Media Matters’ systematic removal of my responses from their website, also most of my responses to their attacks in one place
Media Matters has removed all sorts of comments that I have placed on their website (indeed, I never kept count, but it is a lot), even ones that involve me explaining to people why my eyebrows are deformed because of surgery that I had as a kid. Here is one case recently where they made the mistake of removing my comments, but not the comments that responded to my original post.
After Erik Wemple from the Washington Post contacted them about their removal of my comments, some recent ones reappeared. In this screen shot you can see Media Matters putting back the links to my response to one of their attacks (in this case see the second comment from the bottom).
Media Matters apparently told Wemple that my comments were removed because their readers had tagged them as offensive. But Media Matters only very recently changed their system for putting up comments. Prior to that they would have to approve someone twelve times before their comments would automatically be posted on their website. The problem is that their screeners would virtually never let any of my comments through (surely not enough that I ever got close to the magic number of twelve). This problem over many years had absolutely nothing to do with their readers supposed complaints.
More information will be provided soon. But you can see that I have long complained about Media Matters sanitizing its comment section. Indeed, I have complained in person several times to people from David Brock on down at least 2008. I have also made notes about this attempt to shield their readers from my responses on my website (see links below) as well as on Twitter. A couple of my many responses to Media Matters posts on Twitter can be seen here.
When Media Matters has attacked me, I would write up a response and post a link to the comment on their website. Here are 23 times that I wrote up and posted, though I haven’t gone through everything that I have written and I am sure that there were more responses. Below I first show Media Matters’ title and then a link to their claims and then my response.