Washington Monthly deletes comment on post extolling "diversity of thought", openness
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.
The comment was deleted from , which is also a good example of how much of a sycophantic hack Steve Benen is. The comment is below, but first a sample of his sycophancy:
Throughout George W. Bush's presidency, White House staffers implemented what were generally called "Bubble Boy" policies. The goal was the shield the former president from those who may have disagreed with him or might ask him questions he didn't want to answer...
In contrast, consider Obama's approach to diversity of thought. The new president traveled to an economically-depressed community that voted heavily for his opponent in November. Tickets to the event were publicly available to anyone, no loyalty oaths or Democratic fealty required. White House staffers didn't check bumper-stickers for conservative messages, and there was no "blacklist" of Republicans who would be denied entry. There were no hand-picked questions and no hand-picked questioners.
So this is what it's like to have a president with the courage of his convictions, and the confidence to talk to Americans who may disagree with him. I'd almost forgotten.
On yet another ironic note, my first attempt to post the comment was met with a notice that I wasn't allowed to post comments; as it turns out they'd blacklisted the IP address I used. Some blacklists are more equal, etc. etc.
After changing IPs, I was able to post this comment:
Good to see WaMo standing up for diversity of thought. Perhaps they can explain why they have a habit of deleting on-topic, non-abusive comments from me and others. I've have around twenty comments deleted from this site, including three in one day.
They might delete this too because it tells you more than they want you to know, or they might leave it in place. But, it's not difficult to find the comments they deleted through a search.
 washingtonmonthly .com/archives/individual/2009_02/016814.php