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Via dicentra, the Z-Man on the ongoing disappearance of mainstream media comment sections

The reason news sites are killing off comment sections is two-fold. One, it is usually where you get the bits of the news story our betters edited out in order to maintain the narrative. The “Minnesota man” in the story is identified in the comments as Jorge Gonzalez, an illegal from Guadalajara. It’s where the “suspect wearing a red shirt” is identified as a black guy named T’Q’ull Ferguson with a Facebook page full of pics of him holding a handgun and a bong. The comment sections have become a leak in the system. The other problem, especially for opinion sites like the Spectator, is the comments have become the place that makes the writers cry. Sure, there’s lots of inane chatter, but it is also where some smart people post corrections and point out the many glaring logical errors. [Opinion writers] have fragile psyches, so seeing their mistakes highlighted for everyone to see, right under their posts, is a source of constant distress.

Ed Driscoll has more. See also this

Somewhat related, Christopher Snowdon on Oxfam’s dishonesties

If you look at the BBC’s inequality report you will find no challenge, no rebuttal and no response from anybody who disagrees with Oxfam’s warped interpretation of the data. Whether it knows it or not, the BBC is complicit in the fabrication.

Thomas Sowell suggests some election year reading

If you are concerned about issues involved when some people want to expand the welfare state and others want to contract it, then one of the most relevant and insightful books is Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple. What makes Life at the Bottom especially relevant and valuable is that it is about the actual consequences of the welfare state in England -- which are remarkably similar to the consequences in the United States. Many Americans may find it easier to think straight about what happens, when it is in a country where the welfare recipients are overwhelmingly whites, so that their behaviour cannot be explained away by “a legacy of slavery” or “institutional racism,” or other such evasions of facts in the United States. As Dr Dalrymple says: “It will come as a surprise to American readers, perhaps, to learn that the majority of the British underclass is white, and that it demonstrates all the same social pathology as the black underclass in America -- for very similar reasons, of course.” That reason is the welfare state, and the attitudes and behaviour it promotes and subsidises.

And Katherine Timpf on that quality education you’re spending so much money on

[University of Colorado political science sophomore] Peyton Smith reported that the professor… decided to begin the semester by shaming the United States military, and saying that the outcome of the Brexit vote is going to destroy the future for young people. The professor also attributed the (supposed) gender wage gap to the fact that the Constitution fails to mention women. “I was then baffled when he even called American patriotism ‘foolish,’” Smith writes. 

Somewhat related to that, readers may recall Michigan State’s tenured professor of creative writing, William Penn, whose first lesson of the year was caught on camera in eye-widening detail.

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