By Stephen Pollard
November 24, 2009
It takes something to make the comment moderators at Comment is Free look like a model of taste and decency. That something is Press TV.
Here's how the TV station reports the helicopter crash in Israel this afternoon:
A helicopter goes down by the Israeli shore killing at least two of the
passengers, reports say, as investigators look into the cause of the incident.
The civilian aircraft crashed into the eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday,
"The bodies of two civilians were recovered from the
water," read the rescue team's statement on the incident near the central
Israeli city of Netanya.
Straightforward and unobjectionable.
And here are some of the comments:
Tue, 24 Nov 2009 14:01:55 GMTIts mere punishment for the illegal Gaza
blockade!Qassam advocateTue, 24 Nov 2009 14:00:49 GMT4 million more to go..Subhaan-LondonTue, 24 Nov 2009 13:58:50 GMTSubhaanallah!!!Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:49:09 GMTdid i see a gremlin?Tue, 24 Nov 2009 13:34:26 GMTno fly zone
We contacted Press TV. As we report:
Roshan Muhammed Salih, Press TV’s
London news editor, said the website was run from
the company’s headquarters in Tehran. He added: “The comments are
disgusting. [In Tehran] they have not got round to moderating
them. It’s incompetence more than anything.” Mr Salih said he would be contacting
the site moderators to ask for the comments to be removed.
But more than an hour later the
comments were still visible, with others being added throughout the
The point is not that the comments were there, with others being added all the time. It's that the site is now being moderated, from Tehran. Their own news editor has alerted them to the post. And no one there has lifted a finger to remove them.