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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
So there are a couple of things to consider here...
1. Comments are unique to the internet - The first thing you have to remember is comments sections are something unique to the Internet. In the pre-Internet days there wasn't really any way you could comment on a media article. When comment sections were first invented they were a novelty and a way to draw users to their websites, but now they have taken on a life of their own. Some think the 'Mud Pit' is bad here on ATS. Well, comment sections are ALWAYS the mud-pit on websites, but usually much, much, worse!
2. Media has long been the voice of the left - If you look back through history you will see the media has long been the voice of the establishment opposition. There was a time when this was a good thing. Information has always meant power, and the media was a way to combat this. Now, with the Internet, things have swung all the way to the opposite end of the spectrum. Now the media is no longer exposing skeletons in the establishment closets, but rather creating them. In other words, they're not exposing the narrative, they're creating it.
3. Trying to piss you off by deleting your comment - Because comment sections have taken on their own life (see #1), and media outlets know this, they have become 'weaponized'. Media outlets know many just read a headline and then go straight for the comments section now. Remember, it's the age of Twitter and Fail-Book. So, they are now being tactical in how they control the narrative, and using the comments sections to manage the narrative just like the main article. In addition, the media are actively trying to create a vitriolic atmosphere by doing exactly what you cited in the OP...deleting rational thought. They don't WANT rational thought, they want hyper-vitriol. Rational thought isn't news worthy. They want to piss you off to the point where you're ready to fight, because fighting is newsworthy (read: it sells advertising).
Bottom line; don't let 'em get to ya! And, believe me, they're trying! Your OP is a great example of just how they do it, and an inside look at exactly how. They got inside your head.