Interesting. Some newspapers print online comments verbatim, while others try to edit comments.When it comes to Journalism the term "responsible" becomes a matter of opinion. That is why there is a constant battle between the media and authorities (law etc.) about what the public needs to and/or has the right to know. I think that taking responsibility for "what you publish" becomes so much BS when a reporter refuses to identify a "source" and will face prosecution rather than to do so. For the most part "social networking" is just a term for "gossip" and should be treated as such. I believe that there are laws defining (slander) as oppossed to (malicious) and whoever publishes, be it news media or social media, share the same risk in taking responsibility for what they publish.