Wow.

There’s a lot of hate among readers of the Columbus Dispatch.

The paper published an article about a Dayton woman who sued her employer.  She alleges that she was fired because she voted for President Obama.  The company denies the allegations.  It’s an interesting case which raises a lot of legal issues, and we look forward to seeing how it plays out.

But that isn’t today’s story.

Today’s story is the reaction the article has received in the comments section of the Dispatch.

Here are some prime examples (just a subset, sadly).  They are presented uncorrected.  Word of warning, this is rough stuff.

They fall into a couple of general categories:

Category I.  People Who Hate Black People

BYRON CHAN (BCMANUTDDESI)

She was fired for being a *******!

 

JUSTIN IGGER (NIGSTOMPER)

**** on all the stinkynigs and liberals that voted for *********. Everyone who voted for that feral monkeyshine terd should be fired from their job since those same voters are voting this country and economy into ruin. Hows that dopey changey thing working for you? 85%+ of people who reside in the former USA are poorer than when this terd unseated the former White House. Chinas military is gaining on ours, We no longer can send astronauts to space,gays are marching,they are working on taking our guns from us,unemployment is 20%. My what a fine upstanding, noble, salt O the earth terd you are all mesmorized with.

 

LISA MARTIN (LISA2012)

Sorry but the gay ****** you voted for don’t care so quit crying…

 

JOHN REAVES (TEACHER26)

. . . As a Black American patriot and 20 year veteran (who never voted for that half&half imposter – not even the first time), I and my friends could care less about his place in history as the 1st Black president. For any White person to vote for Ovomit, after the clear racial bias that he wrote(?) in his book about his White grandmother, would be like a Black man voting for a KKK candidate. People who use ‘color’ as a reason to vote for ANYONE is stupid (of any color)- especially for one who revealed (during his 1st campaign) his destructive plans for this country, should be denied employment for any job. Should that ******* succeed, we are all in jeopardy of our freedom. Forget ‘color’. We need to unite and resist as American patriots, or we will surely lose those freedoms to a clear and present enemy.

Category Ia.  People Who Use Black Stereotypes, But at Least Have Enough Class to Avoid the N-Word

BUZZ COREY (CHIMES)

Is she black? NEVER expect a democrat to tell the truth.

 

NOTA SHEEPLE (NOTASHEEPLE)

Any obama voter has a mental disorder. Incompetence, Insanity or Intoxication are common grounds for termination. Many Obamites are definitely insane, many are intoxicated with near messianic worship issues. AND incompetence, well people who think getting something for nothing is incompetence in my book..

 

JOSEPH KOWALSKI (PASCAL1967)

She was fired for being STUPID enough to vote for such a piece of human garbage. Obama is the single worst person ever, and his fat-butt disgusting prostitute of a wife makes me sick. This dumb tramp should have been fired.

Category II.  Threats

 

RAY SEXAUER (RAYSEXAUER)

And rightfully do. Personally anyone that voted for Obama should be hung, shot, or deported.

 

ROBERT JOHNSON (PATRIOT1776)

Great job by the employer. If I found out that one of my employees voted for Obama, I’d terminate them on the spot. Obama’s policies are ruining the country and anybody who voted for the maggot has a sickening disregard for common sense. Liberalism is the one mental disorder I know of which deserves absolutely no sympathy or pity. Treason is a crime punishable by death, and as cowardly traitors, all liberals should be held accountable and face the ultimate punishment.

 

STEPHEN GOREY (VOLITANS)

Fired? Maybe she should have been lobotomized to avoid such sociopathic behavior in the future.

 

CARL ROBBINS (CARLROBBINS)

Good job . . . Roberta Gentile, you trimmed a piece of deadwood and much like the crazy boyfriend who tries to kill when spurned, uncovered a miscreant of the highest order. . . .

 

GUINNESS MCCARVER (NOLANAVYVET)

She should be shot for voting for the moron-in chief!!!

Category III.  Crazy Right Wing Conspiracies

 

JOHNNY PARKER (ELIAS777)

It was because she voted 6 times, as was the case all over Ohio and the company didnt want someone of ill repute.

 

EQU ALIZER (EQUALIZER123)

I own my company which does a lot of work for the Navy and the defense industry. . . . Obama voters to ME lack the ability to differentiate what is FACTUAL data and what is NOT FACTUAL but PROVIDED AS FACT by the news media. In my business, only the most discerning people will be selected to work for me because we work on many projects of a very specialized nature that REQUIRE people who quite frankly are intelligent and can see long term consequences of actions. By their very nature Obama people indicate they are taken MORE by a “cult of personality” and in fact do NOT choose to examine facts but to remain proudly impervious to them. These people are a tremendous risk because they pose the greatest threat of being ‘bought’ by those seeking to undermine the country or to steal corporate secrets. Why? Because these people were ‘bought’ by the Obama campaign. They chose him without QUESTIONING his background, or asking him for proof of his claims. I cant have someone like this working for me…

 

JAY VEE (JAYVEE777)

The business owner has no right firing obama voters because she didn’t build it. At least that’s what BroBama said. ***** Pig POTUS!!!

 

MIKKI DEAN (MIKKIDEAN)

Now she can use that Obama phone “full time.”

 

BARRY LEVY (BARRY1817)

. . . But no fear, obozo and his stash will take care of her, like so many on tape told us that they wouldn’t have to worry about mortgage, or gas for their cars because obozo was going to pay for all that out of his stash. You vote for it you get the results of your vote. live with it.

 

HOWMCNBS CNUTAK (HOWMCHBSCNUTAK)

Can anyone tell what obumer has done as an adult other than **** off the teet of the american tax payer?

 

JOSEPH L COOKE (JOSEPHLCOOKE)

She was fired for voting for BO the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, etc. times.

 

Category IIIa – Crazy Right Wing Conspiracies That Involve Obama Being Secretly Gay

LISA MARTIN (LISA2012)

The real danger to America is not gay Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a filthy gay muslim like him with the Presidency.  . . .  The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr.gay Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the gay fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. “The Republic can survive a gay Obama, who is, after all, merely a gay fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

 

JACK MATTER (JKNEWARK)

Obama had his secret weekend golf date with Reggie Love, Tiger Woods providing “Cover”. Now that the election is over, are Obama and Reggie officially dating now? When is Obama going to gather up some courage and finally come out of the closet? Obama: just like with your long form birth certificate and “Missing” passport documents, you are not fooling anyone.

Not every comment was bad.  For example, there is THIS , um, spirited response:

 

MARLIN SPEAR (MARLINS)

Uh, I’m a uber right-winger, but I have to say…The Columbus Dispatch website is the first one I’ve seen that shows what I assume to be Republicans, to be so filled with vitriol towards the President. Leave that “needs to be shot” junk to the psycho left, people! Show some class, and some respect for the office, if not the man. . . .  And save your energy for supporting our GREAT GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH.

This is disgraceful.  Truly shameful.  The First Amendment protects the most vile speech – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  But the Dispatch does not need to provide a forum for such garbage.

The Columbus Dispatch claims to be Ohio’s Greatest Paper.  Just ask them!   We have been critical in the past of what we perceive as a conservative bias in the Paper.  But maybe we have misjudged the Dispatch.  Instead of using its media power for Agenda Setting like the Drudge Report, perhaps the Dispatch is just giving it’s crazy, angry, right wing readership what it wants?

Most every week Editor Ben Marrison responds to reader comments.  (Many of the comments are Colbert Report worthy:  “Great newspaper, or greatest newspaper.”  But that’s enough post.)  In responding, he heaps praise on the readership just as much.  For example, last week: (February 17, 2013):   “Dispatch readers pay close attention to details, and you aren’t afraid to speak up when you see an inaccuracy or deem something unfair.”

We wonder what Marrison thinks of his readership now?  We challenge Marrison to address the nature of the comments to this article in his Sunday column.

Update: It seems that the Drudge Report linked to the article, and may have been driving a lot of the hate towards the paper.  Of course, this does not absolve the paper of any responsibility; it just makes our comment from last January prescient:  “One of the things we will be watching in the run-up to the 2016 elections here in Ohio is how the legacy media will use editorial choices to shape perceptions and set the agenda.  Will we wake up after the 2016 election and wonder how it happened that the Dispatch has more in common with Drudge than a real newspaper?”

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  • Brian

    I am glad you are pointing this out. I saw it last night and was shocked! I realize that the Dispatch’s demographic is old, white and right of center, but this is amazing!!

  • http://twitter.com/dcviper985 David Corey

    This surprises you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12430749 Tori Michel

    You should see what the comments on their post about Obama speaking at the OSU commencement look like.

  • namvetted68

    I’m amazed that the editors felt that it was in their interest to print these bizarre comments. The staff must have some purpose in mind but for the life of me I can’t imagine what that would be. If it were to point out the huge divide there is between people invested in a certain irrational ideology of race hatred and the rest of us, mission accomplished.

  • http://www.dougberger.net Doug B.

