A columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer says she looks forward “to the day when news organizations start to ban anonymous comments on their Web sites.” She continues:
Maybe that’s the foolish optimist in me, but I want to believe that we will finally admit — to ourselves and to the public at large — that allowing people to hide behind anonymity has not been good for our industry, our culture or our country.
I couldn’t agree more. I have long found it hard to believe that newspapers, which place so much stock in accountability, would tolerate the publishing of unsigned, half-baked rants whose only purpose is to move public opinion toward the (anonymous) writer’s beliefs. Newspapers should end this practice now. Immediately. Today.
After all, would anyone really miss the editorials?