Friday, August 8, 2014 – 03: 00 p.m.
Since its inception in 2009, InlandPolitics.com has attempted to foster open dialogue on a broad spectrum of issues affecting the Inland Empire.
InlandPolitics.com was created to bring a fresh perspective to politics and news in our region and, in doing so, has always respected the First Amendment rights of those who have joined in the conversation to express his or her unfettered opinion on a wide range of subject matters. As of today, InlandPolitics.com has 16,526 posts, with 34,756 comments since its creation, a most commendable achievement.
Sadly, over the past several months, the dialogue with respect to coverage of the prosecution of People v. Biane, otherwise known as “The Colonies Case”, has degenerated into insults and name calling, personal attacks, people commenting under multiple identities (holding conversations with themselves), and worse. Although these comments have been met with warnings, deletions, and the blocking of various IP addresses of posters deemed abusive, these efforts have not succeeded in stymieing the distasteful and offensive conduct of a few individuals who refuse to behave responsibly.
What transpired on Thursday, August 7, 2014, has essentially brought this issue to a head.
While InlandPolitics.com believes strongly in the constitutional right of free speech, there is a limit to what can be considered socially acceptable behavior and decorum. Moreover, given the importance of the decisions that will be made in the coming months that will permanently impact the lives of good people trying to do the right thing, InlandPolitics.com can no longer allow itself to be the platform for such vitriol.
With all of this in mind, and effective immediately, InlandPolitics.com will discontinue posting any matters, including comments, related to the prosecution of “The Colonies Case”.
Post-related discussion will now be on full moderation.
This decision was not made lightly, and is not meant to cast the bulk of our readers in a negative light. It does, however, demonstrate how a handful of irresponsible individuals can have a negative impact on open discussion, which is very regrettable.
Thank you for your continued readership and participation.