A Message to Readers: FWW Does Not Censor
There has been a growing concern from readers that a couple of comments from a writer identified only as “frustrated” regarding the latest on the Fort Worth school district and its handling of the Joe Palazzolo whistle-blower case were removed by this paper. Not so. First let me say, we at the Weekly are vigorously opposed to censorship and would lay down our lives to protect the First Amendment. Therefore, as the writer of the blotch that drew comments from “frustrated” I have been trying to find out what happened to her posts, two of which fell into what she is calling “cyberspace cemetary.” Our publisher, Lee Newquist told me that no one at the Weekly deleted “frustrated’s” comments. Only he and one other person have permission to do so and only if the comments are “overly offensive” — and you readers can tell from the comments on all of our stories and especially the Palazzolo drama that the bar is set very low for that criteria. We simply do not mess with folks right to free speech. We have asked “frustrated” to repost the comments. What happened then? We simply do not know. It has not happened before. With apologies to frustrated and to all of you out there who value the First Amendment.