Monday, April 12, 2010

The rhetoric of contempt, from Rwanda to NetsDaily; who's in charge?

Some rhetoric about the Nets and Brooklyn sounds disturbingly like the rhetoric that preceded the Rwandan genocide.

From Dances with Devils: A Journalist's Search for Truth, by Jacques Pauw:
A few months earlier, [Professor Leon Mugusera] had made a speech in the western prefecture of Gisenyi. Elizaphan quoted what the professor had said of Tutsis: "The vermin must be liquidated. Know that the person whose throat you do not cut now ill be the one who will cut yours. Wipe out this scum!"
From NetsDaily commenters regarding DDDB's Daniel Goldstein

i’m no fan of the Rat, but this Daniel Goldstein sounds like a real piece of work. i hope he gets not a penny more than what ECDC offers now. and his screams would be music to my ears. what scum.

by JohnY on Nov 17, 2009 1:12 AM EST

This guy Goldstein is a scumbag. He could have probably gotten 2 mill a year ago. I think its ironic that the appraisal on his home came in at 510G. I wouldnt doubt that MSG has been behind the legal part of the opposaition in secretly financing the delay for him as well. Lets hope we can finally get this thing done anmd begin to move it forward.

by BigEd on Nov 17, 2009 5:44 AM EST

Proky does need to comply with the laws of the US if he buys the Nets. DG is still scum either way.

by rundmc00 on Apr 11, 2010 8:37 AM EDT

From NetsDaily commenters regarding the team's current ownership

People, I love the Nets just like all of you, and have gone out year after year to support this team spending over a $1000 a season, and not sitting in the cheap seats patting my back at that, but don’t let these Ratner shills and scum like Yormark fool you or spit in your face.

by Mr. Dollar Bills on Aug 18, 2009 10:37 PM EDT

I’d call ratner the scum of the earth … but for him, that’s probably a compliment.

by brooklyn bob on Dec 2, 2008 10:59 PM EST

Who's in charge?

The commenters on the NetsDaily blog, of course, are pseudonymous.

The site is essentially run by two people. One is known as NetsDaily; he's the manager in charge (including oversight of comments), but not the more prolific poster; he does not express strong opinions about the Brooklyn move.

The other is known as NetIncome; he is the editor, the more prolific poster and commenter, and a highly opinionated, sometimes bullying supporter of the Brooklyn move.

Neither pay enough attention to the rhetoric. Is it because one of them has helped shape an atmosphere of significant animosity and both run a blog in which no named person is accountable?

Note that most of the comments above were made before NetsDaily joined SB Nation earlier this year, though they remain part of the backfile.

In response to a commenter who last December pointed out violations of "No personal attacks directed at other commenters" rule, NetsDaily responded, "Frankly, we aren’t able to review every single comment. One would need to work on this site full-time to review every comment, and at this point, no one is paying us to work on it."

They now get a revenue split of advertising, though, given the longstanding history of NetsDaily before joining the blog network SB Nation earlier this year, I can't say they're doing it for the money.

Still, they and the venture capital-based SB Nation might consider spending a few bucks on moderation of comments.

1 comment:

  1. This kind of hyperbole doesn't only exist on the blogs. The pro jobs folks were chanting "goldstein's got to go!!" at Senator Perkins Pratt hearing last summer. They weren't smiling at the time.

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