MSM and some leftwing know it alls like to frequently comment about the white middle age trash that comments on rightwing blogs. Do not hear much comment about the comments on leftwing blogs, oh thats right they usually don’t like comment or it is quickly removed, such is their love of free thought and free speech (Tui add ). I’m with Redbaiter, what the left can’t stand are that the peasants are daring to challenge their world veiw.
Leaving aside the terrible grammar and the fact that I quite possibly count as "white middle age trash that comments on right wing blogs," I think it is actually fair enough comment. Lefty blogs have an appalling track record in this respect.
It's a given of the internet that if it's possible to leave comments, saddos like Dad4Justice or Millsy will turn up and indulge their personal obsessions, hurl abuse and litter the place with exclamation marks. Right-wing blogs suffer this as much as the left, and banning the trolls or switching comments off because of them simply confirms their paranoia for them. Ignoring them is by far the best bet (and I admit to a signal failure in this respect when it comes to D4J).
Another given of the internet is that if you post a left-wing opinion and allow comments, the hate-filled munter end of the right wing is likely to turn up and spew its bile all over your thread. And just to be clear, I don't mean by this right-wingers who turn up and make a good argument you don't like and can't answer, I'm talking about the ones who do a good line in vile abuse of any social group they don't personally belong to, and not much else. It's probably this aspect, rather than the trolling, which leads blogs like Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty, Just Left and No Right Turn to adopt restrictive comments policies or turn comments off altogether.
I think that's the wrong approach. For one thing, it's worth having this stuff on display as a reminder to the country that there's still no shortage of these people out there. For another, it's worth noting that Public Address: System doesn't seem to suffer this problem very often, because hate-spewers are swiftly shown up for what they are by people who are patently their intellectual and moral superiors.
In short, make a stand for freedom of expression if you believe in it, lefto bloggers! Or have the guts to say so if you don't.