“I think our media locally has been irresponsible…when you provide a platform for adults to make anonymous comments…you fuel a behavior that is deemed acceptable. In a sick sort of way people get off on it because they get, ‘Well, I can say what I want but I don’t have to say who I am.’ They say things that are inflammatory, inaccurate, and they are allowed to get away with it...I’m all for freedom of speech, but I think freedom of speech means you have to know who is saying what. Anonymity is cowardice and I think bullies are cowards...I would call upon the local media outlets, Hearst and all the others…to cease that practice.”
So far as I know, Greenwich Time doesn’t print anonymous letters, so that rules them out, and if there are other blogs in town saying mean things about Peter, I’m unaware of them so gosh, I guess that leaves me. I’m honored and pleased that Peter finds me annoying, but I’m not following the connection between anonymous adults speaking harshly about our local incompetent politicians and a poor tortured teen putting a shotgun muzzle in his mouth. As Walt points out, teens aren’t big readers of this blog, and even then, would anyone, teen or adult, kill himself because he learned what a silly, helpless moron Peter Tesei is? I think not.
Peter Tesei is as much a logician as he is a constitutional scholar: “all anonymous commenters are cowards, bullies are cowards, therefore all anonymous commenters are bullies ? That doesn’t pass muster, not even at Peter’s alma mater, Eagle Hill. And no, Peter, the rights of individuals recognized by our First Amendment are not contingent upon a speaker identifying himself to the authorities, just as our Second Amendment rights don’t depend on permission from you or Drew Marzullo. Our constitution recognizes and protects rights we are born with as free individuals – it is not a schedule of privileges bestowed upon us by the likes of pond scum like you.
“Allowed to get away with it” – you silly, stupid man. This should be a fun election.