WKTV Censoring Comments

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Just a local guy

Potsdam, NY

#1 Dec 22, 2010
How much longer will WKTV censor it's own viewers on their website?

Anytime anyone states an opinion on their website against WKTV it gets removed within seconds, but if I badmouth TWC it will stay on the site.

Since when do news sites censor free speech? Isn't that the same company that kept hounding Sullivan and everyone for FOIL requests and cried when they didn't get access to the info?
Cosmo

Utica, NY

#2 Dec 22, 2010
Just a local guy wrote:
How much longer will WKTV censor it's own viewers on their website?
Anytime anyone states an opinion on their website against WKTV it gets removed within seconds, but if I badmouth TWC it will stay on the site.
Since when do news sites censor free speech? Isn't that the same company that kept hounding Sullivan and everyone for FOIL requests and cried when they didn't get access to the info?
Can you post the link to that website? I can't seem to find it.
Watch

Boston, MA

#3 Dec 22, 2010
They own the blog. They can remove anything they want. I don't think they expected the opinions they are getting. At least not in this volume. there seem to be a lot of people saying that the local programming(mostly news) produced by WKTV is subpar and not really that much of a loss. I think they expected massive public outcry if they were not broadcast by Time Warner. I don't think that's the case.

To your question though. WKTV doesn't seem to removing all negative comments:
http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Nexstar-CEO-to...

http://www.wktv.com/news/local/WKTV-pulled-fr...

these are just a few and they both contain comments that aren't very WKTV friendly.
Crazy Larry

New York, NY

#4 Dec 22, 2010
WKTV, specifically Tom Coyne, screens the comments before they appear. If he has problems with them, he doesn't let them appear. Content is not the issue, his ego is the problem
Really

Rome, NY

#5 Dec 22, 2010
KTV wants everyone to think that they are the greatest!
slapnuts

Watertown, NY

#6 Dec 22, 2010
I guess the truth hurts WKTV more than their stupidity.
Pineapples10

Ogdensburg, NY

#7 Dec 22, 2010
Censorship can only come from a government you morons! WKTV is a private company, and can delete anything they want.
Mario

Syracuse, NY

#8 Dec 22, 2010
I've noticed that as of today WKTV has allowed some posts on their website that are pro-TWC and anti-WKTV. It looks as if they are allowing one or two of them now so it won't look as if they are deleting all of them. I myself have commented twice, and neither of them appeared on their site. My comments were not all that negative, so I'm a bit surprised as to why they never saw the light of day.
Mario

Syracuse, NY

#9 Dec 22, 2010
I need to update my previous post. I just checked the WKTV website and was very surprised that it is now full of anti-WKTV comments. This is a major change over the past few days. Its almost like reading Topix! I guess they must have finally something.
Mario

Syracuse, NY

#10 Dec 22, 2010
opps, last sentence should read "finally realized something.
utica fed up

New York, NY

#11 Dec 22, 2010
crazy larry is 1000% right big mouth jerk tom coyne is the one doing this fat ass ego biget. i asked him why my post a while back got pulled and he said he did not agree with it btw it was patterson was bad for the state lol anyway he blocked my isp so i can not post on there site.
Joe

Syracuse, NY

#12 Dec 22, 2010
Looks like they had a change of heart and unleashed a slew of negative comments. There are more negative ones on the site now than positive ones. I can hardly believe it!
Howdy

United States

#13 Dec 22, 2010
Pineapples10 wrote:
Censorship can only come from a government you morons! WKTV is a private company, and can delete anything they want.
The term censorship derives from the official duties of the Roman censor who, beginning in 443 b.c., conducted the census by counting, assessing, and evaluating the populace. Originally neutral in tone, the term has come to mean the suppression of ideas or images by the government or others with authority.

That's one morons, none pineapples.

Yes, I was bored.
Long-time Utican

Utica, NY

#14 Dec 23, 2010
WKTV and the OD both censor any unfavorable postings, and I won't bother to attempt to foster my opinion on either.
IMO it is a bogus blog when people cannot post an opinion contrary to the ownership.
That's why both are in the positions they are in at this time.
About as legit as the OD

Cortland, NY

#15 Dec 23, 2010
The Observer Disgrace does similar things with its website. They seem to pull down any comments that don't walk the old rag's party line. I hope they're dissolved soon.
the truth

Little Falls, NY

#16 Dec 23, 2010
About as legit as the OD wrote:
The Observer Disgrace does similar things with its website. They seem to pull down any comments that don't walk the old rag's party line. I hope they're dissolved soon.
the OD is far better about comments than the OD is. At least on the OD the comments are allowed to appear before they are taken down. WKTV has a dictor, with the emphasis on DICK, censoring everything he doesn't like before it will ever appear.
the truth

Little Falls, NY

#17 Dec 23, 2010
*the OD is far better about comments than WKTV is
DizzyBlue

Holland Patent, NY

#18 Jan 19, 2013
Crazy Larry is absolutely correct. I received a nasty email from Tom Coyne himself after posting a comment criticizing one of their stories. I have been blacklisted from commenting on WKTV.com ever since. Not one of my comments since then has ever appeared. WKTV is the most unprofessional news organization on the web. If you want to comment on stories without being censored, I suggest using CNYCentral.com . They cover a lot of our local news, as well as state and national. And they don't censor.
confused

Utica, NY

#19 Jan 19, 2013
i hope it was awhile ago. tom has been gone for over a year now.
Wrong again

Cicero, NY

#20 Jan 19, 2013
The OD for no reason will block out certain commentors for a month. No explanation, no notice, just block you out. The OD censors only conservative comments and let's any liberal loon comments stand. The OD is using their power to control the news. Donovan used her power to hide her sons DWI and now she hides conservative views.
the truth wrote:
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the OD is far better about comments than the OD is. At least on the OD the comments are allowed to appear before they are taken down. WKTV has a dictor, with the emphasis on DICK, censoring everything he doesn't like before it will ever appear.

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