Let's play a game called, "Figure out the Helena Independent Record's automatic comment filter function."
The IR published a story about former MT Tea Party president Tim Ravndal's accusations of corruption in the halls of Broadwater County today: http://helenair.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/fleiner-under-investiga...
The story doesn't mention Ravndal's colorful history as a right-wing political troll, nor does it source the report mentioned in the story beyond, "a coalition of concerned citizens". (Very interesting given Mr. Ravndal's previous employment as grassroots coordinator of the now disgraced right-wing front group the "Western Tradition Partnership." You may recall that WTP attempted to hide it's supporter's political work behind the veil of it's 501c4 tax status, only to have the covers pulled off after documents found in a crack house raid documented how money to be spend on "education" was in fact, spent on running attack campaigns against various Montana politicians and officeholders).
Anyhoo...I attempted to post the following comment in the IR's comment section, only to have it refused to be printed because it "contained obscenity."
It's interesting that Mr. Ravndal is so concerned with due process. He's on record for his colorful comments about gay people -- "I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.” (referring here to the murder of Matthew Sheppard). Further, his work as the "'director of grassroots coalitions' for former GOP state Rep. John Sinrud’s group Western Tradition Partnership" has involved violations of Montana's campaign finance laws leading the Montana State Supreme Court to conclude that the group represented "a threat to the political marketplace" and that has operated in complete disregard of the laws of Montana.I'm curious about the backstory here. Mr. Ravndal's record clearly indicates he does not act unless it ensures headlines for himself and his various causes.
So trying again:
Why was the "report" anonymous? Does Mr. Ravndal have something to hide, again? I'm surprised the article doesn't mention Mr. Ravndal's longstanding history as a political rabble-rouser (he was fired from the MT Tea Party for advocating violence against gay people). I'm left wondering what the real story is, and what Mr. Ravndal's real agenda is. He used to work with the infamous Western Tradition Partnership, a front-group for right-wing donor's who didn't want their names connected with political smear campaigns. Who is he fronting for now? I admire his bravery (or foolishness). He has exposed himself to a libel tort if his facts don't add up. But I guess that doesn't scare whistleblowers like Mr. Ravndal, Bradley Manning, or Edward Snowden who clearly act out of a higher sense of purpose than mere elected officials.
Both produced the following: "Your comment cannot be accepted due to the presence of profanity. Please remove any objectionable content from your comment and try again."
I'm looking for the obscenity. I can't find it. Maybe you can.
The IR's comment function is so broken as to be worse than useless. Like it's online event calendar (where you can't post an event for review by IR staff), I'm not sure why it's there. Except maybe to be an example of how not to run an interactive forum that might be a source of income.