Yesterday I told you that the Ventura County Star had deleted a civil comment that had disputed some assertions in an op-ed by the paper’s editor.
Since then, several commenters left comments critical of the comment deletion.
Those comments have also been deleted.
What’s more, there is no hint they ever existed. And the comment box is gone.
It’s as if the op-ed never had comments to begin with.
It’s OK. They figure you won’t notice.
UPDATE: Editor Joe Howry has left a comment on his op-ed, apologizing for the removal of the comments, and stating that the comments were removed without his knowledge or authorization. Several comments have been restored.
He also blames the deletion in part on “inappropriate language” in comments. This is disingenuous, as several comments noted in the links above contain no inappropriate language — unless, of course, Howry considers it “inappropriate” to simply disagree with his op-ed.