Caveat Lector

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Thursday February 9, 2006.

I’ve got something to tell you all. I’m an addict. No, not beer. It’s Anjeanette Damon’s Inside Nevada Politics, sillies. But seriously. It’s a killer site for local nerds who want something to think about this year. We get a whopper of a local election. Governor, a Senator, all members of the state assembly, and some state senators. Cool stuff. And if you’re me, you’ve been dreaming of the day when you got some actual non-news story reporting that has a bit of an edge, but isn’t completely partisan. I’m sick of that crap. And I feel dirty for linking them.

Anyway, as I was saying, Anjeanette seems to have some cool stuff to add for the world. I highly recommend any person in this area to start reading it now, before she actually says something that’s not approved and gets taken down by Gannett. What do I mean? I mean that she seems to be telling us things that we can’t get from the paper, unlike her RGJ blogging counterpart Chad Hartley. It seems all Hartley’s doing is pointing us to read the paper. But whatever.

Now, for the caveat. I began reading Anjeanette’s thing when there were about five posts up. I felt like I had stumbled upon a gold mine. It was exactly what I wanted. Then, I was all afraid to comment on stuff because nobody wants to be the guy who looks like a stalker. So I never commented. Now, all these comments are flying in there. But there’s a problem. Almost every single one is anonymous. Freaking pansies. Almost nobody is putting their name to the crap they’re spewing. And it is crap. Wild accusations, insults, etc. Not exactly the thoughtful, issues-oriented utopia I had dreamed about for the site. Hell, even some people are accusing other people of being candidates on there. Which I might believe. In fact, it looks a lot like some of the commenters are there because they have a vested interest in being there. And it’s coming from all sides, as far as I can tell, so there’s no point in calling one politician out.

So, if you’re from here, read the site. If not, go there and check out what small-state politics is all about. But beware, the commenters are lame, and not worth reading, unless you’re the type of person to not only slow down, but get out of your car to see the car wrecks up close and personal.

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