Has Citypages crossed the line?

Yesterday a video circulated that allegedly showed several possible teenagers attacking pedestrians at random and today the story is
Police on the trail of attackers shown in YouTube video.

I ran across this video around 9am yesterday morning and chose not to post it for two reasons.

1) I felt it would bring out the racial trolls and create a hostile environment.
2) There is a chance it could be staged.

That said, Citypages posted the video under the inflammatory title City Pages hosts video yanked by punks who assaulted bystanders

Which I guess in and of itself is fine, but the comments that followed spill into several racially charged uses of the “N” word and several threats of violence and gun talk.

I can understand not filtering comments to allow free speech, but all speech has a limit.

I have to admit, I was bothered by the comments to the point that I had a hard time falling asleep last night and almost got out of bed to write this post, but I thought that maybe Citypages would clean them up by morning.

So tell me, has Citypages crossed the line?


5 Comments so far

  1. Art (unregistered) on November 18th, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    As a reputable news source, they have a responsibility to post the video. As for the comments–maybe they should have been moderated, but to what end? Who does it serve to silence the bigots? For as much as they energize each other, I feel like their outing of themselves as bigots energizes the anti-bigots (or the bigot bigots) just as much if not more. Plus, if the gun talk is credible, it gives the cops a little more to go on.

  2. ashley on November 18th, 2009 @ 9:52 am

    Several broadcast news stations showed the video also last night on prime time news, but i agree with organizations being responsible for moderating comments.

    I rarely read comments on things like YouTube… like someone wise once said, “Before the internet, the village idiot stayed in his village.”

  3. Erica M (ericam) on November 18th, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    As a reputable news source, they shouldn’t have fostered a hateful environment with that headline, especially since the fact that the kids are not white is automatically going to lead in to some racist shit.

  4. David (jacc) on November 18th, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

    To C.P.’s credit the last I checked they deleted all of the overtly racist comments.

    @Art – I’ve always felt the moderation line begins with threats, intimidation, racism, etc.
    @ashley – The Youtube comments were actually pretty tame, most everyone said they were going to inform the police.
    @Erica – Agreed

  5. david_mn (unregistered) on December 1st, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

    Who cares what the loony City Pages writes and what people comment? I haven’t seen the video nor do I watch the news, nor this type of situation is a surprise. The crime (which supposedly is at its 10 year low) is unthinkable for a civilized place. Time to stop trying to bust senators in bathrooms, hookers, and pot smokers and deal with real crime. Outsource prisons to Mexico and China if the local ones cant handle the demand or don’t produce the effect.

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