Friday, April 17, 2015

HuffPost relabels cop-murderer as "activist"

On April 15, HuffPost continued its practice of deliberately misleading its readers, by misidentifying convicted murders and terror-supporters as "activists."

This time, HuffPost employed its journalistic malpractice in an effort to rehabilitate the image of  Mumia Abu-Jamal, the radical leftist and militant founding member of the Black Panthers.  Here's the "news" headline that HuffPost ran about him on its front page, on April 15:
Teacher Sparks Outcry For Asking Students To Write To Jailed Activist

To fully grasp HuffPost's malicious betrayal of even the most elementary standards of journalistic integrity, let's remind ourselves of who this person is that it labeled a "jailed activist."  Courtesy of DiscoverTheNetworks (emphasis added):
Officer Daniel Faulker
[T]he event that decisively catapulted Abu-Jamal into the public eye occurred shortly after 3:55 a.m. on December 9, 1981, when a 25-year-old white Philadelphia police officer named Daniel Faulkner made a traffic stop of William Cook, Abu-Jamal’s brother, who was driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Faulkner pulled behind Cook's car, radioed for police backup, approached Cook’s vehicle, and ordered the driver to get out of his car. 
While Faulkner handcuffed the driver, Abu-Jamal, who was employed at that time as a cab driver, was parked across the street in his taxi.  He suddenly got out of his vehicle, ran toward Faulkner, and shot him in the back. As the officer fell, he drew his own gun and managed to shoot Abu-Jamal in the chest, wounding but not killing him. The gun-wielding cabdriver then fired repeatedly at Faulkner, finally dispatching him from close range with a bullet between his eyes. Abu Jamal's presence near the scene of the roadside stop at that particular moment has led to serious speculation that William Cook had intentionally led Faulkner into an ambush—one that had all the earmarks of other Black Panther provocations in places like Newark and Oakland.
HuffPost's "activist"
The body of evidence placing Abu-Jamal at the scene of Faulkner’s killing was overwhelming. When the arresting officers arrived at the scene, Abu-Jamal was sitting on a curb near Faulkner’s corpse, with a fresh gunshot wound incurred from the young officer’s weapon.
Not only did five witnesses see Abu-Jamal shoot Faulkner, but the bullets that were later pulled from Faulkner’s chest and brain were matched to the .38 caliber handgun that was registered to Abu-Jamal and which was sitting at his feet when the police arrived at the murder scene. Moreover, the gun had five empty cartridges when investigators found it.
This is the monster whom HuffPost labeled an "activist."  And by claiming he's a "jailed activist," without referencing the fact that he is a convicted murderer, HuffPost was deliberately continuing its racial lies and incitement, which HUFF-WATCH documented in extreme detail in the special report, "Did Huffington Post's incitement and bias contribute to the murders of two NYPD officers?"

Moving on, HuffPost knew, or should have known, that the "teacher" in its headline did not "ask" her students - third-graders - to write get well cards to this convicted murderer, she ordered them to do so. How do we know this?  Because the AP, HuffPost's #1 most-cited news source, reported on April 11 - four days before HuffPost published its "story" - ran this story about the incident:

This is part of HuffPost's continuing, willful pattern of deliberately misleading its readers, by misidentifying convicted murders and terror-supporters as "activists." 

A few well-documented incidents of this pathological behavior, by the #1 most widely-read online "newspaper" in the world, which has repeatedly claimed it is "nonpartisan":

Why Hamas loves HuffPost: Marwan Barghouti image-whitewashing edition

In this incident, HuffPost severely edited a news story it sourced from the AP to falsely depict a convicted Palestinian mass-murderer and terror kingpin as a"jailed leader."  Only after HUFF-WATCH's detailed report reached the blogosphere that HuffPost surrender, and post the entire, unedited source article - but then lied as to when it was published, in a failed attempt to cover its tracks.

Huffpo Newspeak: Out "Terrorists", In "Activists" (Jawa Report)

In this incident, our friends at the Jawa Report ran with the screencaps we provided, to cover this story.  In summary, in HuffPost's endless jihad against the U.S. intelligence and military communities, it falsely alleged that the NSA was "spying" on "activists porn habits."  

But who are the "activists" to whom HuffPost referred?  Turns out they're Al Qaeda supporters and donors - as its own "news" article revealed.  HuffPost deliberately ignored that fact, and relabeled supporters of the terrorists who murdered 2,977 Americans on 9/11, and countless U.S. soldiers and intelligence personnel since then.

All part of HuffPost's endless lies, bias, and incitement against police officers, the U.S. military, Israel and Jews.

How does this all compare to Arianna Huffington's claims that HuffPost is a professional "newspaper," and better than its competitors?

“[T]he news is not right-wing news or left-wing news, it's the news. And that will be the sensibility, that will basically permeate our news coverage.”
- Arianna Huffington
“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 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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