My suggestion is to get rid of the "comment" section on the news articles. Instead, redirect comments to a new sub-forum here that is exclusively for news article feedback. Hopefully the forum message thread would have a link back to the original article.
Several reasons for this.
1. News articles scroll too quickly off the first page and many (most?) people don't scroll through various pages of articles. As such, what people don't see, they don't comment on, and comments about any given article die off quickly.
2. I see some spam on some of the comments. I imagine it would be easier to control such things here on the forums.3. Articles would have greater visibility since forum topics are in view a lot longer.
4. Links back to article would allow folks to have easier access to articles that interest them.
That has been addressed. Yesterday in fact. If you see spam in a comment, feel free to link to it in the forum/website feedback section.