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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 5: Sept. 23, 2009: HuffPost permits top thread re new U.S. senator to be hijacked by one of its most maniacal, long-term, protected violators... to stalk another user
As is documented here (and here, here), for the past two years, HuffPost has knowingly enabled and protected "kevenseven" (et al), whom it allowed to boast of his being interviewed in his home by the U.S. Secret Service, for his threats and urgings of violence against its protectees on the site. It has banned him at least ten times, then fully reinstated him, hours or days later. In total, HuffPost has permitted him to post an estimated 50,000 comments over his four (total) years on the site --- while censoring and banning non-violating users who dare to speak out against or mock him.
On this PDF excerpt of the thread entitled "PAUL KIRK Tapped For Kennedy Senate Seat" (here), the first thing you'll notice is that almost none of the comments have anything even remotely to do with this topic.
But our focus here is on how HuffPost permitted "kevenseven" and his "friends" to repeatedly accuse another, non-violating user, "Andrea Castillo," of having personally murdered Bill Sparkman, the federal worker found hanged in Kentucky on September 12, 2009.
You'll see on pages 4-5, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 20, that HuffPost repeatedly reviewed, approved and decided to publish comments by him to her such as, "You killed Bill Sparkman. Are you proud?," and "Did you tie the noose that hung Bill Sparkman, or did you just pull the rope?"
This was just the beginning; HuffPost permitted "kevenseven" to keep escalating these assaults over the following days, with him and his friends claiming that she'll "pay" for this crime, and that she'll "burn for it."
Addendum: On Nov. 24, the Kentucky State Police ruled Sparkman's death a suicide.