Here are four comments relating to Tony Snow’s death. Please tell me which is the least offensive:
There is special place in hell for Mr. Snow. As a co-conspirator of the Bush administration, I have no special sympathy for him. I only wish his suffering were more prolonged.
I hope he suffered at the end. Just a terrible person.
CANCER WAS TOO GOOD FOR HIM
HOPE IT WAS PAINFUL.
NOW FOR THE REST OF THIS SCUMMY ADMINISTRATION. COME ON CANCER, DO YOUR GOOD WORK..
Anyone who would say they hope Tony Snow suffered is a dick.
The first three were approved by L.A. Times comment moderators. The fourth was left by me, and was not published. Subsequent comments have been approved, making it clear that my comment was rejected.
I’ll admit that I deliberately included the profanity to see if it would get the comment rejected.
Now, I understand that it’s easy to monitor comments for language and tricky to moderate them for content. But in what world is my comment more offensive than the first three?
Of the above comments, which ones bothered you? Which ones would you be worried about your children reading?
Truly, which is more offensive?
UPDATE: Commenter Jim reminds me that an anti-Snow commenter used the word “dick” — and his comment was posted:
Yes Alessandro I agree. The one of him with the horns made him look like a total dick. [Alessandro had said: "You picked a nice picture for your tribute." -- Patterico]
Interesting. I think this is worth a new post.