    That’s why I refused to scroll down to the comments in the Dispatch.

    I also notice that if women are the subject of an article the comments are just as nasty.

    The Dispatch should do what many places are doing, like the Toledo Blade, and switching to Facebook comments to limit the anonymous trolls

  • pb_dirtgirl

    It’s funny, because the Dispatch has been writing a lot lately about social media (Deb Terhar on Facebook, today’s article on Tweets from the State of the State and recently on the PUCO chairman’s anti-climate change twitter postings).

    But they really don’t seem to have a clue how to run a website ,unless their objective is to become a welcoming community of hate-mongers. In which case: well done.

  • DublinIrishBob

    You are surprised? Come on! This goes on all the time in The Dispatch. The paper does nothing to stop it. I really think they are just fanning the flames of hate.

  • http://ohio15th.blogspot.com StubbornLiberal

    I had to cancel the Dispatch because I could not support the public relations firm of John Kasich. The Republicans in Ohio need to crawl back into a hole with their hate and Fox-infused false information. Stand up against the hate and the propaganda.

  • TJsClone

    And so goes the tin-foil hat kook brigade.

  • http://twitter.com/Think270 Think.

    The Republican Party created a monster by rallying behind this base of voters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.curry.5074 John Curry

    Let’s see….doesn’t the Wolfe family own the Dispatch…as well as all the other media outlets in Franklin County?

  • pbrower2a

    Where did these people come from? Stormfront? The American Nasty Party?

    Some of these people do not understand that an employer has no right to dictate one’s vote in America. If an employer can direct an employee’s vote, then America has a pure plutocracy.

    I hope that employer is sued successfully for lost wages and steep punitive damages.

    Oh, by the way — so far President Obama is an above-average President. My investments are doing well.

  • pbrower2a

    Calling those people ‘conservatives’ is an insult to William F. Buckley. It is like calling Stalinists ‘liberal’.

  • duckmonkeyman

    Sounds like some Dispatch readers need an MRI. It is amazing the hatred and rage these people work up. The Republicans do a masterful job channeling it against teachers, seniors, young people, workers.

  • Maerzie

    Yes, but the comments in the “Dispatch” identify the ignorance and prejudice of the writers too. Most should be ashamed to announce that much hate, lack of humanity, and social ignorance to the world. These are the people who actually must believe they had something to do with CHOOSING their race and their color before their parents ever planted their seeds! There is no choice of what color or race we are born, but there is every choice in the book about staying ignorant or becoming educated. Shamefully, those commentors have CHOSEN to stay heteful and ignorant! Racism is the most obvious sign of ignorance!

  • Erik Nash

    With what ? A 50-150 ft. hurricane fan system? Those flames are starting get really high.

  • Hanhnibal

    I don’t see what good the Dispatch thinks can come of even showing these nasty comments. It doesn’t speak well for their readership.

  • Frank Pitz

    If folks (Like Doug B says) had to post their given name and/or a photo, I would imagine that a vast majority of the hate-filled posters would disappear.

  • Red Rover

    The First Amendment does not protect hate speech and threats of harm. These people should be hounded by the authorities.

  • WILLIAM PARSONS

    What Mr. Obama is doing is no different than what President Eisenhower has done: Put money into infrastructures.

    Guess Ike was a socialist….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1033822413 Todd Hawes

    Reasons that quit buying the Dispatch so long ago. They are such a right wing newspaper it’s not even funny. For a newspaper to allow the same rhetoric as Faux News is unreal. The attacks these comments have made shows nothing more than the true ignorance of the right.

  • dmoore2222

    Small minds for a small newspaper. It’s like they planned it that way when they went to this comic book format.

  • Eugene

    During the last election, the conservatives hosts on Fox Broadcasting such as Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, Cunningham and others had so many listeners turned against our government and Obama that callers to radio programs and letters– hated people not working, on welfare, homeless, gays and many other classes of people.
    This generation, no matter what its age group is more hateful of various economic groups due to the those traitorious pretending Americans who call themselves conservatives than anytime before.
    The Conservatives claim to resent their tax -money going to support the life styles of others.
    Past generations were glad to support schools, highways, taxes , property taxes , even though it was a constant topic , if it made everyone’s lives better. Not today. We don’t like anything, because we let others like the conservatives or tea party tell us what we should like, support , or believe.
    Why not vote everything that represents the Tea Party and Conservative agenda and then see where and with what we end up with.
    That’s the only way to put a stop to this political arrogance.

