Sunday, July 29, 2012

HuffPost busted in another lie: Follow-up on Penn. Jewish child camp attacks

In our last installment, we documented the fact that HuffPost completely ignored ABC News's July 26 story of five individuals being charged with felonies and misdemeanors for terrorizing and threatening children at a Jewish summer camp in Pennsylvania.

As we noted, rather than being an isolated incident, this is part of HuffPost's long pattern of ignoring or burying stories of attacks on Jewish children (and Jews in general) --- yet rushing to its front page stories about allegations of Jewish/Israeli wrongdoing or Muslim suffering... even when it knows there is no evidence to support the charges.

Now, thanks to a tip from an alert reader, "Miranda," HuffPost apparently is trying to cover its tracks in the wake of our story --- but decided to lie about it, as well. Specifically:
  • Sometime at about 10:00am July 28, HuffPost decided to publish the story --- but in a place that no one could find it, without searching.
  • HuffPost lied by claiming it published the story at 8:27pm on July 26 --- almost 24 hours before we proved that it was not published at all. HuffPost even went so far as to falsely claim on its internal search engine that the story was published on July 25 --- a day before the ABC News story it cited was published.
  • We can prove that HuffPost did not publish the story until after 10:00am on July 28 --- which is when the first of a smidgen of user comments were posted on it, a tiny fraction of comments that appear on any of its other news stories concerning Jews and/or Israel, and which are posted in a place that readers can see them.
This is significant for four reasons:
1) It further documents HuffPost's continuing pattern of lying to the general public and its advertisers. Specifically, we've documented over and over again its false public statements, alleging that it is non-partisan in its "journalism," and that it is vigilant in its efforts to prevent and stop users from posting "comments" containing hate speech, anti-Semitism, threats, incitement of violence, and engage in cyberstalking and threats against other users (which we will be documenting in the near future).

2) It documents the apparently absolute impunity with which HuffPost perpetrates its lies --- as if no one of consequence will ever hold it to public account for its behavior.

3) It indicates the perhaps the emails we encourage readers to send to HuffPost's senior executives and its advertisers, to oppose its long-term pattern of incitement and tolerance of hate against Israel and Jews, may be having an effect. (Note: Our friends at HuffPostMonitor are doing terrific work at exposing the same things.)

4) It may indicate HuffPost's effort to deflect criticism from readers and advertisers, by falsely claiming that our documentation was wrong --- that it in fact it had published the story.

Here's our evidence of HuffPost's lies concerning this thread:

(1) HuffPost manipulated its internal search engine to falsely make it appear that it published the story on July 25 --- a day before the ABC News story it cited was published.

In our previous screencap of a search at HuffPost under the term "Camp Bonim," we showed that as of 3:00pm on July 27, HuffPost had not published the story anywhere that readers could see it (note the "Huff-Wires" indicator, explained in our previous post). Yet as shown in the screencap below, taken at 11:20pm on July 28 --- one day after or expose' --- HuffPost's internal search engine claims that it published the story "three days ago," which would put it at July 25:

(2) HuffPost falsely claimed that it published the story at 8:27pm on July 26 --- almost 24 hours before we proved that it was not published at all.

We proved here that as of 3:00pm on July 27, HuffPost had not published the story. Yet now, if you go to the story page link, HuffPost's time stamp falsely claims that it published the story at 8:27pm, the night before:

Further, the URL of HuffPost's story proves when it actually published the story --- on July 28 --- not on July 25 or 26, as it falsely claimed:

(3) HuffPost published the story in a place that no one could find it, without searching.

Whenever HuffPost publishes on its front page any story concerning Israel or Jews, it ignites a torrent of user comments --- a fair portion (to a majority) of which contain anti-Semitic hatred, libels or conspiracy theories (which it supposedly refuses to publish). In fact, as we documented in our first major report on HuffPost's incitement and tolerance of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred, more than three years ago (June 2009) Columbia University professor Lincoln Mitchell noted that on nearly every HuffPost news story concerning international issues --- regardless of the topic --- he and his friends find that it usually takes no more than ten comments before users are finding a way to blame Jews.

This PDF, taken on July 28 at 3:00pm of HuffPost's front page shows that it had not published the story there. Instead, it decided that "news" stories about boobs, about Arianna's friend Norman Lear's 90th birthday, and about teenage sex were more important than this story.

Yet as the screencap below shows, also taken at at 11:17pm on July 28, the post had only generated a total of 14 user comments:

Anyone who knows anything about HuffPost knows full well that had this story been published anywhere that users could actually see it, it would have many hundreds if not thousands of comments.

Further, the screencap below shows that the first of these comments was posted at 10:26am on July 28... (see "about 13 hours ago")... not on July 26:

How do we know that was the first comment on the thread? Through two facts:
(1) There is no indicator beneath the comment that there are more pages to the thread, as there are on pretty much every other HuffPost news story.

(2) This PDF, which we also captured of the thread at 11:20pm on July 28 shows that, in fact, that was the first comment (see bottom of the page).

How does this all compare to Arianna's claims that HuffPost is a professional "newspaper," and better than its competitors?
“We are aiming to go beyond just facts, to create a narrative. We think bringing journalism to a new level is exactly what people are looking for.”
- Arianna Huffington

"If you're going to produce great journalism, you have to build a team of people who are working together and driving toward the same goals editorially.”
- Arianna Huffington

“[T]oo many reporters have forgotten that the highest calling of journalists is to ferret out the truth, consequences be damned."
- Arianna Huffington


If you believe HuffPost should stop its lying and deception, and start living up to its repeated claims of nonpartisanship, particularly in its coverage of Jewish affairs, 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 others who support Israel and Jews --- particularly journalists!!!


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