As regular HuffPost readers know, and our extensive archive shows, when HuffPost sinks its fangs into a story that it can spin to make Israel look bad, it keeps the story on its front page for as long as it can be milked for user traffic (and hate-filled user comments). Usually, this occurs over at least several days.
One example of this practice was HuffPost's treatment of the May 2010 "Flotilla of Terror." As we documented here, day after day, HuffPost devoted the top of its front page to the most inflammatory accusations against Israel --- while conveniently ignoring all of the evidence that revealed the truth about this incident:
HuffPost perpetrated a similar act on May 15, 2011, when it presented the story of "naqba" riots on Israel's borders in a way that could only serve to incite hatred against the Jewish state, based on false and misleading allegations. Specifically, as we documented here, HuffPost claimed Israel "fired on Palestinian protesters" --- even though its own story showed its headline was untrue.
HuffPost had achieved its purpose, however: to continue its pathological incitement of hate against Israel, based on the libel that it is always attacking poor, defenseless, peace-seeking Palestinian Muslims. Predictably, HuffPost's action incited a torrent of user comments containing anti-Semitic hatred and propaganda --- a number of which it reviewed, approved and decided to publish.
On May 16, 2011 however, HuffPost did something very unusual:
At 11:30am, HuffPost's top-of-the-front-page splash headline was another one of its "poor Palestinians vs. brutal Israelis" stories about the "naqba" riots
But by 2:30pm the same day, HuffPost completely removed the story from its front page --- along with all other stories about the "naqba" riots --- and instead, placed it at the very bottom of a secondary page, where no one who wasn't looking for it could find it.
What would cause HuffPost to take such dramatic, unusual action in regards to a story that was already producing exactly the kind of anti-Israel hate comments that typically flood such threads?
This article reveals the truth behind "HuffPost's amazing anti-Israel headline story disappearance trick!!!" --- backed up with the meticulous documentation that our readers have learned to expect, to prove every allegation.
At 11:50am on May 16, this was HuffPost's screaming front page headline
The headline led to this story page, which HuffPost sourced from Reuters.
Side note: Note HuffPost's selection of a lone, fresh-faced, non-masked Muslim boy, throwing a rock at a wall --- in what could well have been a Pallywood-staged photo --- as if it was acts like these that caused Israel to "fire on Palestinian protesters" like him, as it alleged the day before.
Oh wait --- we documented, Israel didn't "fire on Palestinians." HuffPost chose to not use any of these photos of the actual riots, and rioters, for its inflammatory headline:
HuffPost's continuing photo-incitement of hate against Israel aside... let's now focus on its magical removal of this post altogether...
Yet by 2:30pm on May 16 --- three hours later --- HuffPost completely removed that story from its front page, and placed it instead in the bottom-most position on a secondary page, with a new photo.
Standard HuffPost practice is to take whatever had been the headline at the top of the front page and move it down slightly, as a new story replaces it. As the story dies down, it is gradually moved down the center column of the front page, over a period of days, until it's finally put into archive. As noted above, the screaming front page headline of the boy throwing the rock appeared on HuffPost at 11:50am on May 16.
Yet by 2:30pm the same day, we observed that HuffPost:
- Completely removed this story, and all references to the "naqba" riots and Israel, from its front page
- Moved the story to the very bottom of a secondary page
- Replaced the photo of the young boy, with one of a dead Muslim being carried by other "protesters"
Why would HuffPost remove the story, three hours after deciding to publish it at the top of the front page?
Why would HuffPost not leave the story posted, as it's done in dozens of other instances in which it incited hate against Israel, and allow it to act as an incitement-magnet for the radical leftists and Islamists that flock to the site, so they can voice their unhinged hate towards Israel and Jews?
Here's a hint: The story that HuffPost published at 11:30am was sourced from Reuters:
At 2:08pm, however, Reuters published another story, which was carried by YahooNews and the Jerusalem Post, among many other outlets, entitled:
U.S. Accuses Syria Of Inciting Israel Border Clashes
The White House accused the Syrian government on Monday of inciting deadly border clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian demonstrators, saying Damascus was trying to distract attention from its own violent crackdown on protests.
