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A Commenter Bestiary

For twenty years as a reporter and editor, I never worried about comments.

Sure, as a cub reporter, I used to die a thousand deaths every time a letter to the editor appeared in my newspaper that took issue with something I’d written. But it wasn’t long before I learned two things:

•1. In a newspaper there isn’t much room for letters to the editor - maybe a half-dozen per day. And very few of them, even after a big, controversial story, were about you; and,
•2. The editorial page editor is your best friend. In order to keep a balanced page, he or she is only going to run (at most) a couple letters about you - and even then will try to maintain a balance between the laudatory and the cutting . . .and leave the crazies out.
So, for the next twenty years, as a reporter, magazine writer and magazine editor, I never sweated the Letters to the Editor page. Even as an edito


Added: Apr-10-2009 Occurred On: Apr-10-2009
By: grayokc
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  • I'd like to add a category, though it could be a sub-category. "The Parent"

    They always begin with "I am a mother of 3..." or "I am a hard working mother who.."

    These "parents" always use this as a weapon when making a point. They believe they are going to one-up everyone in the comment section by being a parent. No matter the topic, it WILL somehow have an effect on their kids. They can be found anywhere but mostly have emotional outbursts on various More..

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  • I enjoyed reading this article. It was informative and humerous. Both are qualities like when I read.
    In the interest of clarity, greyokc, are you the writer, or is this written by someone else and you have decided to post it to share with us?

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  • Pat - pat - pat, good boy! You are doing such a good job.

    I though you might need a little encouragement. :)

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