  • Nigstomper

    You dumb white libs either dont know or care how stupid and insane you are. After all the years whites have been called hateful and racist you keep it up while at the same time your white wimminz are burning coal, getting aids and being slaughtered because of the same diversity farce you insist on. You are the ones that are extreme and radical. Whites are destroying themselves by all the libs like you. You comment forever about any white who tells the truth and call them the KKK, nazis,white devils, demons on and on. Meanwhile it is over 10 times more likely a Black male will commit a violent crime or a murder in the US than a White male.Non whites dont give a damn how much you do for them. They will always say more needs to be done.There goal is to overrun and take this country for themselves and has nothing to do with being treated equally or fairly. You white libtards should go to China and insist that they have diversity since there country is 96% Chinese. It is only White countries were diversity is pushed, not just the US, but every White country CA,EU,RU,AU,NZ.Not only do blacks NOT love white women they HATE them. There muhdiking them has nothing to do with lub, but is a means to climb the ladder and show off and to slap whites in the face and destroy whites. They dont care about white women anymore than there 22″ rims and gold chains. It is over 12 times more likely a white female will get KILLED by her black mate than if she chooses her own white male kind for a mate. White liberals are the sickest and most wicked evil bastards on this globe, even more than the groids and non whites they coddle.

  • http://plunderbund.com Joseph

    And… to prove our point, Peter came here all the way from Minnesota to spread his racist lies and hate.

    For the record, DC isn’t even in the top 10 when it comes to violent crime rates. And Flint Michigan had the highest rate late year.

    You might want to update your racist talking points.

    And maybe have a talk with your pastor about all that hate in your heart.

  • peter carlson

    YOU ARE A LIAR. NOT IN THE TOP IS NOT TRUE AT ALL.

    In 2011 New York city had 515 murders.That cities population is 8.2 Million. In 2011 Washington DC had 108 murders and the cities population is 630,000. Per capita Washington is among the top 5 every year. So get your facts straight.

    You have no point oil driller. Detroit is solidly either 1 or 2 every year, DC was 13th for most murders in 2011 (108) and is among the most violent per capita. Other cities that are at the very top for violent crime are NY, Ooookland Ca,Los to Divershity CA. All of these shitys are filled with blacks and your belobed so called minorites. What is hate anyway driller? What is racist? If speaking the truth is than there is nothing wrong with it. 108 murders in DC in one year is massive considering its size, also considering that it is atleast 80% black and almost all of those Afrikkan Americoons are wealthy or well off with their Gubment jobs. The violent crime that whites commit is only a small fraction compared to non white crime. A black male is over 10 times more likely to commit a violent crime or murder than a white male. A hispanic male atleast 3 times more likely. And how about those shooting deaths that occur almost daily in Chimpcago IL.

    Almost exclusively blacks involved. Last summer 5 or 10 were killed Every weekend. The cops cant handle it. Detroit is such a war zone last fall the DPD told spectators that came to the coliseum to watch a sporting event to go straight to their cars and leave and to not enter the city after the game. You are a liar and dont need to try and fool me. The amount of proof of violence with non whites verses whites is staggering and so huge anyone who denies it is denying the truth or is fortunate enough to never see or live around non whites.The US cities that have the highest black populations have the most TOTAL murders every year. The 15 cities with the most murders in a year have the highest concentration of Blacks of any other cities in the US.And how about New Orleans LA. This is COPY AND PASTE directly from Wikipedia which is very largely liberal and yet still reports this….Across New Orleans, homicides peaked in 1994 at 86 murders per 100,000 residents.[129] By 2009, despite a 17% decrease in violent crime in the city, the homicide rate remained among the highest[130] in the United States, at between 55 and 64 per 100,000 residents.[131] In 2010, New Orleans was 49.1 per 100,000.[132] This is the highest rate among cities of 250,000 population or larger.[133] Offenders in New Orleans are almost exclusively black men, with 97% of the offenders being black and 95% being male.[134] THERE YOU GO LIAR.

    READ IT FOR YOURSELF, OFFENDERS ARE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY BLACK MEN WITH 97% BEING BLACK. AND YET YOU SAY I HAVE HATE IN MY HEART FOR TELLING THE TRUTH. 86 MURDERS PER 100,00 RESIDENTS IS MASSIVE. FU YOU LIAR. BY THE WAY DO YOU KNOW WHAT A OIL DRILLER IS?? IT IS A WHITE MALE THAT IS BEDDING A NEGROE WOMAN AND HAVING WEIRD LOOKING KIDS TO TRY AND SHOW HE NOT BE HATEBUL N RAYCISS N SHEET.

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