A while back on my other blog, Climate Skeptic, I wrote vis a vis my policy not to moderate the comments except for outright spam (which is also my same policy on this blog):
It might have been that 10 years ago or even 5 that visitors would be surprised and shocked by the actions of certain trolls on the site. But I would expect that anyone, by now, who spends time in blog comment sections knows the drill "” that blog comments can be a free-for-all and some folks just haven't learned how to maturely operate in an anonymous environment....
In fact, I find that the only danger in my wide open policy is the media. For you see, the only exception to my statement above, the only group on the whole planet that seems not to have gotten the message that comment threads don't necessarily reflect the opinions of the domain operator, is the mainstream media. I don't know if this is incompetence or willful, but they still write stories predicated on some blog comment being reflective of the blog's host.
Well, I was wrong. It appears that even in 2009, people who should know better about how blogs work are trying to tar blog proprietors with their commenters actions. I would put Klein in the "should know better" category, though as a MSM guy as well he may fall into my one exception. Which would mean I wasn't wrong after all. It's like that old joke: I was wrong once ... I once thought I had made a mistake, but it turned out I didn't.