Why did we choose to end comments on our website?
We are not the kind of news organization that is about giving our 'take' on something. We are not looking to start an argument, we are looking to report the news. Since so much of the conversation around stories has gravitated toward Social (i.e., Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), these platforms are a more appropriate place for opinionated discussions.
Our station policy of promoting civil discourse and respect towards others has been constantly challenged over the years. To continue allowing this behavior would be in direct conflict with our stated values. Therefore our decision to eliminate the comment sections.
WITN General Manager