"God is just rewarding Repubs by bringing them home."
- HuffPost-approved comment by Moderator "ManWithAParachute," 221 "fans," in regards to the 250+ Americans killed in last night's storms
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Thanks to all the tipsters who sent in alerts and screencaps re this latest HuffPost outrage.
Amidst news that nearly 300 Americans had been killed by the devastating storms that swept through the southern states overnight, HuffPost put the news thread dedicated to it under double-strong comment moderation. Even though Arianna Huffington announced years ago that not a single comment would appear anywhere on her site without first being approved by a moderator, today it put up a notice that explicitly stated it on the story page:
So one might think that in the wake of this devastation, carnage and death that visited our southern neighbors, HuffPost would actually work to restrain the leftist ghouls that it has enabled and protected to violate the site's policies at will for years. One would be very disappointed.
What HuffPost allowed to occur on this thread was the most stomach-churning, chilling tirade of leftist ghoulishness we've witnessed since documenting what it perpetrated on its Gabby Giffords shooting story thread (more here).
Specifically, HuffPost's rules dictate that it does not allow, and will not publish comments containing celebrations or urgings of anyone's death or illness, or slurs based on religion or other factors, or hate of any kind, or off-topic content.
Yet on this story thread, HuffPost enabled its Moderators and its veteran users (500+ "fans") to post comments containing claims that these Americans were killed because they voted for the wrong party --- or because they're Christians --- or because they support the Tea Party --- and that perhaps this will cause others to have a change of heart (or political affiliation).
Think we're exaggerating? Judge for yourself (and take a look at the actual thread). Then ask yourself, if you were one of the big-league advertisers whose money makes this all possible, would you really want to be visibly associated with this kind of hate --- let alone for enabling it? Is this the behavior you expect from the #1 most-read blog on Earth, and a top-ten U.S. “news” site?
A sampling of the comments
The following is a small sampling of the ghoulishness that HuffPost deliberately reviewed, approved and decided to publish on this thread. After reading these "comments," you might consider writing one or a few of HuffPost's advertisers --- especially if you do business with them in any way.
April 29 update
(Submitted by "JJ") These are some of the most chilling comments we've yet seen. The first two explicitly claim that those who died in these storms "deserved it!" Also, note that each one indicates it was "Flagged Successful," meaning that HuffPost was notified that this is an abusive comment. So how much do you want to bet that next month, next year, each of these long-term (150+ "fans") radical leftist ghouls will still be enabled and protected by HuffPost, just as it does with the worst-of-the-worst violators of its policies, while it censors and fast-bans users who dare to attempt to stand up to or mock them?
And here, HuffPost merely approved this user to claim that conservatives, presumably those who were killed in this storm, are "inhuman." HuffPost's "Comment Policy" claims that it prohibits, and will not publish, comments that are posted "with the explicit intention of provoking other commenters." Stay classy, HuffPost:
April 30 update
Despite our reports that HuffPost has been receiving dozens of complaint emails, it just keeps reviewing, approving and publishing the hate-filled comments against the victims of this tragedy by the radical leftists that it enables and protects. Thanks to reader "Gabriel" for these screencaps.
Let's start with these two comments HuffPost approved by "LittleBigCheese," claiming that "banjo futures are up," and how badly the region's meth labs will be affected:
Next up: HuffPost approved "Think Outside The Fox" to make fun of people in the South who live in "bagger trailers," which were presumably destroyed in this storm:
And finally, HuffPost approved "spinns" (1,484 "fans") to tell the victims of this storm, "red states: payback karma's a *****"
We're getting quite a few emails and comments from leftists who complain that we're not being fair; that we haven't taken account of what some conservatives said in the wake of Ted Kennedy's death, for instance.
Our response: There are hateful people across the political spectrum. But what this blog article documents is the fact that HuffPost --- which claims it is nonpartisan and professionally run, doesn't tolerate any hate speech, and whose existence is dependent on advertising dollars --- knowingly, willfully, deliberately facilitated the outpouring of radical leftist hate speech against the people who were killed in this storm.
Show us the equivalent of that ever happening on the conservative side of the blogosphere, and then we'll chat, complainers.
- Dec. 2010 Special Report: HuffPost MODERATOR: "Hey, let's murder Boehner, the Kochs and others!!!" (HuffPost: "Approved, protected!!!")
- HuffPost allows banned radical leftist Moderator to return, resume posting threats against Scalia, the Kochs --- and bans users who complain
- Dec. 2010 Special Report: HuffPost enables, protects MODERATORS to post threats, urgings of violence
- Dec. 2010: "Hey, let's go murder energy industry executives!!!" (HuffPost: "Approved, protected!!!")
Flashback: Arianna's laws:
- "We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to abusive or hateful language or comments." (3/20/08)
- "If you're looking for the usual flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric ... don't bother coming to the Huffington Post." (5/6/05)
- "Our comments on the news site were originally post-moderated (i.e., objectionable comments were removed only after our moderators were alerted). We eventually decided that it was worth the substantial effort and expense to have human pre-moderation on both blogs and news." (July 2008)