BY BUDDY NEVINS
When I was at the Sun-Sentinel, a meeting was held about the vicious, racist comments appearing on the paper’s Internet page.
A number of the reporters and editors, just some of whom were black or Hispanic, were highly upset that the newspaper was giving a forum to bigots in its comments section. One of the suits at the paper was also upset, stating the bigots were damaging the Sun-Sentinel “brand,” i.e., reputation.
Before any steps were taken about the Internet comments, I took a buyout and left to enjoy my pension.
But it is obvious to me that the paper didn’t learn a thing in the past seven or so years.
The story concerning the trouble on Fort Lauderdale beach over the weekend, which was finally posted almost a day after the incident, is filled comments which are nothing more than racist tripe.
The above comment is only one example of the venomous garbage posted on the Sun-Sentinel’s website concerning the breakdown of law-and-order on both sides of the Intracoastal.
And its not the worst comment.
This garbage is exactly why a number of national magazines and newspapers have closed their comment sections. The Sun-Sentinel might want to consider monitoring the comments or discontinuing them.
I’m sure they don’t want their site a vehicle for hate.
Yes, fights were breaking out on the western side of the Las Olas Bridge and I’ve seen a photo of a smashed car window from a band of youths fighting in that area.
City Manager Lee Feldman and Mayor Jack Seiler are disgracefully downplaying of the incident.
When dozens get arrested and thousands of residents can’t leave their homes something is wrong and needs to be fixed….before the next holiday. July 4th?