Have You Had Reader Comments Deleted and Has Facebook Powered Commenting Deterred Commenting?

BEING REPUBLISHED TODAY, 10/27/13, in light of known comments not making it to the Maine Sunday Telegram article on wind in Aroostook County. http://www.pressherald.com/news/Big_county__big_ambitions_for_wind_...

(First posted 4/19/13) after a number of problem instances.


This is an interesting article someone sent to me which discusses "Facebook Comments", the commenting system used by several of the media in Maine.

Use of this system has dramatically curtailed the number of comments and thus discourse in the public square.

Moreover, it lends itself to CENSORSHIP.

I have heard from several folks who have had their comments mysteriously disappear on Mike Tipping's blog in the Bangor Daily News. It seems that if Tipping or the BDN doesn't like how you think, your comment is removed. Nothing like being invited to say something, take time to say it and then have it confiscated. Confiscating others' work is of course viewed as a good thing by some. Maybe Tipping believes in confiscation of others' output?

Here is the article:


Meanwhile, here are places to report censorship and other media misdeeds:

1. Columbia Journalism Review's "Darts and Laurels"


Example: http://www.cjr.org/darts_and_laurels/darts_and_laurels_1.php








Other contact info:





You can also praise a media outlet here, where you see they've done a great job of note.




2. Columbia Journalism Review (Submit News Tip)






3. Editor & Publisher Magazine 


Editor & Publisher

17782 Cowan, Suite A

Irvine , CA 92614

Editorial Phone: (949) 660-6150

Editorial Fax: (949) 660-6172






Jeff Fleming

Editor in Chief


949-660-6150, Ext: 218


Kristina Ackermann

Managing Editor




Deena Higgs Nenad

Associate Editor




4. National Coalition Against Censorship 


275 7th Avenue, #1504

New York , NY 10001


tel: (212) 807 - 6222

fax: (212) 807 - 6245





Board and advisors: http://www.ncac.org/board-and-advisors



Email: ncac@ncac.org



5. Center For Democracy & Technology


CDT works to keep the Internet and communications technologies free of government censorship and content gatekeepers alike, and to extend the highest level of free speech protection afforded the Internet to all converged media. User choice and control over access to information are the key to protecting core First Amendment values while still addressing important social ills in the digital age. Through our advocacy, CDT seeks to maximize the ability of individuals to decide for themselves what they say, hear, publish, and access online.





Contact info: http://www.cdt.org/contact



6. Electronic Frontier Foundation 





Email: information@eff.org



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7. American Civil Liberties Union - Internet Censorship





Maine Civil Liberties Union


Executive Director: Shenna Bellows


401 Cumberland Avenue, Suite 105

Portland , ME 04101


Phone: (207) 774-5444 Fax: (207) 774-1103 | Email: info@mclu.org


Web: http://www.mclu.org





8. Poynter Institute - First Amendment / FOI Bibliography






9. Maine Press Association


To promote and foster high ethical standards ...






10. Al Diamon - Media Mutt





Email: aldiamon@herniahill.net

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on May 3, 2013 at 8:20pm

I have trouble with Facebook anyway. they will not delete me and let me reregister. It is like nobody ever answers my emails.

Comment by Penny Gray on April 20, 2013 at 8:46am

I've been censored by the BDN while using my real name.  My comments would appear and then later they'd disappear from the site.  Now I post using Facebook and have had no problem...yet.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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