m sure was solidly sourced and then the comment sections were full of rumors that turned out to be mostly untrue. In the end, the player had not committed a serious crime and, while the articles were fair and covering the facts of the case, the player had his reputation damaged by the comment sections of the articles covering it. I’m sure the reporter covering the story heard the rumours but did not put it in the article because it didn’t meet journalistic standards, but there they were, right with his article.

The comments section should not be a place to slander someone.


I have only had a few instances in life where something I had first hand knowledge of made the news, but in each of those instances, it was the news agency that was factually incorrect in their article. This was before online commenting was around, and there were not enough instances to establish a definite conclusion, but let’s just say I don’t trust the media much.

When our main local news allowed anonymous comments I felt like we were getting more of the real stories. Someone might say, “I live on that street and here’s what really happened.” The news didn’t like that so they made people register thru social media. After that the comments were reduced to a handful of activists. Oh and the TOS when registering to comment allowed the news unfettered access to your social media page at will.


Yeah. That’s been pretty much my experience too. The truth doesn’t much matter. It’s only the stories that matter. And by the time they get filtered into the media? That’s pretty much all they are at that point.

Just stories.


Not a huge loss, in my opinion.


Agree totally. I also think that if NPR were reporting on ANOTHER media company’s closing of IT’S “comments” section, NPR would inevitably have brought up the “freedom of speech” issue. But not for them, of course.

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