Instead, I've been saddened by the mean spirited tone of the majority of comments posted on these two sites.
Because the posts are anonymous, people believe they can insult and defame the subjects of the news story, the reporter who wrote the story, and everyone who posted an opinion contrary to their own.
Their posts also display poor grammar and even worse spelling.
And some show a frightening need for mental health intervention.
Sadly, too many of the comments parrot sound bites that offer simple solutions to extremely complicated issues. They blame the world's problems on the scapegoat du jour. Any attempt to address the complexity of the topic or situation is met with potty-mouth speculation about the author's parentage.
These commenters don't want to be educated about the subject. They only want to express their anger and frustration and, in the process, reveal their ignorance. They are the folks who've made up their minds and don't you dare confuse them with the facts.
With the anonymity offered by the Internet, these folks feel free to bully anyone and everyone who can think for her- or himself.
The commentary forums at news media web sites could be a place to intelligently exchange opinions and information about the subject matter. Instead, they are the soap box for small minds.