Over at TalkAmarillo, the official Amarillo Globe-Republican-sponsored bulletin board, "unkown" continues to call Cindy Sheehan a "bitch" over and over and over. Sometimes he softens his language to "bit*ch" (seriously) when, I guess, his mother is reading over his shoulder as he posts.
Personally, I'm offended more by his utter lack of creativity than by his potty mouth:
UNKOWN: "Cindy Sheehan, the bit*ch is back."
SANE PERSON: Uh, can you dial that back a bit? She lost her son. Also, you're using demeaning, sexist language.
UNKOWN: "To [sic] strong a word? Then use the following: A mallicious [sic], selfish, difficult, unpleasant, complaining woman."
SANE PERSON: Can we talk about the issues?
Until yesterday, almost every other thread on TalkAmarillo had been started by "Unkown" and condemned Sheehan as a "bitch". Most of these threads have been removed, but not all (lesson learned: start screen-shooting TalkAmarillo). I did not notice a significant difference in the content of the removed posts from the posts that the administrator left. This suggests two things to me:
- The Amarillo Globe-Republican is taking responsbility for the content of TalkAmarillo, but:
- The AG-R does not have a problem with Cindy Sheehan being referred to as a "bitch"; they just would rather not see that word too often. In other words the problem, for the AG-R is quantitative, not qualitative.