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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 6: Nov. 28, 2008: HuffPost permits top thread re Mumbai, India terror attacks to be hijacked by radical leftists for... insanity
If you were beginning to wonder if what's described above is a recent phenomenon at HuffPost, the following will answer this question. This event occurred more than a year ago --- and 8 months after HuffPost began pre-moderating all comments on its news threads, including this one.
This top news headline at HuffPost, entitled Indian Commandos Storm Besieged Jewish Center, is located here. Obviously, this was a very solemn occasion, that caused (normal) people throughout the world to grieve with the Indians. Jews in particular were outraged by this aspect of the Mumbai attacks, as it was deliberately designed to perpetrate mass murder at this Jewish center.
The following PDF excerpt shows what happened on but a few pages of this thread at HuffPost. While this excerpt does not contain the vulgar ad hominem attacks, the "music night" revelry, or the other types of violations that HuffPost allows its protected caste of radical leftists to perpetrate, practically none of these comments have anything even remotely to do with the Mumbai attacks.