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Deleted comments and bannings

[Note: here's the post about Jon Henke and The Next Right.]

As you can see below, dozens of sites have deleted my comments over the years, or they've moderated them away, or they've gone as far as banning me. Reviewing the comments in the entries below will show a pattern: they were on-topic, they weren't abusive, and they pointed out how the author of the post was wrong. When an author deletes one of my comments, it's almost always the case that they're admitting the weakness of their arguments and they don't want their other readers to find out how they're wrong.

When a site deletes (or moderates away) valid comments, they're more than just an echo chamber. Because of their policies, nothing you read at that site can be trusted. You have to check every single thing they say because they've disabled fact-checking. You never know what was deleted, and it might have been a comment that pointed out how they were wrong.

The most egregious case of this was RedState. In 2006, after almost a year and a half of posting entries - not just comments - at that site, I was banned. I have yet to receive any reasonable explanation, and the closest they can to providing me one was based on their misreading of my last entry there.

On the other hand, Washington Monthly deletes comments so quickly and so reliably that it's almost a joke. Note that they've deleted comments without links or just with links to Ann Althouse and National Review. They're very eager to make sure that their readers don't find out how they're wrong.

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Sean Medlock and Jeff Poor don't want you to see this (Daily Caller, Jim Treacher) - 10/02/13

... those opposed to open debate, see deleted comments. ------------------- [1] I twice asked @JTlol to tell me who deleted the comment, with no response. As indicated above, Jeff Poor has blocked me, so contacting him would be useless. It's not clear exactly who deleted the comment, but it's obviously something neither Medlock nor Poor want you to see. [2] dailycaller . com/2013/09/25/ popular-...

James Pethokoukis doesn't want you to see this (AEI, Marco Rubio, immigration) - 02/03/13

... Neither received a reply. See deleted comments for dozens of other comments that were too hot to handle for other hacks. See Marco Rubio for extensive discussions of how his plans aren't conservative, are misleading, and would greatly harm the U.S. Write @JimPethokoukis with your thoughts, and send this page to those who interact with him on Twitter. --------------- [1] In the comment, "the...

What City Journal doesn't want you to see (Troy Senik, "Worst Union", California, immigration) - 06/14/12

... @cityjournal @ManhattanInst. And, see deleted comments for dozens of other examples of sites deleting or not approving comments that showed how they were misleading their readers. ----------- [1] Senik's Twitter profile is "Former G.W. Bush Speechwriter; libertarian conservative; Editor @ Ricochet; Contributor @ Manhattan Institute; Senior Fellow @ Center for Individual Freedom" [2] city-journal...

Radley Balko doesn't want you to see this (Huffington Post, immigration, libertarian) - 01/29/12

... And, he can't have that. See deleted comments for dozens of others who can't present a counter-argument to what I write but who simply delete posts or ban me. ------------------- [1] The comment I left: Joshua opines: "Don’t trust anybody who profits from crime." Indeed. That's why I say don't trust those who are really making big $ off illegal immig.: those crooked biz'es who want to profit...

Charles Koch Foundation deletes comment about David Koch donating to ACLU - 06/29/11

... Soros to fund the ACLU. Note: see deleted comments for dozens of others across the political spectrum who can't stand the heat and have either deleted my comments or banned me. --------------- [1] "Economic Freedom & Quality of Life", youtube.com/all_comments?v=v1U1Jzdghjk, my name: NoMoreBlatherDotCom The video was posted by "EconFree" and is so far their only video. Their profile page says...

Shakesville deletes comment (again), bans me (Melissa McEwan) - 11/24/10

... please go right now and see the deleted comments page for why you can't trust anything you read there. The post in question is "Thanks, Republicans" (shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2010/11/ thanks-republicans.html) in which she blames Republicans alone for what's discussed in "Some States Weigh Unthinkable Option: Ending Medicaid" (link). I left the following comment to suggest that she broaden...

Why Ta-Nehisi Coates isn't credible (banned by The Atlantic) - 07/28/10

Ta Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic has a habit of banning those who disagree with him or show how he's wrong, and that means that what he writes can't be trusted: he's disabled fact-checking. Instead of engaging those who disagree and trying to present a counter-argument he's more interested in creating an echo chamber of those who agree with him. And, those who are mostly on his side have to be on...

