…there was the offering from Mark from Pennsylvania, who declared that it was “great your reporter got body slammed. I’d punch him in the nose.” Or Dennis from Dallas, Texas who said that Jacobs was at fault as he “shouldn’t poke his recorder in the face of someone” – a reference to the question he asked Gianforte relating to the CBO score for the repeal of Obamacare.
Dennis went on to say that the Guardian’s reporter “was confrontational and got his (_,_) kicked. There is a reason that the public’s opinion of the press ranks lower than that of Congress”.
*gets more popcorn*
The common denominator of all these emails was that they effectively condoned attacking a working journalist. More striking still was the fact that many of the people expressing such tacit approval of violence did so openly, apparently under their own names, even in some cases disclosing their home addresses and phone numbers.
I guess they haven’t forgotten Clark County.
The Cyberbullying Research Center has studied the bullying behavior largely of adolescents over the past 17 years, and has observed a subtle but important shift.
At first, teenagers were careful to maintain their anonymity, adopting pseudonyms online as they carried out their campaigns of disparagement and denigration. But more recently researchers have found an increased willingness among the bullies to speak out openly in public.
“People are becoming emboldened now to say publicly what they want to say under their own names,” said Justin Patchin, the center’s co-director.
Of course they are.
If you’re going to be called a racist, sexist, colonial bigot for even expressing the mildest criticism of open borders policy, or a misogynistic right wing demagogue for suggesting multiple abortions on the taxpayer dime aren’t the fruits of civilisation we were promised, all bets are off.
Might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb….