I would agree with you were it not for a few things, and granted, since the site shifted away from disqus and whatever system it used prior to that, the PROBLEM has been largely alleviated (although not completely).
Those things are:
People come here to post and use technologies that in the past allowed ONE poster to utilize multiple accounts. Through that fraudulent practice (and process), they could generate a sense of consensus where one did not organically or honestly exist.
It is a fact (and if I have to post links, I will. I certainly have done so in the past and those exposures seem to work in the same way that the morning sunlight chases away vampires) that outfits that have pro-business and/or right wing interests DO pay people to push opinions in chat rooms and on message boards.
When one poster (today's example is Aquifer posting 34 comments out of 140 on the Gosztola article thread) dominates a discussion, I find it suspicious.
The issue is not whether or not I am bright, nor is it whether or not I show "political correctness" towards individuals I KNOW are not here for honest purposes.
I have taken enormous heat (and have a file that has several hundred PAGES of organized attacks) for pointing out what should be obvious ... that there are people who post and they tend to post "first up" who set the direction of discussion into motion.
Human beings are social creatures and most don't like to feel excluded or marginalized. That means that those in a position, by their numbers and "free time" to direct the discussion understand the strategic advantages of such.
I will continue to call out FRAUD where I see it.
If I am the only one who takes people who attack individuals like Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben to task because THEY can't spell at a level suggestive of a 4th grade reading level, then something is wrong with the "tolerance" of the commentators.
Oh, and it's always amusing how one-sided these "backhanded compliment" style critiques are... I am well-aware of how few people had the integrity to say anything when I was quite clearly under MASS attack here. But "my behavior" is always under scrutiny.
Of course, it could just be sexism... plenty of Feminists have reported the types of hate speech they experienced for stating what a just society would fully put into practice: total gender parity in all things.