As some of you may know Eric took a lot of heat over at LGF (see comments) for not censoring Mike Larkin. Craig Lyndall and I have already posted our support for Eric’s decision but I thought it might be a good idea to start a post here as well. So the question is – do you support Eric’s decision? Here is a copy of my post to start the ball rolling.
“I am a relatively new Blogcritic and if you were to label me I would probably be considered a moderate. I have worked in law, the computer industry and journalism for more than 20 years. Needless to say I was taken aback when I read Mr. Larkin’s post and was hard pressed to find the words to speak. I am finding it difficult to understand Mr. Larkin’s motive for writing it. At first he seemed to be genuinely hurt by the harsh comments he had received which led me to believe that he really intended it to be humorous satire. It is unfortunate the topic he chose was in poor taste. Now that he has made comments like the one above I am at a loss as to what kind of person he is. Nevertheless it is not my right or the reason for writing this post to pass judgment on him. Rather, I wish to extend my support for Mr. Olsen’s decision to not censor this post (or any other post for that matter) regardless of the fact this one in particular was in poor taste. For if he did that the question would beg to be asked – whose post would be the next to be censored. I certainly don’t want to go back to the days of book burning and inquisitions and I hope that all of you agree. I would much rather have the extremists in my face than hiding in the shadows and wondering what they are up to. As in society, I believe that freedom of speech is important to a thriving democracy and the extremists will eventually be weeded out by the rest of the readers and blogcritics.”Powered by Sidelines