Saturday, April 21, 2012

HuffPost violates own rules to enable another smear-fest against Andrew Breitbart

"The good thing is that he is just gone. Pretty warm were he's at."
--- A sampling of the user and Moderator comments submitted in response to Andrew Breitbart's cause-of-death report, that HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish (even though it's an egregious violation of its policy against celebrating anyone's illness or death).
"We have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to abusive or hateful language or comments... [W]e decided that it was worth the substantial effort and expense to have human pre-moderation on both blogs and news."
--- Arianna Huffington

On Friday, April 20, HuffPost published this story about the coroner's report on the cause of Andrew Breitbart's death on March 1, at age 43:
The Los Angeles County coroner's office has ruled that conservative blogger and commentator Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure stemming from coronary disease.
As shown in the above screencap, HuffPost announced up front that not a single user comment would appear on the Breitbart thread until and unless it had been reviewed and approved by one of its Moderators:
"Our moderators screen these comments before they are published"

For as Arianna Huffington publicly said over the past few years:
"We have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to abusive or hateful language or comments... [W]e decided that it was worth the substantial effort and expense to have human pre-moderation on both blogs and news."

Given all this, there was zero chance that even one comment would appear on the Breitbart thread that violated HuffPost's polices, which dictate that it does not publish any comments that:
"...celebrate the death, illness... of any person... or (contains) hate speech... or ad hominem attacks of any kind... or speech that is vile... [...]..."

So what kinds of comments do you think HuffPost allowed to appear on the thread devoted to Andrew, one of HuffPost's co-creators? Let's take a look.

HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish one hate-filled, libelous, rule-violating comment against Andrew Breitbart after another

The following are just some examples of what we clipped from the 58 comments that HuffPost had chosen to publish at that time:

Note how many of these users have more than 100 "fans," meaning that HuffPost has been enabling them for a very, very long time (see special report here on how HuffPost enables, protects and emboldens the most egregious violators of its comment policy --- invariably radical leftists). 

Let's start with one of HuffPost's Moderators:

1246 Fans
Of course it was heart failure. Anyone reading his work knew THAT was coming.


Mindy Czech
735 Fans
How can someone without a heart die of heart failure? I find this so surprising.


4 Fans
The good thing is that he is just gone.
Pretty warm were he's at.


56 Fans
Heart failure! Right wing Republican! Not a coincidence. Their hearts are cold.


898 Fans
Like all Republicans, he lived his in excess, refusing to allow anyone to tell him how he should live and eat...even though what was advised to him about his unhealthy eating and lack of exercise was for his own good. Typical conservative mindset. Now, his family will have to go on without him in life.

48 Fans
Impossible. One must have a heart in order for it to fail. Sounds like a cover up to me.

262 Fans
How is that possible when Conservatives have no hearts?

Commentary: The long pattern of HuffPost's assaults on Andrew, and other conservatives who become ill or pass away

Rather than being an isolated incident, this is part of the consistent pattern of HuffPost --- under Arianna Huffington's exclusive leadership --- breaking its rules in order to engage in an effective "jihad" against Andrew. Ironically, only a few years earlier, Arianna relied on Andrew to play a major role in the development of HuffPost, for which he was from then on credited with being one of the site's "co-creators." 

March 2011: Van Jones, a HuffPost front-page blogger, began publicly calling Andrew a "racist."  Arianna said nothing in Andrew's defense, and tacitly affirmed Van Jones' libelous smear, by allowing him to maintain his blogging privileges at HuffPost. 

March 24, 2011: As we documented in this special report, HuffPost kicked Andrew off the front page blogger's row because it claimed he "violate(d) the tenets of debate and civil discourse" by calling Van Jones a "commie punk" in another publication, in reaction to his being falsely called a "racist."  Yet HuffPost continued to allow other front page bloggers who had perpetrated far more serious violations of its policies to remain active.  Example: Roseanne Barr, who several months earlier dressed up as Hitler eating burnt Jewish "people cookies" out of an oven. 

March 1, 2012: In violation of its own policies, HuffPost allowed the thread concerning Andrew's death to be overwhelmed with celebrations of his passing, and ad hominem attacks against him.  An example (from a user whom it has allowed to remain active):

The minute after Andrew Breitbart died the world became a better place.

March 1, 2012 and beyond: Arianna did not post a single blog article or commentary about her thoughts on Andrew's passing, and his contribution to the development of HuffPost, working out of her home at the time.  She said nothing about the closeness of their relationship, to the point where she would leave her tween daughters entrusted to his care while she ran errands.  Proof here and below: 

Yet as shown here, when Arianna wants to make her voice known on any subject, she will plaster her face all over HuffPost. 

This was not an isolated incident in regards to HuffPost ignoring its own rules to facilitate an outpouring of hatred against a conservative who's ill or just passed.  Examples:
HuffPost approves leftist vultures to spit on Sec. Eagleburger --- on the day of his death

HuffPost approves Moderators, users to vilify, wish death upon ailing Billy Graham

VP Cheney hospitalized; HuffPost approves users to unleash death wishes

Users unleash hatred for, libels against Tony Snow --- on the day he died (HuffPost: "Approved!!!") 

ACTION ITEMS: Do HuffPost's advertisers know what it is using its ad revenue to facilitate?

We'd like to think not, but there's only one way to find out:
  • Contact HuffPost's advertisers --- especially those with whom you already do business.
    Let them know your thoughts on how HuffPost has been using the money they provide it to engage in this persistent pattern of facilitating hate speech against conservatives who are ill or on their death-beds.
  • Send this article to journalists, newspapers and TV networks that you trust --- whether on a local or national basis.
    Ask them to take a look at our documentation, and urge them to do some investigating. As you can see, throughout HUFF-WATCH is an encyclopedic cornucopia of physical evidence that backs up every aspect of every one of our allegations.


1 comment:

  1. IMHO Huffington Post does not lock threads down to keep vicious and hateful comments out but to manipulate the climate of the threads and escalate the verbal violence against anybody only suspected of being a Republican.

    By dehumanizing Republicans on Huffington it’s like they are systematically teaching people how to hate blindly, absolutely and on command in a herd think eco chamber absolved of all personal and individual responsibility.