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08/20/2008

Video: Michelangelo and a 'Da Vinci Code' foe

by Jeremy Hooper

On Monday we told you how the Catholic League's Bill Donohue is lashing out against Andy Towle's Towelroad site, because he doesn't think the gay blog should've been credentialed for the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Well on his show yesterday, longtime activist and current Sirius radio host Michelangelo Signorile questioned Donohue about the matter. Let's now listen in:

(NSFW warning: There are several uses of the term "kid-f**king" peppered throughout the clips)


You know, we went into it expecting to be most annoyed about the gay-unfriendliness. However, it might be the suggestion that Andy should ban comments that just might annoy us more. A website owner is in no way responsible for their readers' expressed opinions, and they have no responsibility to limit comments unless such are personally harassing, threatening, privacy-invading, violence-inciting, or something equally out-of-line (and even then it's murky territory). Mr. Donohue's suggestion that limiting others' views is the correct way to proceed is not only annoying, but also gives great insight into a man who's made a name for himself by trying to shut down quips, comments, and people that he personally finds objectionable.

But of course the anti-gay views (and attempts to link gays to pedophiles) are also pretty annoying too.

In the Jaws of the Pit Bull [Signorile]

*Headline note: Donohue was an outspoken opponent of both the book and fiml version of The Da Vinci Code.

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Your thoughts

Well, Donohue is correct that some blogs do disallow or completely moderate comments. But they're probably in the minority. He doesn't "get" what the blogosphere is, and for the most part it's dialogue and exchange. Most bloggers allow considerable latitude in comments and there's nothing wrong with that. It appears what Donohue really has a problem with if "freedom." Go figure.

Posted by: Greg | Aug 20, 2008 2:13:37 PM

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