Serious Question: Is There a Difference Between a Troll and a Glenn Beck Commenter?

There was this very serious comment thread on Glenn Beck commenters that I think deserves more thought:

If you think about the kind of people who regard Glenn Beck as a serious political commentator; paranoid white guys who are angry, and very slightly educated, they fight the exact profile of an internet troll. Could it be that Glenn Beck’s new site TheBlaze, is in fact the meeting place for all trolls on the internet, a safe space where they can roam free and abuse liberals and each other without interference? It looks like there is no comment moderation whatsoever over there, and probably deliberately so. If they banned the trolls, then it’s not clear anyone would actually come to the site….

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.