Newspaper’s comment section a ‘cesspool’ — but still important

Are there people at your company afraid of anonymous comments? Readers of The Washington Post have reportedly said the paper’s online comment sections are little more than “cesspools”; many readers want The Post to shutter these sections. The Post ’s ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, disagrees with that idea. “For every noxious comment, many more are astute and stimulating,” Alexander wrote. “Anonymity provides necessary protection for serious commenters whose jobs or…

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