Is Brendan Nyhan a trustworthy source? (University of Michigan, health policy) - 05/17/10

Brendan Nyhan is, per him, the "RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan" and a "political scientist and media critic." Can you trust what he writes? Perhaps in an academic context, but on his blog he's willing to disable "peer review" by deleting comments. When a site delete comments you can't trust anything they write: they've disabled fact checking by their readers....

Sojourners deletes comment showing how Jim Wallis can't be trusted (immigration) UPDATE: they banned me too - 04/23/10

If you trust Jim Wallis or the Sojourners organization, please keep reading. A couple of days ago I left the comment below on one of his blog entries [1]. Despite not violating any provisions of their "Code of Conduct" (printed at [2]), the comment was deleted. Apparently showing how at least Wallis' position on immigration is that of a charlatan is too much for them.

NCLR blocked me on Twitter - 03/13/10

The National Council of La Raza has blocked me from following them on Twitter. This is, obviously, a trivial matter and it's not like I wanted to follow them, but it goes to character.

What Dan Riehl doesn't want you to know - 03/03/10

This site is about compiling information, and I'm willing to reference a wide range of sources as long as they've got something useful. I might not link to them directly, but I'm never going to hide things from my readers just because I don't like the source for one reason or other. Dan Riehl isn't like that. He recently deleted a comment I left at his site that provided background information...

Tea Party Nation cheap publicity stunt? Say they banned Rachel Maddow, but she never joined - 01/07/10

[UPDATE: I changed the title of this post from "Tea Party Nation bans Rachel Maddow seven minutes after she joined; no dissent will be tolerated!" to the present because Maddow says the person who they banned wasn't her: link. I assumed that Teaparty Nation had verified it was her either by doing a reverse DNS or through direct communication. Either they didn't do that, or - as Maddow says - this...

"American Thinker" edits comment on sad and delusional tea party screed (Thomas Lifson, Ed Lasky) (UPDATE: bans me too) - 12/23/09

Glenn Reynolds linked (pajamasmedia. com/instapundit/90431) to "Why the 'Angry Mob' Is Angry" from the website "American Thinker" (americanthinker. com/2009/12/why_the_angry_mob_is_angry.html) so I went there to find out. It's a cri de coeur (from "Wendi Lynn G", rightmakesmight4all.blogspot.com) that's as hilarious as it as sad, and I left the following comment:

Can you trust Arnold Kling's economic judgment? Find out. - 11/22/09

Independent economist and Cato Institute affiliate Arnold Kling comments on the recent Jeff Jacoby column and says (econlog.econlib.org/archives/2009/11/a_good_line.html): If you had a store that was the only place people could go to buy bread, and people had to wait for hours to get to the checkout counter, some ordinarily honest people would end up stealing out of frustration. We need to fix...

The Next Right banned me, showing little integrity or intellectual capability - 11/10/09

I used to blog at TheNextRight, until I was banned around August. I sent several emails and spoke to both Patrick Ruffini and Soren Dayton on the phone asking for an explanation. They both promised to get me an explanation but never did. I didn't get one until about a month later (early September) from Jon Henke: because I'd posted a couple entries with "Birther nonsense". Except, both simply...

Why didn't Steve Landsburg approve my comment? It's a mystery. - 11/07/09

Steven Landsburg (armchair *at* troi.cc.rochester.edu) is apparently an "economist" who writes the Everyday Economics column for Slate magazine. My June 2007 discussion of a column he wrote about immigration is at the last link, and when I was recently informed by Glenn Reynolds that Stephen Landsberg had started his own blog I left the following welcome message on his site at thebigquestions.com...

What Brian Stelter and the New York Times don't want you to know - 10/24/09

I rarely leave comments on the New York Times' blogs because they pre-moderate the comments and very few of mine have been approved. Whether the comments contain a link or not, they tend to point out how the author is wrong or isn't telling the whole truth, and in NYT land that's a no-no. So it was on Thursday's "CNN’s Special on Latinos Stirs Protests Against Anchor" (link) by Brian Stelter....

John Hinderaker warns against "Birthers", after admitting (and showing) he knows little about the issue - 07/30/09

... that I'm putting this in the deleted comments category because the comment was not approved. In case it does appear I'll provide an update:

What Brad DeLong doesn't want you to see (+he does it again) - 07/24/09

Yesterday, Brad DeLong offered "Buce on the Birthers" [1], which is just a clip post consisting entirely of a portion of someone else's post about the Obama citizenship issue together with a supposed picture of Barack Obama's COLB. I left the two comments below; as predicted, they were deleted. A comment replying to my comment remains, but both mine are gone. Obviously DeLong is a bit sensitive...

