February 13th, 2008
06:41 PM ET

Anderson's View: Behind the Scenes

We’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments e-mailed to us about the live show blogging, so I thought I’d try to answer some of them now.

Yes, there is a moderator posting comments, and it’s not me.  There’s no way during a live program that I could do that.  Who is the moderator?  It changes, but it’s usually a producer sitting in the control room.  I am reading everything that gets posted to the blog (sometimes I have to read it very fast, but I do read it.)  I am always writing my own responses.  No one writes those for me.

I know some of you are disappointed because your comments haven’t been posted, let alone answered.  The truth is we get so many comments every night, the producer simply gets overwhelmed and doesn’t have time to post them all.  The process is very straightforward and – like on the television program – there is no hidden agenda.  If your comment does not get posted, it’s likely because there are so many great comments to moderate.

Some bloggers have suggested we do this without moderating the comments.  The sad truth is that there are people who abuse that privilege.  You’d cringe at some of the comments we get.  They do nothing to add to the great dialogue we’ve got going.  There are also a number of deranged people out there (you know who you are) and it’s better for all involved if they do not have access to the discussion.

I know it's sometimes frustrating, but I hope you understand the realities we face in doing this live blogging.  We are always looking for new ways to improve it, and no doubt the process will evolve in the coming months, but I appreciate all of you who take the time to join in the conversation!

Tonight, we are looking at the ramifications on the campaign trail of the results from last night.  We are also going to be looking into the testimony today by Roger Clemens about steroid use.  Did you see the hearings?  Amazing to watch.

We’ll get you up to date, and have a full legal and medical analysis. See you tonight – tune in and log on!

– Anderson Cooper

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