Thursday, July 26, 2007
Photo of splotchy Bill, dKosopedia.com (appropriately enough)
O'Really? This is rich. O'Reilly has been blasting DailyKos for some time (in addition to Media Matters), primarily using their comments sections as evidence that they are loony far-left "smear sites". As anyone who reads blogs regularly knows, many (including Greenlee Gazette) offer comments sections that are largely unmoderated.
Anybody can post there, and anybody does. Yes, it's possible to moderate the comments, but for huge sites like those, a herculean effort. Anyway, he's comparing Kos to Stalin and Hitler, and generally ripping them as though those comments are indicative of the entire site.
But, guess what? BillOreilly.com also offers a comments section. And unlike DailyKos (or most other sites), O'Reilly requires a credit card for registration before you can post. So these people are NOT anonymous, and guess what else? They're not nice people on loony far-right "smear sites" either! In fact, they're downright despicable, which is why this is happening:
BillOreilly.com Being Investigated by Secret Service
After seeing this post by John Aravosis on AmericaBlog, I was incensed and concerned at the same time. Here is the comment on O'Reilly's blog that crossed the line:
"If Hillary wins, I will be respectful of our leader. If you could read my thoughts, I would be on the SS [Secret Service] watch list. "
So, I did what a responsible person should do when they see something like this on a blog. I called the Secret Service to report it. This comment isn't about politics or defaming Senator Clinton. It outright states a threat to her life. It is unacceptable.
The Secret Service, who does an amazing job protecting their subjects, were very professional. The first person I spoke to transferred me to another person. Initially, she dismissed my comments. But, when I read her the comment and suggested that the person could be easily identified, she took me much more seriously. She called back minutes later, asking me to talk to someone else. That agent took the information and said that he would refer it to their Internet team.
It is a completely different discussion to have when debating the appropriateness of offensive comments. This, however is not a part of that discussion. When the life of anyone is threatened in any part of our corner of the internet, we should take appropriate action.
This article was short, so I've excerpted the whole thing here, but please go to HuffingtonPost.com, and take a gander at the comments going down over there! FYI, the link to AmericaBlog in the excerpt above will show you several more damning comments that the Secret Service will probably take just as seriously.