Three publications of Maine Today – the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal (Augusta) and the Morning Sentinel (Waterville) – will until further notice not allow any on-line comments on stories posted on the respective websites. The AP is reporting this comment:
MaineToday Media CEO Richard Connor said what was aimed as a public forum for civil discourse devolved into “a forum for vile, crude, insensitive, and vicious postings.” In his words, “No story subject seems safe from hurtful and vulgar comments.”
This box appears on the front page of the Portland Press Herald and the other two newspaper websites today:
A note to readers
We have stopped accepting comments on pressherald.com, onlinesentinel.com and kjonline.com while we reconsider our submission policy.
Will this decision become trend-setting or is the appeal of these comments with on-line readers too broad for more restrictions? Stay tuned.