Sometimes, the systems news organizations have put in place to make news more social—admirable as those systems generally are in spirit—really, really don’t work in practice. To wit, the Huffington Post’s rather unfortunate treatment—WHAT’S YOUR REACTION?—of today’s sad news: the death of Representative John Murtha.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.