Readers’ Representative Blog: The Comments Are Very Restricted. With Your Cooperation, I Want to Find Out Just How Restricted They Are
I recently did a post that says, in relevant part:
The blog of the L.A. Times‘s “Readers’ Representative” is now online.
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I suggest you go to the introductory post and leave a comment, if you are so inclined, and have any unanswered questions about the paper’s recent performance.
You might find fertile ground for comments in my recent post on Tim Rutten — in particular my unanswered e-mail about the difference between making an error and “concocting” a story. Or maybe you’re curious about Rutten’s violation of the paper’s policy on using anonymous sources, and when this issue will be raised on the blog.
You might even have questions that have nothing to do with Tim Rutten!
Go forth and leave a comment!
Well, as I noted here, very few comments have been posted, and I know of at least one comment (by reader nk) that was never posted.
Amy Alkon notes here that this “conversation” between the paper and its readers is intended to be very restricted. Amy’s sharp eye picked up this crucial qualification in the blog’s introductory post:
All comments will be read and forwarded to the appropriate Times staffers. Those that touch on topics of wide interest or raise new aspects of the conversation will be posted.
And those that Jamie Gold deems uninteresting or insufficiently “new” . . . will not be posted. In other words, they aren’t going to post all comments. Just the ones they choose to post.
Amy Alkon says:
I think their error was in calling this a blog not a publicity campaign with a faux comments section.
Ouch. That hurts — but mostly because it may be true.
Let’s find out.
I reiterate my call for my readers to go post a comment. Be polite, and raise an interesting issue about the paper.
And save your comment before you post it.
If the paper does not post your comment, send it to me, and I will publish it in a post.
I’d really like to see wide participation on this, folks. Let’s see what they’ll post and what they won’t. Leave your comment in the blog’s introductory post.