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Meghan Weighs In On Press Trolls

Meghan Ridley, the target of the attack by Press trolls, e-mailed Hucks Online this morning, with permission to use her message: "By last night their blog on my story was up to 72 comments.  This morning it was 47.  The majority of the defamatory comments had been removed, but so was one that provided a definition of libel, which I thought was pretty convenient.  They’ve also deleted all of my responses.  When they asked me yesterday if I wanted them to do this, I had declined.  Honestly, I felt it was too late and the damage had been done. A couple interesting sidenotes: on Thursday or Friday of last week, the front page of The Press had a picture of a high school student with a sign that read “Please Don’t Replace My Sexy Teacher With a Laptop” (or something to that effect).  It caused quite a stir on the front page that week.  Then, they put me on the front page Sunday ... which I find rather interesting, especially since the article had no quotes from me.  And yesterday, their front page had coverage of a cleavage-free prom. . .I believe the headline was “Hear Ye, Hear Ye. . .No Cleavage.”  Their sequence of cover stories seems to be antagonizing a sensitive issue, clearly creating controversy. I’ve basically come to two conclusions with this:  either they don’t monitor their blogs, which is extremely negligent given the heated nature of their photographs and cover stories, or they do monitor their blogs, and saw nothing wrong with the commentary until this morning. 

Question: Do you think the Press ran the sequence of stories in the Press that focused on sexy teachers and cleavage?

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