'LAT is committed to allowing an online discussion,' but...

Los Angeles Times | Yakima Herald-Republic

On Thursday afternoon, comments on an article about Israel firing on pro-Palestinian protesters were "restricted" -- meaning they're only posted with a moderator's approval. "As with many stories about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the comments had moved far beyond the news report and had devolved into personal attacks and hateful speech," writes Los Angeles Times readers' rep Deirdre Edgar. || Meanwhile, the Yakima Herald-Republic suspended comments this week and announced that it will be testing a new system that requires commenters to use their real names.

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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