Saturday, September 7, 2013
Standing up against anti-gay remarks violates the Times Union’s user agreement
After several e-mails the Times Union finally got back to me about their decision to remove my blog from their feed. This is what Bill Blotzfeild, Jax.com editor said:
Oh and the Times Union never covered the original story in the first place, something numerous other papers did. http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/gov-scott-wont-attend-his-three-day-education-summit/2138554
The RSS feeds we pull in are automated and in no way censored so we have to count on any RSS feed provider we feature to adhere to our user agreement, which in my opinion, you did not do.
So in his opinion I violated the user agreement. To refresh your memory I commented about some controversial remarks Gary Chartrand said at a recent education summit. Chartrand talked about Florida’s values and how we should avoid controversial subjects like homosexuality. I proposed Mr. Chartrand would feel better if gays stayed in the closet.
You can read the blog here: http://jaxkidsmatter.blogspot.com/2013/08/is-gary-chartrand-homophobic-too-union.html
To be honest gay rights is not a subject I cover on my blog. I wouldn’t have then either except Gary Chartrand is the chair of the state board of education. I however have been connected to the TU for the better part of three years, over 4000 posts and 82,000 links and none of them got me kicked off.
Which means the one time I write about our leaders anti-gay rhetoric gets me kicked off the site. The piece in question according to them violated their user agreement. I seems to me that the Times Union or at least Mr. Blotzfield would prefer gays stayed in the closet too.