I first heard about this issue a couple of days ago, and a reader has now asked me to bring it to your attention:
The Washington Times is definitely censoring its readership: for over a week now at the bottom of each online article is the remark ‘comments are temporarily unavailable’.
There’s been no explanation and, if it were due to a problem with the computer system, I would have expected to seek such an explanation, and apology, from the paper’s editor on its internet home page. There is only one comment facility permitted, on the question of the day, on which readers vote and can lodge comments, so it can’t be a technical computer program problem that no article permits any readers’ comments to appear.
On that comment of the day, several readers have remarked that the WT appears to be censoring its readership because of the lockdown on readers’ comments.
Possibly GoV could just mention this, perhaps asking its readers if they know of any other newspapers now deliberately denying their readers a comment facility that was previously available to them?
I don’t visit the WashTimes website often enough to have an opinion about all this. Readers are welcome to add additional information or their own opinions in the comments.