December 21, 2007
For some time, the web site Real Clear Politics has been known as “one of America’s premier independent political web sites.” This has been especially noticed in the section they label Readers Articles, a sub-section featuring “the most popular articles as submitted and voted by RCP users.”
Readers, mostly amateur bloggers and writers usually submit stories they write for their blogs and other readers cast votes as to whether they like them or not. That I could ever tell no one wins any prizes or accolades, just the knowledge that other readers appreciate their words.
For some unknown reason, around December 12, a group of conservative bloggers I associate with online started receiving the following message when they tried to cast their votes, for each other and for writers outside our group, as we saw fit.
“Your voting privileges have been revoked. Please contact the site administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.”
With no explanation or warning, one by one, we all received this message over the course of a couple days. Numerous contacts to “admin” as indicated, drew absolutely no response to any of us, maybe a dozen or less bloggers. On December 16, 2007 I emailed the following,
We are at least owed a reason why.”
Today, December 21, neither I nor any other person alluded to above have received any reply.
Seeking a “terms of service” to ascertain if we were violating some policy was for naught as a TOS seems vacant from their site.
Searching around the site, I did notice that the website seems to be owned by Time/CNN, news sources not noted for conservative ideals.
Is this an effort at stifling dissemination of conservative words?
Did we violate some invisible TOS by voting for each other’s articles, after reading them elsewhere?
Is Real Clear Politics really “one of America’s premier independent political web sites,” as they claim?
Without being informed as to the why of revocation of voting and submission privileges, we are only left to guess.
UPDATE 1: Real Clear Politics Responds
UPDATE 2: Real Clear Politics has reinstated me and I imagine others either have been or shortly will be.