I’m gonna come clean. My NJ.com “handle” is Overtaxed15. You can see I’m an active commenter at their site (I’d provide a link, but their new comment system doesn’t allow that). Except, I’m way more active than they give me credit for, because the vast majority of my comments end up in /dev/null.
It’s not that I’m rude. Or crude. Or obnoxious (well, *sometimes*…) Nope. It’s just that I don’t toe the ultra-progressive line. And I call hypocrisy when I see it. That’s a cardinal sin at Tom Moran’s Star-Ledger, and my comments can’t stand.
Take Tommie The Commie’s latest editorial. (Please!) In it he laments Bob Menendez’s ethical lapses, but says Bob Hugin (the GOP challenger) is far worse. As if. Bob Hugin took bribes, or consorted with underage prostitutes. But Menendez is a Democrat, and so Moran and the Star-Ledger must defend him, no matter what.
Which is what I said when I wrote:
Shorter Tom Moran: Menendez is a scumbag, but he’s my team’s scumbag.
The inevitable Star-Ledger endorsement editorial kinda flows from there.
Go ahead, tell me what’s “offensive” about that comment.
Nonetheless, it got hit with the dreaded “Content Disabled” tag.
I’d blame you directly but I hardly believe you police your own comment threads. That job probably falls to a 20-something Womyn’s Studies major with a subscription to The Journolist. It’s a miracle anything I say survives at all!
So Tommie, if you’ve read this far, read on.
I first encountered the Star-Ledger when you guys bought the Newark Evening News. I was a carrier for the News, running out to deliver the paper after school. I guess my dad bought the Ledger every day, but the only paper I remember being in our house was the Daily News (and look at what happened to them). Oh, right, I had to pick up the Racing Form too. Anyway, I switched to delivering the Herald News, because it was the last of the afternoon papers and I’m not really a morning person. Eventually he Herald News got subsumed into the Bergen Record, and well, I got a Real Job. But my newspaper bona fides are there. I remember Friday nights watching my dad and my uncles bowling and having to run to the corner to get the one-star Daily News at 11:30 so they could check the number. I even wrote up little league sports for the Verona Cedar Grove Times. So yeah, like you Tommie, newspapers are in my blood.
Naturally I subscribed to home delivery of the Star-Ledger. Being a former paper boy I tipped real good too. (Honest, you could look it up, if your accounting department keeps track of that sort of thing.) But then Tommie you launched a vendetta against my friend Archbishop Myers. Oh you could’ve disagreed with him conceptually, but no, you had to make it personal. When you invoked the spirit of your dead mother to slander him, that’s when I cancelled my subscription. Dude, c’mon, that was beyond the pale.
But you’re the only game in town and so I lurked around NJ.com. And I created “Overtaxed15,” so I could respond to your left-wing machinations. Under the old comment system my words of wisdom just disappeared, because it’s your sandbox and you don’t like it when people call out your mendacity. But I gotta say, when I coined the name “Tyler Jo Clementi McAllister” that was a stroke of genius, even if almost no one saw it thanks to your censorship.
But with your site’s transition to Viafora it’s now blatantly obvious just how much you censor the comment boards. My stuff regularly gets dinged as “Content Disabled.” But scrolling thru I see far too many reasonable, yet anti-progressive comments grayed out, because they’re disabled too. You guys are determined to maintain an echo chamber, except the pool of sycophants keeps shrinking.
How do I know you’re circling the drain? The ads. Sorry Tommie but I have to access NJ.com with an ad blocker enabled now. I was willing to throw you some click-crumbs, but geez, every damn day I got shanghaied with another Microsoft support scam. Or a You Have Already Won An iPhone scam. Or a Walmart / Amazon gift card scam. Dude, run some reputable ads. You’re worse than the Puffington Host, or Townhall.com.
So if you’ve read this far, here’s some friendly advice. Lighten up. You and Salant need to calm down. Trump is not the anti-Christ. There’s room in New Jersey for people who have diverse views. I know you value “diversity,” you say it all the time. Unfortunately you can’t believe there are actually decent, reasonable, respectable people out there who disagree with you. There’s a word for that — hubris — and you’d do well to ruminate on the implications of your monolithic worldview.
Or not. Keep on keeping on Mr. Moran, and sooner rather than later your newspaper will go tits up. I won’t shed a tear. And frankly I’m glad I don’t contribute one thin dime to your salary, you don’t deserve my money. But when you’re gone the people of New Jersey will wonder what might have been, if only the journalists entrusted with keeping them informed had not chosen to take a side and delight in alienating half of their audience.