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Palo Alto Weekly Censors Negative Comments about Bush, War & Rumsfeld

Original post made by Palo Alto Resident on Nov 5, 2007

Is the Palo Alto Weekly falling suspect to the same lack of truthful reporting the country saw in the aftermath of 9/11 and in the attacks on Iraq?

My list of adjectives negatively portraying President Bush were completely removed.

And the topic on Rumsfeld having a court action filed against him for crimes against humanity has been locked against comments - except the two comments who mentioned that it didn't mattered stayed on unedited.

Why? Is the Weekly not permitted the free expression of ideas? Or simply playing along refusing to fearing accusations of being "unpatriotic"?

We're all past that. I'm disheartened to see the Weekly succumbing to a completely failed medium of community expression.

Comments (10)

Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 5, 2007 at 7:17 pm

My best guess is that your adjectives and accusations make no sense.

Posted by Palo Alto Resident, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 5, 2007 at 7:20 pm


We all know you're in favor of the war and you like Rumseld, so you probably enjoyed the censorship.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2007 at 3:29 am

Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.
Anyone who sees a pro-Bush, pro-Rumsfeld bias in editing here is smoking something.

Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 6, 2007 at 5:59 am

Actually, I hadn't even noticed it, until you brought it up. Of course, I probably wouldn't have paid much attention if it hadn't been pulled. Rants against Bush or Rumsfeld seems boorish at best, lacking in intelligence, and generally devoid of fact.

Posted by Proud liberal, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2007 at 7:00 am

Gary--Basically what you are saying is that any criticism of Bush/Rumsfeld is considered a "rant" and therefore are "boorish at best, lacking in intelligence, and generally devoid of fact".
That sounds like the party line regarding criticism of this administration.

What about rants by O'Reilly, Coulter and Limbaugh for example? I guess they toe the party line so they are always factual and intelligent.

Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 6, 2007 at 7:09 am

No, Proud Liberal, not all critcism, just most of the stuff I hear. Rarely is there any basis in fact for these rants. Even then it is so poorly argued that it demonstrates the lack of intelligence of its maker.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2007 at 9:13 am

Criticism of a specific policy is necessary to the function of a free society. Personal attacks on personalities facilitate demagoggary.

Posted by deal??, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Well said, Walter, and i am sure that is why the thread was pulled..more of the same name-calling that we have gone around and around on for over a year..nothing new, just a re-hashing of a rant.

I hope that the next time something goes up like this, we all just ignore it, so that it is US simply letting it die, not the PA Online staff killing it. THAT would be a better approach..let the rants echo amongst themselves.

On the other hand, specific facts with resultant opinions I am always interested in discussing.

Posted by Palo Atlo Resident, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 7, 2007 at 9:35 am

Sadly, once again the Weekly removed my list of adjectives truthfully and accurately describing Bush and his administration. No surprise the Weekly like many of the media have succumbed to false fears of appearing "unpatriotic."

It's no wonder China will pull ahead of the U.S. globally. It's not wonder the practice of warrantless wiretapping and torture continues. It's because of spineless publications like the Weekly!

Posted by a, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 7, 2007 at 9:39 am

Cats, dogs, gardening and the weather is all the Weekly is really good for. Community chit chat. Never mind the truth.

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