Conspiracy theory and anti-Muslim bigotry on BBC comments board

Among the plethora of coverage on the subject of Syria appearing on the BBC News website recently was an August 29th article by the BBC’s North America Editor Mark Mardell titled “Obama’s canny, democratic move“.

The article was opened for comments, with over 900 having been posted by the time of writing. Although a significant number of them were moderated due to their having breached the BBC’s ‘house rules’, below are some examples of comments – from bizarre to bigoted – which were left standing.

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