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Crime & Punishment: Bristol Officials Angry Over Internet Comments
Officials in Bristol are asking the Bristol Press to stop allowing visitors to its website to leave comments anonymously. Local politics have been contentious recently over everything from city worker contracts to fines for the landlords of properties that rack up emergency calls, causing some to air their frustration in the newspaper's online forums. Mayor Art Ward went so far as to say the paper is "not doing anything positive for the community." (Ward, a beacon of positivity, once told a city councilman to "shut the fuck up" at a public meeting and then claimed he hadn't until the Bristol Press produced a video of the comment.) So what kind of vitriol did the trolls and haters on bristolpress.com spew in response to this? "The government should never tell the press what to do. That's what this country was founded on." "Politicians crying is not going to make Bristol better." "If the city's leaders are worried about negative comments then, it is up to THEM to fix the problem which led to the negative comments."
By Nick Keppler
September 24, 2013