Sunday, April 29, 2007



The Anderson Independent-Mail got a lot of mileage taking shots at the "vulgarity-laced secret-session" Anderson City Council Executive Session that was accidentally broadcast in March. So now, let us take a look at the "vulgarity-laced" online Anderson Independent-Mail.

In the Cocklebur Blog search field, under "advanced search" for the month of April, type in the following text string: porno.

Here are the results for the month of April. (Searching the entire blog would probably time out and take too long because the large number of comments like those below.)

Searched for the phrase 'porno'. Found 328 items (8.5977 seconds)
Comment Results

Title Date Author
Bahrein Sunday, April 29 2007 @ 08:04 PM GMT+4 hellbender7100
gibby Sunday, April 29 2007 @ 07:32 PM GMT+4 adoptive1096
dipping Sunday, April 29 2007 @ 07:26 PM GMT+4 flexible3179
burglarproof Sunday, April 29 2007 @ 05:52 PM GMT+4 manning304
...and so forth and so on.

Here is an example of what is on the Cocklebur Blog, a section of the Anderson Independent-Mail (hyperlinks to websites excluded):

Authored by: hellbender7100 on Sunday, April 29 2007 @ 08:04 PM GMT+4
sadomasoquista - user rating fisting sex fisting video copyright © more tracked from gay bizarre gay sm pics - bondage and san francisco sex stories amateur gay sex pictures gay hardcore shaving your pubic hair - head shaved *censored* *censored* this article shaved shaved shaved *censored* shaved boob squad.......
( goes on, but you get the idea.)

And here is a letter that has been mailed out:


Newspaper "clippings"

Offensive newspaper "clippings"

More offensive newspaper "clippings"

Are we to believe that not one person at this newspaper noticed that an average of ten of these comments were posted each day (328 in the month of April)? Perhaps they were too busy writing the Faith and Values section of that newspaper to act responsibly and address the smut.

Someone at the Anderson Indepentent-Mail needs to clean up this website ..... or clean out their desk.

Below is the response from Nick Charalambous, Cocklebur Blog moderator and and Editor at the Anderson Independent-Mail

Wednesday, May 02 2007 @ 02:42 PM GMT+4

Everyone: Cackalacky, as usual, wants a service that he isn't willing to pay for. Trying to stop spam bots is a 24/7 job, and no one does it brilliantly. I've been busting my gut for nearly a year to try and transition to a new platform to make you all happy, and I'm in Knoxville, TN, as we speak, so that we can figure out a transition.

There is going to be a solution to this. It may not be perfect, but it will be as good as I can make it with the money and expertise at my disposal as Web director for the Independent-Mail.

Apologies. But please, if you know there's spam on the Web sites inner pages, please don't go there. As long as the forums are fine and the front page, we can still be in business.

Thanks s much.


In others words, it is business as usual for now, at the Anderson Independent-Mail. The dirty words and porno links stay. Just ignore them.

It seems that other newpapers do a much better job at moderating their blogs. It also seems that one year is more than enough time for a professional news organization to get a handle on their website.

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