Rick Moran bans me for showing how he's wrong - 07/22/09

Rick Moran is a low-level conservative commenter at Pajamas Media and his own site, "Right Wing Nuthouse". He's also the brother of Terry Moran of ABC News. Earlier today he offered "IT’S PAST TIME TO INOCULATE CONSERVATISM AGAINST THE BIRTHERS" at his site [1] in which he offered the same old misleading claims regarding the Obama citizenship issue. Shortly after I left a comment, my IP address...

John Aravosis of AmericaBlog confuses the GOP with Amazon.com, hilarity ensues (Chris Frates) - 07/16/09

The GOP has a new web application called the "Obama Card" at gop.com/obamacard. You search for terms and it shows you how much they'll cost you on your "Card". It didn't work for me the two times I tried it, but it appears to be yet another cheap stunt from the GOP; their time would be better spent on, for instance, showing how their opponents are wrong. Speaking of that, John Aravosis of...

0.005% of Los Angeles' population turns out for massive tea party ("GayPatriot" doesn't approve comment) - 05/18/09

As the world goes to heck, the tea parties continue on whining at a heretofore unseen pace, with a massive protest in Westwood, California momentously occuring yesterday. The world-changing protest featured a whopping 150-200 people, equivalent to 0.005% of the population of the city of Los Angeles. That will hold back the forces of Antonio Villaraigosa and Arnold Schwarzenegger! Their iron-...

Jeremy Leaming /American Constitution Society deletes comment (Obama certificate issue) - 04/05/09

Back on March 6, Jeremy Leaming of the American Constitution Society offered 'Suit Challenging Obama's Eligibility: "Frivolous"' [1] about the recent ruling from Judge James Robertson. The comment appeared but isn't there now (webified): Jeremy Leaming: there's proof that (Ben Smith) is a liar at my name's link. Let me suggest less mindless mocking and more rigorous thinking. If you're not...

Shakesville deletes follow-up comments (Shakespeare's Sister) - 02/16/09

[If you've heard of and have even a little trust for the site "Shakesville" (of Melissa McEwan fame), read on for why you can't trust what they tell you. Everyone else feel free to skip to the next entry.]

Washington Monthly deletes comment on post extolling "diversity of thought", openness - 02/10/09

The Washington Monthly has a habit of deleting comments, and they're even willing to do it on entries lionizing Barack Obama for being open to a "diversity of thought". I guess some "diversities of thought" are more equal than others.

See what Thers/Whiskey Fire is afraid for you to see - 12/03/08

Earlier today, I left the comment below at the site Whiskey Fire at a post written by "Thers" [1]. He or she subsequently edited my comment to change both the link to this site and the link to Youtube in the below comment, and then left another comment saying that he/she had "fixed" my links. In fact, Thers didn't fix anything, and simply revealed that he/she is afraid of and wants to silence...

Dave Winer deletes comment, locks thread - 10/05/08

Earlier today, Dave Winer of Scripting News offered "I'd like to have a word with Republicans" (scripting.com/stories/2008/10/05/idLikeToHaveAWordWithRepub.html). Clamping his hands down over his ears just as hard as he could, he said: Barack Obama is an honorable person. You may not agree with him, or like where he would take our country, that's your right of course, but he doesn't "pal around"...

Steve Benen/Washington Monthly gets hat trick: deletes three comments in one day - 10/04/08

Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly has scored a hat trick: he or his helpers deleted three comments I left on his entries today. And, the deletions happened very shortly after I left the comments, so obviously they're very worried about their readers learning about the things that Steve Benen isn't willing to tell them. An earlier comment I left was also deleted from one of his entries (see...

Are you scared of Barack Obama's followers yet? (kids singing video) - 09/30/08

Please compare these two videos of children singing to their leader. If you aren't scared of Barack Obama and his followers now, it might just change your mind [SEE THE UPDATES; 'SING FOR CHANGE' REMOVED THE ORIGINAL VIDEO]: Note that the second video was embedded at DailyKos, but none of the pages shown as linking to the video exist anymore. Apparently it's not yet time. UPDATE: I...

