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Editor of the Bismarck Tribune retires amid anonymous online backlash

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FARGO - Journalists have debated for years whether to allow anonymous comments online, but Bismarck Tribune Editor John Irby says it's a battle he's not going to fight anymore.


"I am retiring because I am tired of being the whipping boy," Irby wrote in a candid final column in Sunday's Tribune. "My skin has thinned. Life is too short to put up with all the noise."

Today is Irby's last after more than four years with the Tribune and 40 years in journalism.

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