At first glance, we had no choice but to stand up and applaud for the Colorado athletic department; their public stance that they would not give press credentials to media organizations that allow anonymous and pseudonymous comments appeared to be a bold but principled stand against one of the most noxious aspects of new media: the anonymous attack. Yes, we know these are available at SbB, but you don’t see us begging for press credentials, either.
But then when we actually looked at what Colorado’s policy was, we realized it was little more than just the same arbitrary, pro-dead-tree provincialism that’s infected sports media during this transitional period. That principled stand against Internet tough guys? Yeah, not so much if you’re already running a newspaper.