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The Inside Story | Benjamin Marrison commentary: Story was news, not opinion | The Columbus Dispatch

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A reader took issue with a story we published inside Tuesday's Metro section about a speech given by Lt.

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mack

Dublin, OH

#1 Jul 17, 2011
So the Disgrace is going to require registration to comment? Then we;re out of here. Toodles. And if we can't comment then there's no need to visit the site and read anything on it.
Ohio Lawyer

Columbus, OH

#2 Jul 17, 2011
The more important question is why The Columbus Dispatch employs an editorial editor so extreme that he called efforts to help the uninsured and address global warming "tyranny and losing our freedoms" in a signed column last summer.
Antone Gorillawitz

Jackson, OH

#3 Jul 17, 2011
Your extreme right wing leanings is why I no longer subscribe!!!!!!!!!!

I may have to live with republicaNOs as your fishwrap--"But I do not have to support your republicaNO donations"
Ohio Lawyer

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 17, 2011
Ben, I remember how proud you were of the long lines of African Americans waiting to get a post-election Dispatch in 2008. How do you sit there in silence while the ugly little party your employer supports screws them over?
Themis

Lewis Center, OH

#5 Jul 17, 2011
Required registration is a great move. It should eliminate a LOT of nonsense.
Citizen

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 17, 2011
I like the anonymity when I post on here. I don't like feeling someone is tracking my posts like Big Brother. The posters that are mean or hateful, most people see that they are just trying to get attention and just ignore them. I say ne to registration, but I guess that is the trend.
alsoataxpayer

Pataskala, OH

#7 Jul 17, 2011
Antone Gorillawitz wrote:
Your extreme right wing leanings is why I no longer subscribe!"
Same here. I finally decided I wasn't going to pay any money to a hard core right-wing management.

You say news is separated from management's editorial opinions but I noticed the Dispatch ran union bashing articles but didn't cover management abuses. Now I hear it featured the anti-health care speech of the Lieutenant Governor. But will the Dispatch address the plight of uninsured Americans? These people are left out in the cold by the "free enterprise" and that the right-wingers revere.
response

Columbus, OH

#8 Jul 17, 2011
Re required registration, the Post and the Times have done it for years. I'm all for it. Poster with strong opinions are one thing. Posters like the guy who calls himself The Truth, who used to post grotesque sexual slurs as responses, are something else.
Matt

Chillicothe, OH

#9 Jul 17, 2011
Since we are talking about newspaper policy, what is the policy for creating news instead of covering it?

An example, a news agency who buys property adjacent to a property owned by another business in order to derail the other business, all the while having no intention of ever actually developing said property.

I was never pro casino, but I can tell you this. The number pulled by the Dispatch to slow the casino down was viewed by many as back handed and infantile, and Dispatch lost a lot of respect with that move.

And for the record, I do agree with registering comments.
response

Columbus, OH

#10 Jul 17, 2011
alsoataxpayer wrote:
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Same here. I finally decided I wasn't going to pay any money to a hard core right-wing management.
You say news is separated from management's editorial opinions but I noticed the Dispatch ran union bashing articles but didn't cover management abuses. Now I hear it featured the anti-health care speech of the Lieutenant Governor. But will the Dispatch address the plight of uninsured Americans? These people are left out in the cold by the "free enterprise" and that the right-wingers revere.
The Dispatch has never shown one shred of evidence that it either comprehends or gives a damn about the real crisis facing tens of millions who can't rely on group health insurance. Glenn Sheller is a ahallow right wing extremist, and it is a damn shame this paper employs him to be its editorial voice.
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#11 Jul 17, 2011
Very soon, the risk of people behaving badly behind the shield of anonymity on Dispatch.com will go away, as required registration will be part of our commenting tool. That should alleviate the concerns of those who worry about what is being said on Dispatch.com .
Yes it should, as nothing much at all will be said, just like on NBC 4. Once again mediocrity carries the day at the Dispatch!

Of course we will still be able to comment on the Columbus Topix forum -- http://www.topix.com/forum/columbus -- but the Dispatch will no longer derive income from it. Didn't you guys learn anything from the Ted Williams Youtube debacle?
Corner timeouts

Durham, NC

#12 Jul 17, 2011
Too bad isn't it- when classless posters like um, say the "Big Johnsons", "Truths" ruin it- for the rest of us who actually are educated enough to have a higher level of grace and personal restraint (I call it impulse control). The registration requirement, almost reminds me of a HS teach who penalizes an entire class with long term detention- for the mindless behavior distractions of one or two babies sitting in the back row. Only difference here is- you can't hurl spit balls at the Big Johnsons- they're faceless, anonymous, like you could- at the idiots- in class. Welcome to the big bad melting pot of the internet age. Too bad, really.
Citizen wrote:
I like the anonymity when I post on here. I don't like feeling someone is tracking my posts like Big Brother. The posters that are mean or hateful, most people see that they are just trying to get attention and just ignore them. I say ne to registration, but I guess that is the trend.
big deal

Columbus, OH

#13 Jul 17, 2011
Topix != Dispatch.com
old news

Howard, OH

#14 Jul 17, 2011
Matt wrote:
Since we are talking about newspaper policy, what is the policy for creating news instead of covering it?
An example, a news agency who buys property adjacent to a property owned by another business in order to derail the other business, all the while having no intention of ever actually developing said property.
I was never pro casino, but I can tell you this. The number pulled by the Dispatch to slow the casino down was viewed by many as back handed and infantile, and Dispatch lost a lot of respect with that move.
And for the record, I do agree with registering comments.
don't ever let this die.

the Dispatch publishing co. needs to be held up so everybody can see what they really are.

a bunch of wannabe monarchs.
Paige Clicks

Powell, OH

#15 Jul 17, 2011
if the Dispatch requires registration to comment then page clicks will decrease thereby reducing the amount the Dispatch can charge advertizers. As such, there will be no registration placed on comments.
Anonymous Monster

Columbus, OH

#17 Jul 17, 2011
A poorly-played move. Surely you realize there are people in this world who process information (including your version of "the news") differently than you and they have an opinion. It's quite clear your reporters and editors detest Topix. Going to work everyday and having critics screaming at you must be disconcerting. That's the price of a free press isn't it??? It might be time for you and your delicate compadres to leave and find another line of work. The lily-liverred among you want to pick and choose the things in life they want to digest. A steady diet of pablum is your choice Ben???
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#18 Jul 17, 2011
I like how Ben Marrison keeps judging all the comments here 'clueless', 'nuts' and 'spam'.
zEnzyte Bob ex-Paid Cust

Chicago, IL

#20 Jul 17, 2011
Big Johnson wrote:
<quoted text>
Didn't you guys learn anything from the Ted Williams Youtube debacle?
Apparently not.

Just look at what laggards their radio stations have always been. The Dispatch isn't a bad paper, but they are just a bunch of boring WASPS. The Wolfes do not understand entertainment.
zEnzyte Bob ex-Paid Cust

Chicago, IL

#21 Jul 17, 2011
P.S. I take pride in the fact that the Dispatch capitulated to the whiners and is so desperate to get rid of me, that they are about to wreck their comment board, a la Ted Williams.

See why we have the First Amendment?

LMAO!
Colt McDaniels

Plain City, OH

#22 Jul 17, 2011
Free speech by design includes and specifically protects "offensive speech", since polite speech needs no protection.

Martin Luther King and Mandela were considered by the "powers to be" of their era as "offensive" and jailed but those that forget history are doomed to repeat it.

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