White House spokesman Jay Carney expressed regret for the loss of life in confrontations on Israel's frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday but said the Jewish state "has the right to prevent unauthorized crossing at its borders."
HuffPost completely ignored this new story from Reuters.
Notably, in HuffPost's original version of the story (May 15), Israel said almost the exact same thing:
Israeli defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, acknowledged the military was caught off guard by the violent marches. Officials also said there were strong signs that Syria and its Iranian-backed Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, orchestrated the unrest.
"The Syrian regime is intentionally attempting to divert international attention away from the brutal crackdown of their own citizens to incite against Israel," said Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, an Israeli military spokeswoman. [...]
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who heads to Washington at the end of the week, said he ordered the military to act with "maximum restraint" but vowed a tough response to further provocations. "Nobody should be mistaken. We are determined to defend our borders and sovereignty," he declared in a brief address broadcast live on Israeli TV stations.
The fact is that HuffPost removed the story only after the White House verified Israel's allegations about Syria inciting and orchestrating these riots, and echoed its moral right to defend its borders from these rioters.
This is worth exploring in a bit more detail:
When HuffPost decided it could use the story of the "naqba" riots in such a way as to incite hate against Israel --- by depicting it as having "fired on" peaceful "Palestinian protesters" who were acting purely of their own volition --- it considered that story to be top-of-the-front-page headline news.
Yet when the White House echoed Israel's claims that these rioters were actually the violent face of the Syrian regime's efforts to deflect attention from the fact that it has murdered 850 of its own citizens in recent weeks, HuffPost decided that story was not news, and gave it no coverage --- none.
Further, HuffPost removed its headline splash story (of the lone boy throwing rocks at an Israeli border wall), and moved it to the bottom of a secondary page --- leaving its entire front page free of all references to the "naqba" riots.
So what "news stories" did HuffPost decide were more important to put on its front page on May 16-17, instead of any more stories about the "naqba" riots --- or the fact than the White House affirmed Israel's claims, and its right to defend its borders from these rioters?
Let's take a look at a few examples:
Flashback: "Arianna says"
“[T]oo many reporters have forgotten that the highest calling of journalists is to ferret out the truth, consequences be damned.”
- Arianna Huffington, July 29, 2008
“[Arianna Huffington] sees herself as the future of journalism, not the end of it.”
- Time, March 19, 2009
“[W]e are increasingly seen ... as an Internet newspaper, not positioned ideologically in terms of how we cover the news.”
- Arianna Huffington, May 22, 2009
AOL's acquisition of HuffPost "has allowed us... to continue to change the culture here."
--- Tim Armstrong, Chairman, AOL, May 14, 2011
ACTION ITEMS: Why this is all so serious --- and what you can do about it
HuffPost's incitement and manipulation wouldn't be so serious --- or so potentially deadly --- were it not the #1 most-read blog on Earth, and a top-ten U.S. “news” site --- or have 700,000 unique monthly visitors who originate in Muslim-majority nations (250,000 in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan alone).
If you share our view that HuffPost's actions in regards to this story are outrageous, and are opposed to its long, long history of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement and bias, we urge you to do three things:
(1) Make your voice known to HuffPost's senior management here.
(2) Consider writing or calling one or more of HuffPost's top advertisers, to let them know your thoughts on what their ad dollars are enabling.
An easy way to approach this is to scan our easy-to-use directory and find one or two corporations that you are a customer of, or have stock in. Your concerns will automatically be given considerably more weight. Also, request a follow-up after they've had a chance to review the evidence; don't let them off the hook, or sweep this under the rug.
(3) Forward the link to this story along to friends and journalists who you think might be interested in learning what HuffPost really is, and does --- and how long its incitement against Israel and Jews has been going on.