But there are things that we said we would not allow, including personal attacks, the use of profanity and hate speech. Because a significant number of folks who have posted in this blog have refused to follow any of those relatively simple rules, we’ve decided not to allow comments for the time being.
The post continues with a lot of hypocritical blather about the need for "transparency," and knowing that a "lot of the discussions would be critical in nature." This is what companies do. State their ideals without feeling any corresponding need to try and live up to them. The U.S. military shuts down certain newspapers in Iraq, I’m sure the Washington Post is not in favor of this. I’m sure they see no corollary in their own thinking. Abusive comments, and ad hominem attacks can be deleted. Profanity is only words and can be tolerated, and may prove a valuable tool with which to gage the validity or intelligence of a commentator. So fuck the Washington Post.
And here is a Daily Kos Story on this topic: Readers Tell Ombudsman To Do Her Job, Washington Post Responds By Shutting Down Blog Comments.