Odd comments on standard Mail Hitler article

The Daily Mail likes stories about Hitler and even after over 60 years of revelations regarding the dead dictator it always seems like their is fresh information to raise the interest of the newspaper that quite like fascism back in the day (and, arguably, still does). The story is of no consequence but the moderated comments are interesting in what comments are positively rated and which negatively:

How can it be that a comment stating that the reader dislikes Nazis and thought that what they did was bad get 22 negative ratings? How can comments suggesting that the history we are taught regarding Nazi Germany and Hitler is wrong, attract 251 and 98 positive ratings?

5 thoughts on “Odd comments on standard Mail Hitler article

  1. I think your image is a tiny bit too wide for your layout – the black sidebar is covering up the Mail voting numbers, so I can only see the green or red arrow. HIDING THE TRUTH?!?!

    (in Chrome on Windows anyway)

  2. You’re not wrong about that god-awful paper and its questionable obsession with all things Hitler.

    This though:

    “How can it be that a comment stating that the reader dislikes Nazis and thought that what they did was bad get 22 negative ratings?”

    Because of the language maybe? That doesn’t sound entirely sane. “Dislike”, “Bad”?…not the first words that spring to mind when talking about the Nazis. Reads like a child wrote it.

    “the history we are taught regarding Nazi Germany and Hitler is wrong, research other sources people”

    Given that it’s the Daily Mail I’m sure the “other sources” he has in mind are probably the Protocols of the Elders of Zion or similar nonsense, but it’s not an inherently offensive comment based purely on that sentence.

    To answer your question *how can it be*, I think the idea Mr +251 is expressing here (questioning things), although expressed tritely, is very valid, and will appeal to anyone – even mail readers like to think they are being rational.

    The top 3 comments all seem to share the same sentiment in fact, and, if you ignore the awful spelling and sentence construction, you would probably have to agree with them given only the content, and no other context.

  3. This is hilarious.

    I tend to meet with my elder brother once a year, normally around christmas. At some point we get involved in some form of political debate – he’s a Mail reader and I read the Indy, so you can guess how that goes. Anyway, at some point in the debate you can virtually guarantee that he will utter the phrase “You know, Hitler got it right when he said [fill in blank]”.

    But thankfully even my brother realises that in the wider scheme of things, Hitler was an evil megalomaniac. It alarms me to think that this puts him at the liberal end of the Daily Mail reader spectrum.

  4. Please do not give up the good fight against this vile excuse of a ‘newspaper’. I only discovered your fine website today.

    What we do need to remember is that back in 1936 it was this oustanding organ that heralded the front-page headline:

    ‘Thank God for Herr Hitler!’

    As your mate Littlejohn says, ‘You couldn’t make it up!’

  5. Also – have you noticed that the commentators on the Mail comments who speak up for Hitler are the ones whose spelling and grammar are the worst.

    Just sayin’…

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