When is using the word “dick” OK at the L.A. Times?
Well, it depends.
If you’re using the word to insult a guy who just died, you can get your comment approved — at least until an annoying blogger points it out.
But if you use the term to describe people who are mocking the man who just died, apparently that violates their standards.
You think I’m kidding? The first comment left in the L.A. Times‘s blog post was by a fellow named Alessandro, who said: “You picked a nice picture for your tribute.” A subsequent commenter left a comment — approved by a moderator — that I memorialized in this post:
Yes Alessandro I agree. The one of him with the horns made him look like a total dick.
Posted by: Chad | July 12, 2008 at 04:28 PM
Several other commenters left comments saying they hoped Snow had suffered (see here for details), prompting me to leave this comment:
Anyone who would say they hope Tony Snow suffered is a dick.
That comment, oddly enough, was never approved.
Oh, I can’t end the post without the irony. Andrew Malcolm — the guy who defended the decision to approve these comments — later accused me of . . . hypocrisy!
This came on the heels of Marc Cooper calling the commenters at my site “bitter” and “angry.”
Guys, there’s only so much irony I can take in one weekend. Enough already!
Thanks to Jim.
P.S. They have removed the post by Chad.
UPDATE: Malcolm comments and says that he was accusing the commenter of hypocrisy, and not me.