Full disclosure: I don't give a shite about Trump. Don't like him, don't hate him, I just don't care about him.
"But something I have noticed on The Reg, is the degree of animosity that almost amounts to bullying when someone does post a comment expressing an alternative view."
It's everywhere. Graham Linehan (the writer of Father Ted) has been properly anti-Trump and he retweeted someone saying how old white men of the establishment hate change. So I ask them both if it would've been better if Hilary Clinton was in charge? What with the Gadaffi video and her asking why they couldn't drone Assange. He then tells me it's a conversation for adults only. A fairly childish remark, so I asked him why he was participating. Hello Block button.
The thing is there is a lot to the whole Presidential campaign in general. The focus on "Russian interferance" overtook the fact that Clinton was found to be dodgy via Podesta emails. The whole "Piss-gate" thing turned out to be a fan fiction story from 4Chan by an ex-MI5 guy who's all of a sudden gone missing. Then there's the murder of Seth Rich who worked for the DNC, shot in an apparent robbery but nothing was taken. There's also the case of the missing emails and how the FBI were prevented from investigating the theft and had to go through a third-party data recovery specialist to find out that, aparently, Russia was behind the hack. Just so happens the guy who owns the third-party data recovery business happens to be anti-Russian and supports a lot of anti-Putin/Russian Government groups. Oh and the pizza place in Washington? Deeply disturbing that someone goes in to it with an armed gun and opens fire because of "fake news" - but the FBI are looking in to the Podesta emails that mention this pizza place because of certain language used is akin to what peadophiles use. So is it still fake news if it's being investigated?
None of this, really, has been covered in the media. It's all fixations on Trump this and Trump that, and how people just so happen to bump in to Clinton who happens to be on a walk in the woods - Secret Service don't allow such people to "bump" in to people like that.
Joe Public take that on board from the media as Gospel truth and run with it. Then when we get in to situations like this on the internet, people stick to their version of the truth, like I do. However my truth, which I eluded to above, is taken from what I've found from the media and what I've found through independent research. That's a balanced view, that's how balance works. But this is 2017, people don't do balance anymore. They have their view, they air it, and they shout over people who dismiss their view. They don't debate it, they don't listen. They shout.
But yeah, God help the poor joe who has a valid viewpoint on some thing that a room full of people can't see.