Thursday, December 31, 2009

12/30/09: CIA officers murdered in Afghanistan; users erupt with hate and libels (HuffPost: "Approved!!!")

On December 30, 2009, HuffPost decided to publish the story of eight CIA officers who were murdered in the line of duty.

One might think that given the seriousness of this story, and how many times HuffPost has been exposed for the hate it has allowed to fester on its comment threads, it might work to actually work to enforce its Comment Policy on this one.

As this article documents, that person would be very wrong. HuffPost ignored its own Comment Policy, by reviewing, approving and deciding to publish comments that sound as if they came directly from al Qaeda --- denouncing these CIA officers (and the CIA in general) as "killers" and "criminals." It also allowed long-term violators of its policies to "hijack" the thread to discuss music, romance, and anything but the murder of these patriots.

HuffPost's Protection Of Blood Libels Against The U.S. Military

5/4/09: The HuffPost-alJazeera alliance: Fomenting (and approving) anti-U.S. military, anti-Christian propaganda, hate and libels

9/4/09: HuffPost essentially tells dead Marine's family, "F*&$ off, we're using your son's dying picture as our headline, over your objections"

4/25/09: U.S. military "torture" pictures: Are they real, or are they (#$!*%)?


On December 30, 2009, HuffPost's splash front page headline was entitled:
8 CIA Officers Killed In Afghan Suicide Attack

In the story, the Taliban claimed responsibility, and justification for this murderous attack.

So what kinds of user comments do you think HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish on this thread?

The radical leftists that HuffPost attracts and protects claim they are America's real "patriots." So what types of comments do you think they submitted in response to this story?

Below is a sampling, captured and submitted to Huff-Watch by an astute observer.

As you review these comments, keep the following in mind:
  • HuffPost has been pre-moderating user comments on its news threads since at least March 2008 --- meaning that no comment appears without HuffPost having reviewed, approved and made the decision to publish it. This was all confirmed by Ms. Huffington in a July 2008 interview. When asked to identify the biggest mistake HuffPost made since its debut, she replied:

    "From the beginning, I would have established a policy of pre-moderating all comments on the site... [O]ur 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."

  • HuffPost's "Comment Policy" claims that the site prohibits "ad hominem attacks and attacks including comments that celebrate the death or illness of any person, public figure or otherwise." HuffPost also claims that it works diligently, 24-7, to prevent violations of its policies from appearing on the site.

  • Some of the comments that HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish sound like they came directly from al Qaeda, Hamas, the Taliban, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Might some of them be among the 135,000 users that visit HuffPost from Iran and Pakistan each month, who may disguise themselves behind American-sounding user names (See Section 4.3 here)?

  • Ms. Huffington and other HuffPost representatives have insisted that such hate comments only "accidentally... slip through" (see Section 1 here, and here). Further, as is documented in Sections 6 & 7 in this special report, HuffPost routinely bans non-violating users after as few as six comments, for daring to challenge or mock the most egregious violators of its "comment policy" --- including anti-Semites.

  • Many users have 20 to over 400 "fans" (highlighted in bold), meaning they are not hit and run "trolls" that Ms. Huffington falsely claims are the ones primarily responsible for comments that violate her site's policies. In fact, contrary to her claims that such users are dealt with promptly, look on the right margin to see screencaps proving that nearly two months later, HuffPost has permitted these users to continue commenting --- again, while at the same time, banning non-violating users after as few as six comments.

  • Can you imagine how these murder victims' families, colleagues and loved ones would have felt if they decided to visit HuffPost --- the world's #1 blogsite, and one that has been legitimized by President Obama and top advertisers --- to see how it dealt with the deaths of these patriots?


condor101 53 fans permalink
Poetic Justice for the CIA. [...] The CIA is a criminal organization, full of murderers.
Posted 09:28 AM on 12/31/2009
[Note: HuffPost has permitted this user to remain active as of February 22, 2010; see screencap at right.]

Topo 2 fans permalink
Don't blame AQ or Taliban. Blame the killing of Afghan kids and civilian by US drone or bombs.[...] For Gods sake get your a** out of the territory that you don't belong. [...]
Posted 08:56 AM on 12/31/2009

GreatNews27 25 fans permalink
Collateral damage.
Kinda like a drone strike. Move on.
Posted 02:41 PM on 12/30/2009

x76 16 fans permalink
We are the invaders. One has to admire the fortitude of the suicide bomber... So we have eight dead mercenaries. Killed by a true patriot.
Posted 02:37 PM on 12/30/2009
[Note: HuffPost has permitted this user to remain active as of February 22, 2010; see screencap at right.]

Rule Of Law 166 fans permalink
[...] US Out of the Middle East!
Posted 03:06 PM on 12/30/2009

GOPtakesEllisDee 280 fans permalink
[...] Be nice to America or we'll come to your country and spread democracy.
Posted 03:00 PM on 12/30/2009
[Note: HuffPost has permitted this user to remain active as of February 22, 2010; see screencap at right.]

1984IsHere 31 fans permalink
My goodness. The US govt can't even spin the lies fast enough [...]
Posted 02:58 PM on 12/30/2009

71 fans permalink
Lies and slander.
There are 100,000 MERCENARIES in Afghanistan. Not "private security forces." [...]
Posted 03:23 PM on 12/30/2009

lawguy 3 fans permalink
There are no American "civilians" in Afghanistan.
Posted 03:25 PM on 12/30/2009

JamesR. 212 fans permalink
The women and children k ill ed? How about them?

Posted 03:26 PM on 12/30/2009
Ed.: "JamesR.," has a bit of a history on Huff-Watch: He's now only up to 14,000+ comments since 2008 that HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish --- while it routinely censors and bans non-violating users after as few as six comments. A "JamesR." classic: “Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with Jooooz [Jews]", 11/22/08 (Screencap 1, 2)


hip dibler
11 fans permalink
civilians? is that what we call private contractors when you want us to feel sorry for them?
Posted 03:16 PM on 12/30/2009
DeCosta permalink
Every murderer has a mother. And every mercenary is a murderer. [...]
Posted 03:21 PM on 12/30/2009
[Note: HuffPost has permitted this user to remain active as of February 22, 2010; see screencap at right.]


pahpah25 6 fans permalink
and why are we supposed to care about this?????

these people were not forced to go to afghanista
n......they are there for the money [...]
Posted 03:38 PM on 12/30/2009

468 fans permalink
Do you think they were mercs?
Posted 03:39 PM on 12/30/2009


23 fans permalink
Hope so.

Posted 03:48 PM on 12/30/2009


ILuvBubbles 77 fans permalink
Live by the sword, Die by the sword!

Posted 04:33 PM on 12/30/2009
[Note: HuffPost has permitted this user to remain active as of February 22, 2010; see screencap at right.]


LarsGruber 35 fans permalink
How about stop killing them and stealing from the survivors?
Posted 05:02 PM on 12/30/2009
[Note: HuffPost has permitted this user to remain active since October 2005 under the same screen name, as of February 22, 2010; see screencap at right.]


As in other instances of news stories concerning tragedies involving American soldiers, HuffPost permitted its resident "gang" of radical leftists to hijack this thread to turn it into... "music night," etc.

Still not nauseated? Well, HuffPost wasn't quite done yet.

Because as the following screencaps show, HuffPost consciously allowed some of the most notorious, long-term, protected violators of its policies to "hijack" this of all comment threads, for their own purposes. These include "poco767c" (a notorious anti-Semite),
"LadyNaga" (see Example 1 here), "Carl-Vee," "foxinretreat," "MNMommy," and others. First up: A discussion of John Fogerty:

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