UCLA professor Stephen Bainbridge deletes comments showing how he was wrong - 09/28/08

UCLA law professor Stephen Bainbridge recently tried to debunk illegal immigration's role in the mortgage crisis. Along with issuing smears, his only data points in support of his position came from data that was over a decade old. Not only didn't he tell his readers that the data was incredibly out of date, but he deleted two comments pointing out that the data he was using was woefully out of...

Steve Benen/Washington Monthly continues proud tradition of deleting comments - 09/23/08

During the Kevin Drum years at Washington Monthly, several of my on-topic, non-abusive comments were deleted. As pointed out here a few times, that means you can't trust anything you read there: everything has to be double-checked because they're willing to delete fact-checking by their readers. (I also noted that many of their old pages are full of spam, and if you link to those pages it might...

Barack Obama lies about Rush Limbaugh in Spanish-language ads - 09/17/08

The Barack Obama campaign has a new Spanish-language ad that features racial demagoguery and a distortion of Rush Limbaugh quotes. You can see the ad here: "They want us to forget the insults we've put up with, the intolerance," the television ad's announcer says in Spanish as a picture of Rush Limbaugh appears onscreen with quotes of him saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut...

Kevin Drum/Washington Monthly deletes yet another comment (Obama's Global Poverty Act) - 08/06/08

Kevin Drum obviously doesn't want his readers to know how much of a hack he is, since either he or someone else at Washington Monthly keep deleting comments from me and apparently from others as well. The latest in this long line was left earlier today on a post about Barack Obama's Global Poverty Act. It was left on washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_08/014237.php, which links to...

Banned by Alternet! - 07/29/08

A couple weeks back Alternet deleted a comment I left. Now, after having successfully left another comment, I've been banned. The comment that drove them over the edge is below. Alternet frequently posts articles supporting illegal immigration, and until the last two incidents I've been able to post a dozen or two comments pointing out issues with those posts without a problem. Due to the non-...

Alternet deletes comment (Kyle de Beausset, NCLR) - 07/15/08

I've left several comments on Alternet's immigration entries, and as far as I know none had been deleted until the last. That last comment was left on the entry "Minutemen Scream "F@$k You Brown Boy!" at Latinos Attending Obama Talk" by Kyle de Beausset (alternet.org/blogs/peek/91440). That post is just the latest in that leftwing site's long line of far-left articles supporting illegal...

Youtube's Citizentube blog doesn't want to hear from citizens, deletes all comments - 07/06/08

Youtube's "Citizentube" (citizentube.com) apparently doesn't want to hear from citizens, because that blog where they post promos for Youtube's political ventures has stopped allowing comments on their entries. They used to allow comments, but they've even gone as far as deleting all comments which were left on their past entries. I blame myself, since I pestered Youtube's Steve Grove by leaving...

PBS "Engage" deletes comment critical of Gwen Ifill - 06/30/08

[PBS re-posted my comment; see the update.] The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has a relatively new effort called "Engage" [1] in which they solicit feedback from their viewers. However, they only want the "right kind" of feedback and are willing to delete or ignore comments that are critical of their (public) network. In this particular case, a comment I left that was critical of Gwen Ifill...

Jake Tapper "news" is two months old; ABC News deletes comment pointing that out - 06/11/08

For an unknown reason, on June 10, 2008 Jake Tapper of ABC News posted an entry entitled "Dragged Kicking and Screaming, Tancredo Will Pull Lever for McCain". The reader might remember that from a couple months ago, yet Tapper posted it like it happened just recently and with no acknowledgement that it was old news (link). The Tancredo quote referencing Hillary Clinton as a contender should have...

Washington Monthly deletes yet another comment, again - 05/25/08

Washington Monthly has a habit of deleting comments I (and apparently others) leave there. Kevin Drum is apparently on vacation so I don't know whether he popped in just to delete the comment I left earlier today on this thread: washingtonmonthly. com/archives/individual/2008_05/013790.php. The author is "Hilzoy" of the blog "Obsidian Wings" who cross-posted it here: obsidianwings.blogs.com/...

Xeni Jardin/BoingBoing deletes comments - 05/01/08

Xeni Jardin is a lightweight supporter of illegal immigration and pseudo-hipster (tech division) who blogs at BoingBoing. She offers "Online game teaches immigrant kids about rights of due process" (boingboing.net/2008/05/01/online-game-teaches.html) about a video game which portrays a superhuman ICE agent oppressing people of color (and one young lady from Poland) over legal immigration edge...