A Letter From The Editors
Yesterday morning the League’s editorial staff removed a post on one of our site’s blogs. We did this because we felt the post did not reflect the commitment to open discourse and quality the League wishes to foster.
The League has always been about allowing a variety of different viewpoints to be expressed and argued. The contributors here may not agree on much, but they agree on this: Reasoned arguments meant to persuade or at least shed light on different viewpoints are welcome and encouraged, even when we do not personally agree with them. Because of this we are loath to remove any post made by a contributor.
However, the post in question did not appear to be making an argument at all, but rather a somewhat cryptic statement; everyone we heard from interpreted that message to be both inflammatory and offensive. Whether the post was actually meant to be offensive and inflammatory was, we decided, immaterial. The interpretation assumed by all the readers we heard from may or may not not have been what the writer had intended, but it should have been obvious to him that it was the interpretation people would take away. In either case, we believed that it was entirely inappropriate and removed the post – one of the first times we have ever taken such an action.
As you may have guessed by now, we’re not going to detail what was in the post here, and this is for the obvious reason: We don’t wish to throw gasoline on a fire that was already providing heat but no light.
Finally, we’d like add that if you read the post and were offended, you have our most sincere apologies.
Signed – Erik Kain, Mark Thompson, Jason Kuznicki, Tod Kelly