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Comparing HuffPost comment threads to those on other major political blogsites
Keep in mind that every comment that appears on this thread is there because HuffPost reviewed, approved and made the decision to publish it. And as it says at the top of each HuffPost comment thread, only those comments that it approves will appear:
As you review the comments, keep these questions in the back of your mind:
- Do they comply with HuffPost's (supposed) Comment Policies and Terms of Service ("CP-TOS") --- or are they egregious violations of them?
- Do these threads indicate that what Ms. Huffington has repeatedly said about HuffPost is true? That it has "zero tolerance" for comments that violate its CP-TOS, and that it vigilantly monitors its news threads 24-7 to prevent such comments from appearing? But despite these efforts, "a handful of" violating comments may "occasionally slip through"? (see Section 3 here, and all, here)
EXAMPLE 4: Oct. 3, 2009: HuffPost permits top thread re deaths of U.S. soldiers to be hijacked by radical leftists for "music night," then ejects another user for daring to voice objection to this
The thread is located here.
But in this instance, the PDF excerpts below answer a question concerned observers might ask:
What would happen if another user voiced an objection to HuffPost's "protected" caste of radical leftists hijacking this thread, to turn it into "music night"?
Need you ask?
If you scroll to the bottom of page 15, you'll see that after endless "comments" containing nothing but music links, another user, "Bravia Justicia," posted the following:
"This page is about our soldiers.
If you can't stay on that, there are lots of other pages to visit."
Scroll down to see the attacks on this user that HuffPost reviewed, approved and made the decision to publish. Then scroll up to the top of the thread, and see how HuffPost also allowed them to "put it to a vote":
To delve a little further into "Bravia Justicia," here's his/her user profile, taken about this time. Do you see anything that would merit HuffPost taking disciplinary action against him/her?
Neither do we. Yet shortly after this exchange, HuffPost chose to ban "Bravia Justicia" --- and to leave all or the vast majority of these protected radical leftists free to continue posting their violating comments at will... on a thread dealing with the deaths of American soldiers.
This is merely a continuation of HuffPost's persistent bias against the U.S. military. See:
HuffPost's Protection Of Blood Libels Against The U.S. Military
12/30/09: CIA officers murdered in Afghanistan; users erupt with hate and libels (HuffPost: "Approved!!!")
9/4/09: HuffPost essentially tells dead Marine's family, "F*&$ off, we're using your son's dying picture as our headline, over your objections"
5/4/09: The HuffPost-alJazeera alliance: Fomenting (and approving) anti-U.S. military, anti-Christian propaganda, hate and libels
4/25/09: U.S. military "torture" pictures: Are they real, or are they (#$!*%)?
9/08: Official HuffPost blogger foments conspiracy theories, potential violence against U.S. military (HuffPost: "Approved!!!")