Retiring Ohio congressman hates commenters

U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette decided not to run for re-election this year. One thing he won't miss about his old job? commenters, he tells Plain Dealer reporter Sabrina Eaton.

"What I won't miss are the 20 people in their pajamas who go on anonymously and feel that the world is just dying for their snarky, stupid comments," LaTourette said during an interview today.

The comments on the piece, which LaTourette agreed would be "bait," are lively. "There are more than 20 people who posted on this article alone," one wrote.

Related: Yale professor Stephen L. Carter on anonymous commenters (Bloomberg View) | Anonymous comments can be ‘a frothing, bubbling cauldron of insanity’ (Poynter) | Why we’ll never stop struggling over comment sections (Poynter)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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