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Ian O'Doherty: The Net's virtual lynch mob is addicted to outrage

Published 25/02/2011 | 05:00

So, here was one: "To have a journalist stirring up hatred doesn't do anyone any favours and after reading this I fear for the safety of Dublin's drug users, but I guess Ian wouldn't be bothered if one consequence of his article meant that a drug user was seriously assaulted or even killed."

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Now, here's another one: "We also got angry reading Mr O'Doherty's ugly Nazi-like opinions, however it makes us even more angry realizing how this fanatic of a mad journalist gets his inflammatory and hatred wordings published widely by a national newspaper."

And one more for good luck: "As a person who uses drugs I find the language in the article offensive. This clearly breaches the spirit of Principle 8 of the Press Complaints Newspaper Code of Practise on on prejudice. I call for a retraction, unconditional apology and an investigation by the Press Council. This type of bigotry has no place in a serious newspaper. Its publication is an inditement (sic) of both the author and the Independent's editors."

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