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POV | No Haven for Bigotry (4/17/14)

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One of the best things about the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice.

And one of the worst things about the Internet is…it gives everyone a voice.

After news stories detailed the actions of a violent gang of teenagers in downtown Louisville last month, people flooded the comments sections of local news websites -- including our own -- with thousands of posts.  Some were sad. Some were angry. And some offered constructive solutions.

But far too many were nothing but hate-filled, racist rants, intended to do nothing but insult and inflame through the use of vile slurs. Many of our more level-headed viewers were understandably upset to see such garbage displayed on our website, and even though the offending comments were later deleted, I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize.

WDRB.com offers a forum for comments in order to foster a civil discussion of local issues. But unfortunately, it's not possible for us to oversee the comments on our website every minute around the clock -- which means some incivility can slip through for a brief time.  

We do, however, monitor viewer comments as regularly and frequently as possible, and remove offensive material as soon as we become aware of it. Let me assure you we have no patience with bald-faced bigots, and no intention of being used by these people for their pin-headed, racist purposes in the future.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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