Wednesday, August 5, 2009



Continued from:

HuffPost's protection of the most egregious violators of its "policies" --- and its banning of non-violators --- often on a minute-to-minute basis
and specifically,
Also see:
3/19/09: Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and even a "HEIL HITLER" too!!! (HuffPost: "Approved!!!")

This is another instance in which HuffPost not only allowed one user to egregiously violate its policies, it violated its own (supposed) enforcement procedures, by banning another user who dared to stand up to him.

In this instance, however, the violations were particularly inflammatory, as they involved the expression and defense of unvarnished anti-Semitic hatred. Some key things to keep in mind as you review this article:
HuffPost's Terms of Service, Section 3(iii) claims that by using the site, the user agrees to "not submit material that is.. racially or ethnically offensive."

HuffPost's Comment Policy states that it prohibits slurs of any kind, as well as off-topic comments. It also claims, "We never censor comments based on political or ideological point of view."

HuffPost has allowed "poco767c" ("Poco") to post comments continuously since August 2008. This start date is significant because it is five months after HuffPost began pre-moderating all user comments --- meaning that the only comments that appear on the site are those that it reviewed, approved and decided to publish. This fact is documented here.

On July 28, 2009, HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish a comment by "Poco" consisting primarily of graphic swastikas --- on a "news" thread dedicated to a discussion of TARP programs:

At this time, as shown below, HuffPost had permitted "Poco" to post 6,856 comments in the past 12 months:

Between July 28 and August 3, 2009, another user, "Mir_Observer," confronted "Poco" on numerous occasions over his use of swastikas and other inflammatory anti-Semitic slurs. "Friends" of "Poco" --- primarily the radical leftists whom HuffPost allows to essentially "live" on the site from 8-18 hours a day --- vehemently denied that he'd ever posted such material, and attacked "Mir_Observer" on a personal basis (another action supposedly prohibited by its Comment Policy).

On August 3, however, as shown in the screen capture below, HuffPost approved and published "poco's" public admission that "Mir_Observer's" accusations were true. Further, he expressed a deep-seated hatred of Jews (whether serious or not, it doesn't really matter, as it was all an egregious violation of HuffPost's supposed Comment Policy) --- to which "MirObserver" complimented him on at least being honest about all this:

HuffPost decided to ban one of these users hours after this exchange.

Can you guess which?
You got it: HuffPost banned "Mir_Observer."

HuffPost decided to continue to enable "poco" to continue posting his egregiously-violating comments at will. In fact, HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish more than 9,000 more comments of his in the next 90 days.

The screen capture below, taken on November 2, shows that by this time, HuffPost permitted "poco" to post a total of 16,223 comments --- 9,367 since July 28:

The reader must decide the significance of the facts documented in this article, when taken in the broader context of HuffPost's pattern of:
  • Protecting other egregious violators of its policies, while banning non-violating users who challenge or mock them.

  • Publishing inflammatory, false, misleading stories concerning Israel and Jews, then allowing users to post comments containing incendiary anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred, libels, propaganda and conspiracy theories on them. See this archive for full detailed documentation.


UPDATE, MAR. 2010: HuffPost continues to permit "poco767c" to post at will, while fast-banning users who stand up to him and his radical leftist "friends":

HuffPost has continued to protect and enable "poco767c" under the same screen name... and he's now up to more than 24,000 comments:


UPDATE, OCT. 2010: HuffPost allowed "poco" to cancel his prior account, and establish a new, nearly-identical one:

Apparently (and we have the proof), HuffPost granted "poco's" request to cancel his prior account --- because, as he put it, he didn't want to be publicly associated with some of his prior statements --- and establish a new one: "CaptainPoco." This is but one more example
of how HuffPost knowingly protects and enables its most notorious anti-Semitic users, while banning non-violating users, after as few as six comments.

Here is Poco's almost-identical screen persona:


UPDATE, JULY 29, 2012: HuffPost still allowing "Poco" to post his anti-Semitic hatred and conspiracy theories

On July 29, 2012, HuffPost's top story was "Mitt Romney: Iran Strike 'On The Table' If I Were President."

As always, with threads concerning Israel, HuffPost had this one on tight lockdown, meaning that it goes to extra measures to notify the public that it has reviewed each user comment prior to allowing it to be published on the thread. At one point, HuffPost had more than 700 comments in its "pending" hopper for this thread.

Yet as we've learned over and over again, HuffPost's supposed prohibition on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories is a joke, and doesn't apply to the radical leftists who basically live on the site. And as usual, they continued enabling and protecting "Poco" to once again engage in his anti-Semitic hate and conspiracy theories:
“selling the lives of America's sons and daughters for campaign contributions.”
It was only two weeks ago that HuffPost trumpeted an "investigative report" --- produced by Soros-funded leftist "journalists" --- about Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson's heavy donations to conservative causes and Mitt Romney. Think there might be a connection to that and "Poco's" anti-Semitic conspiracy theory?

Just one of the 10,000 comments HuffPost has enabled him to post in the past two years:

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  1. These new fact ALL SETTLEMENTS need to GO.

    Israel AGREED to do this DECADES ago.. as well as their PROMISE to revert back to pre-1967 borders. They RENEGED.. & that is a SHANDA.

    ..and BEFORE anyone starts in on me as being an "antisemite" or an "Anti-Israel"..

    As a J E W who's mother still sports numbers tattooed on her forearm, I FERVENTLY support the premise that The State of Israel MUST endure.

    As a LIBERAL, I'm ASHAMED of some of the rhetoric.. some just simplistic.. some PLAINLY antisemitic by so-called "progressives" when it comes to Israel.

    That said, I ALSO am VERY ASHAMED that their neoconservatives currently in power are a bunch of THUGS that have committed atrocities in Gaza & the West Bank (turning Gaza into a GHETTO that can rival WARSAW)... & have treated the Palestinian People as WE had been treated in Germany.

    The people of Israel MUST purge themselves of the same malignancy that WE had managed to do a year ago last November.... & they need to be afforded the SAME patience in doing so that WE were afforded.

    The animosities in the MidEast have been ongoing for EONS. .but we MUST NOT stop trying to END the INSANITY once & for ALL. .


  2. First, in case you didn't notice, this article is about HuffPost's decision to publish a comment filled with nothing but swastikas, banning a user who objected, and leaving the first user free to continue, after he admitted how much he hates Jews.

    Second, as a Jew, you should be aware of the legal and moral right the Israelis have to be building the settlements exactly where they are - per UN resolution, and on Israeli land. Lots of resources are available to you. Start with