I just wanted to quickly address a topic that I have been asked about a lot lately – censorship.
There are some people that read this website very often and insist that I go through the hundreds of comments that are posted on stories and erase those that some people find offensive or disagree with.
From time to time I have erased comments that threaten me or others. Other times, when there is risk of some type of harm. A lot of my readers lean to the left and want me to act like Mark Zuckerberg or Jack from the old Twitter. They want me to assume the title of “fact-checker” and “First Amendment police officer.” I choose to be neither of those things, and you have to remember something – I was permanently banned from Facebook for advocating for the first and second amendments. I was censored by Mark Zuckerberg who declared himself the king of everything that is true and relevant.
Believe it or not, there are even some of my readers on the right that want me to censor free speech.
Yes, there have been some comments on my articles that have contained vile statements, bad language, or other offensive material. I agree with you. But I am a huge supporter of the First Amendment and I choose not to spend so much of my precious time moderating the comment section.
Although I do earn some money with KCE, I don’t earn enough to check my phone once an hour for comments that some people find offensive. Also, my website does not work like other social media sites where I can simply “ban” someone. The Kenosha News used to allow letters to the editor from people anonymously, remember that? Several years ago they removed that option and required people to provide the Kenosha News with their name, address, and phone number. I will never require such information and will always allow people to post anonymously. This encourages a more spirited and candid debate and eliminates the possibility of some community members being canceled by writing something that others don’t agree with.
There are some prominent public figures, business owners, and even politicians that I know participate in the comment section of this website. They are less restricted and can feel assured that they can state their opinion without fear of retribution.
For those of you who don’t like some of the comments in that section, I suggest that you skip over it. You have to scroll pretty far down in order to see those comments.
It is not my intention to alienate any of my readers, but I simply refuse to decide unilaterally whose comments are worthy of contributing to a discussion, and whose are not. I have noticed that some people who say things that are very questionable, are naturally policed by other contributors to the comment section.
I’m sorry for those of you who disagree with this decision but I can’t in good conscious remove somebody’s voice because I don’t agree with it or somebody else doesn’t agree with it.
I hope you understand, and thank you to everybody who takes time out of your day to read the content on KCE.
Kevin E. Mathewson