My post on the unlikely friendship between Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy and Campus Pride executive director Shane Windmeyer prompted GetReligion reader Joel to comment:
I’ve seen it pointed out that these days, the real story is to be found in the comments on a story. The comments on the HuffPo piece seem to bear that out depressingly.
I don’t know about that philosophy, Joel. My motto is: “Never read the comments.” Except on GetReligion, of course.
I was half-joking but half-serious.
The journalism website Poynter.org noted this past fall that NPR and other news organizations were tightening comment moderation to improve conversation.
In a survey of readers, NPR received this feedback on comments: