Previously on Huff-Watch:
2/2/06: HuffPost blogger depicts Sen. Lieberman in blackface (HuffPost: "You're NOT fired!!!")
Archive of anti-Israel, ant-Semitic bias, libels and hate at HuffPost
Articles about anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hate at HuffPost - and its response
Since 2007, Roseanne Barr has been known as one of America's most vicious anti-Israel libelers and propagandists:
5/3/07: Roseanne Barr: I Hate Israel Too Much To Host The View, by Michelle Malkin
12/31/08: Roseanne Barr Says Israel's Destruction 'Assured,' Rick Moran, American Thinker
1/2/09: Roseanne Barr: Israel Is A 'Nazi State,' by Michael Freund, Jerusalem Post
Even the white supremacist, neo-Nazi website StormFront gleefully welcomed Barr's rants as reflecting "the truth":
Barr has also been an official HuffPost blogger since February 1, 2008. Her debut blog article? An anti-Israel, anti-Semitic rant, of course:
Obama and Israel: He's "Forgainst It"
"How will Obama handle his Jewish problem? He has to pander to the pro Zionist Jews of America" [...]
(Note: This is not an isolated incident. HuffPost also published an article by one of its official bloggers, Lorelei Kelly, excoriating Israel, while likening Hamas to the Salvation Army. It also published an article by another blogger, Peter Mehlman, claiming that Bush is far worse than Hitler, because at least Hitler thought he was doing a good thing by exterminating the Jews.)
Clearly, HuffPost knew --- or had an obligation to know --- exactly what Barr was about.
So how much of a surprise could it have been that, at 1:35pm EST on July 30, 2009, NewsBusters revealed excerpts of a recent photoshoot that Barr did with "Heeb" magazine --- in which she dressed up as Hitler, and eats burnt "Jew people cookies" out of an oven?
Yet as of the following day, July 31, HuffPost had not formally disassociated itself from Barr, or shut down her blog on its site:
And as of August 1, ditto --- Barr is still an "official" HuffPost blogger:
Ditto as of December 3, 2009:
And on March 8, 2011, HuffPost published another blog article by Barr:
And not just that --- HuffPost published Barr's piece on its front page:
Would HuffPost apply the same standards if Barr were, say, as anti-black as she is anti-Jew, and anti-Israel? We note that David Duke is not listed in HuffPost's directory of official bloggers. What about any others --- say anti-Asian or anti-Hispanic haters? Nope.
Then again, given that HuffPost also features culture-advancing luminaries like unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers among its ranks of official bloggers --- this double-standard can't come as all that much of a surprise.
What is surprising, however, is how long the (supposed) guardians of journalistic integrity (and basic decency) in America are going to avert their eyes from what HuffPost facilitates.
May 6, 2005:
"If you're looking for the usual flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric ... don't bother coming to the Huffington Post."
March 20, 2008:
"We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to abusive or hateful language."
Adapted from here:
On July 10, 2009, a Politico.com article reported that the publisher of the venerable Washington Post recently claimed it could "learn" from the Huffington Post:Appearing at a recent technology conference with [Arianna] Huffington, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said her paper could learn from the Huffington Post model. [...](It is interesting to note that this is the same Weymouth who was reportedly blasted on July 11, 2009 by the Post's own ombudsman, for grossly violating basic journalistic ethics, as well as the paper's, for offering to "sell off-the-record access to the Post’s journalists and government officials for lobbyists.")
Adapted from here:
- A June 2, 2008 NewsTrust.org press release announced its "partnership" with HuffPost in "covering" the 2008 presidential campaign.
- March 30, 2009: HuffPost announced a "partnership" with Atlantic Philanthropies to fund an "investigative journalism" project.