I've had enough.
Today, Adplusone posted a thread citing a Detroit News editorial in which the Obama Administration's handling of the auto bankruptcies was criticized. There was much debate, however, it remained civil and did not degenerate to name-calling.
Unfortunately, despite the civility of the discourse, certain posts displaying a conservative point of view were deleted, then the thread was was closed. this, despite the fact that a warning to "keep it nice" from a moderator was actually heeded and obeyed.
This leads me to believe that if your point of view does not fit the editorial narrative of GMI, then your post will be deleted, no matter how civil and factual.
This is reprehensible and wreaks of the same stench that now taints the highest levels of our government: The silencing of those who don't agree with people in power.
I do understand that posting on GMI is not a first amendment right, and that it's a privilige. I get that. What is not understood by most of the mods here, is that having a loyal membership base that contributes is also something that must be earned. Unfortunately, a medium such as this site, indeed ANY information medium, cannot expect to maintain it's membership if it maintains a policy of alienating those who don't toe the "official line". I give you the nearly bankrupt New York Times and Boston Globe as examples of media who have lost the public's trust due to their iron fist, one-sided editorialization of events.
A double-standard exists on GMI by which an ill-informed moderator can post long, rambling editorials under the guise of "news", yet when a "regular" member posts an opposing viewpoint, it's either edited for content or deleted altogether. To me, this is the most offensive and obvious example of the bias of which I'm speaking.
In several posts here, I have railed against those moderators who would squelch opposing views (you know who you are, ChevyRules, Sigma and others), earning infraction points in the process. During this time, NSAP has been one of very few moderators who provide a voice of reason and a desire to "make things right". Unfortunately, he can't be everywhere, and it's ridiculous to have to report each moderator overindulgence, as it's easy to lose count. And it's ridiculous.
For these reasons, this is my final post and contribution to GMInsidenews.com. I will miss the advanced product information NSAP works so hard to gather, however, I cannot continue to spend time on a site where the opposing viewpoint is dismissed with the click of a mouse. I will get my information from elsewhere and find another outlet to which I can supply my spy photos. It saddens me that it's come to this, as I've been here virtually since day 1 in January 2003, but as they say, All good things...
So, to NSAP, Ming, TaHoe, GMCSonoma, Perian, Nadepalma, thanks for your efforts in trying to keep the site editorially balanced. It was appreciated.
Peace to all!
Note to the moderators. I will not be responding to any further posts or private messages. If you feel the need to respond to me, you can do so by deleting my account or banning me from the site, however, no matter the course action taken, I challenge the GMI staff not to remove this post, so that my final contribution to this site isn't wasted.