Telegram Takes Down Comments on Message Board

Relating to the article in todays paper about Citizens for Fair Utilities, Jeff Herin had the comments taken off of this article at 10:30 this morning.  He said the reason was related to race issues being posted that had nothing to do with the ElectriCities issue.  Personally, I have been following the comments since last night, and I haven’t seen anything relating to race posted as a comment.  I told him that and he said he would check into it.  I also asked him to put the comments back up because a lot of great information was coming out of this peice: such as Why is ElectriCities hiring a big time Washington DC lobbying firm?  As a postscript, The Telegram can remove individual posts, they didn’t have to take the whole thing off!

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/group-airs-grievances-with-costs-of-utilities-511455.html

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(Posted Comment)

I saw no comments about race. What I saw was interesting:

One person pointed out that we need a plan and people said they like Darins suggestion about Utilities Commission.

One person said ElectriCities is still hiring – they got rid of two people and hired another communications person so they are really not getting rid of staff

One person said they hired another Lobbying Firm in DC. $30,000

One person said Sam Nobles needs to look at past issues – Clay Norris and Jesse Tilton cost us a million and spent millions in 1999 and 2000 and it was all a waste of money with nothing done.

One person said she sent all information to legislators and Members of Congress from this web site. (good idea)

I bet the reason they took comments down is the lobbying going on about the web blog bill. Electricities has been secretly working on it and they have been caught but a newspaper reporter gave out the information that Electricities did so they are probably scared. You are right, they can take down one comment. There were no comments about race at all. There have in the past and nothing was done. Why now? I suspect the paper is scared of the MULTI MILLION dollar lawyer at ElectriCities working on a bill to shut all of this down since he cannot handle the truth that he been caught.

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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2 Responses to Telegram Takes Down Comments on Message Board

  1. Tom says:

    I saw no comments about race. What I saw was interesting:

    One person pointed out that we need a plan and people said they like Darins suggestion about Utilities Commission.

    One person said ElectriCities is still hiring – they got rid of two people and hired another communications person so they are really not getting rid of staff

    One person said they hired another Lobbying Firm in DC. $30,000

    One person said Sam Nobles needs to look at past issues – Clay Norris and Jesse Tilton cost us a million and spent millions in 1999 and 2000 and it was all a waste of money with nothing done.

    One person said she sent all information to legislators and Members of Congress from this web site. (good idea)

    I bet the reason they took comments down is the lobbying going on about the web blog bill. Electricities has been secretly working on it and they have been caught but a newspaper reporter gave out the information that Electricities did so they are probably scared. You are right, they can take down one comment. There were no comments about race at all. There have in the past and nothing was done. Why now? I suspect the paper is scared of the MULTI MILLION dollar lawyer at ElectriCities working on a bill to shut all of this down since he cannot handle the truth that he been caught.

  2. Janice says:

    http://www2.talkingaboutpolitics.com/CommentDiscussionForum/tabid/59/ptid/412/page/2147483647/threadid/1478/forumtype/posts/Default.aspx

    http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/communities/herrin/entries/2009/03/26/the_waiting_is_the_hardest_par.html#comment-266225903

    By Tom

    March 26, 2009 10:13 PM | Link to this

    Mr. Herrin,

    I would like your thought as an editor as to SB 46 which would clog the courts with misdemeanors on bloggers who forget to say “in my opinion” or ” I think” or other disclaimers. Mike Colo with Poyner Spruill and ElectriCities “general counsel” has written comments to the press association’s attorney Hugh Stevens trying to work a deal. Why? Well, no idea why ElectriCities lobbyists and lawyers are spending OUR money on this exccept they do not like the blogging and Truth Telling. In my opinion, if something has been written that is not true or misconstrued, they have an obligation to correct it. Just like in every day situations. People gossip and exaggerate all the time. If something not right, say so. This bill puts the legal obligation on you. Perhaps you can call Mr. Stevens and ask why he is working with ElectriCities, if he is. Perhaps you can call Mike Colo and ask him how much he is billing for this and why ratepayers should pay for this in light of SERIOUS issues I assume demand attention. I also want to know whether the Board of ElectriCities or NCEMPA authorized this activity.

    I will wait to hear, as will others.

    Thank you, Tom Kinston, NC

    By Jeff

    March 30, 2009 11:28 AM | Link to this

    Hi Tom,

    We’re very much opposed to SB 46. One of the great (and sometimes, not-so-great) developments of the Web has been a free exchange of ideas with other people. Used responsibly, story commenting and blogs can bring new facts to light and offer readers enough insights to help them make informed decisions. What in the world is wrong with that?

    Here’s hoping SB 46 dies a very quick death.

    Jeff

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