A Letter to the Editors failing at their jobs
The press is full of hateful bilge about LGBTI folk and our families, and nowhere is it worse than in the Letters pages, and the Comments sections of online articles. To say nothing of opinion columns and blogs.
The Editors have abandoned their duty to police the hatred, vilification, the slander of whole communities. They have abandoned careful moderation of online comments.
It’s hunting season, and we are the prey.
Some of this stuff, if written in conventional correspondence, would invite prosecution for writing poison pen letters. Now the poison sprayers have been unleashed, and run amok.
I wrote to the Letters to the Editor page at several major outlets as follows:
I have been shocked, hurt and angered by the words some people choose to use in the debate over a fair go and equal marriage, in articles, and especially in posts, letters and comments.
Please, before you hit ‘send’ next time, take a moment to search and replace the words ‘gay’, or ‘same-sex’, or whichever term you have used, with the word ‘black’, or ‘Jew’.
Does it now sound racist, prejudiced, bigoted? Then it almost certainly is. Please, if so, keep it to yourself.