Examples of HuffPost giving top coverage to alleged hate crimes against people in FAVORED GROUPS

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As noted here, HuffPost has a de facto policy of dividing people into two distinct castes, or groups, and using this division to decide whether or not to report alleged hate crimes (defined here) against them:

Favored Groups: Democrats, leftists, left-leaning African-, Hispanic- and Muslim-Americans, and illegal aliens (which it falsely refers to as “immigrants” or “undocumented migrants”)

Worthless Groups: White people, Republicans, conservatives, Jews (especially Israelis), right-leaning African-, Hispanic- and Muslim-Americans, active-duty and retired U.S. military and law enforcement personnel — and even the animals in their care, President Trump and his family, presidential electors, and any entertainer who intended to perform for Trump’s inauguration

This page contains documentation of how HuffPost consistently showers top-level, sympathetic, often sustained coverage to allegations of hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups.

Related:

Examples of HuffPost ignoring hate crimes against people it considers to be Worthless

Examples of HuffPost legitimizing fake hate crimes against Muslims


Contents

Preface 1: HuffPost set up a comprehensive sub-site dedicated to tracking “Islamophobia” incidents — even though Jews are 4-6 times more likely to be victims of (actual) hate crimes

Preface 2: HuffPost’s active and passive efforts to legitimize fake hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups

(1) Articles regarding alleged hate crimes against Muslim Americans

(2) Articles regarding alleged hate crimes against black Americans

(3) Articles regarding other alleged hate incidents against people in HuffPost’s Favored Groups


Preface 1: HuffPost set up a comprehensive sub-site dedicated to tracking “Islamophobia” incidents — even though Jews are 4-6 times more likely to be victims of (actual) hate crimes

On February 4, 2016, HuffPost launched a sub-site that was completely dedicated to tracking “Islamophobic incidents,” which it defines as anything from alleged violence to unkind words:

According to HuffPost:

It might be impossible to create a comprehensive list of discriminatory acts against American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, but The Huffington Post will document this deplorable wave of hate for all of 2016 using news reports and firsthand accounts. The breadth and severity of Islamophobia in America can no longer go unnoticed. Enough is enough.

The entries on HuffPost’s “Islamophobia timeline” range from verbal insults to actual hate crimes.

HuffPost seeks donations to support the site, and has accepted funds from one of the most notorious Islamist front groups in America, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); summary; detail.

January 24, 2017 update: HuffPost has now removed the Islamophobia site, and put its contents behind a registration wall:

HuffPost has not set up a similar site to track anti-Semitic hate crimes, which are far more prevalent, as a recent SaveTheWest report shows

While there are similar numbers of Jews and Muslims in America, according to consistent annual FBI data, Jews are three to five times more likely to be victims of hate crimes than Muslims. SaveTheWest compiled this data into a short infographic slide show:

This omission takes on special significance when one considers the fact that for many years, HuffPost has been inciting worldwide hatred of Jews and Israel, while whitewashing or ignoring those who are attacking them. An array of examples are showcased in SaveTheWest’s recent documentary:

“The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada”

Several other independentblogs have been documenting HuffPost’s endemic anti-Semitic bias and incitement as well.


Preface 2: HuffPost’s active and passive efforts to legitimize fake hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups

If one only got their got their news from HuffPost’s front page from mid-2015 through today, they would believe that America is endemically racist, Islamophobic, bigoted and violent, and that all hate crimes are perpetrated against people in its Favored Groups.

The reality, as HuffPost knows, or should have known, is the exact opposite:

(1) Since late 2015, many if not most of the alleged hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups were soon confirmed to be fakes, either having never taken place, or which were perpetrated by the alleged victim(s).  This should have caused HuffPost to exercise special, additional safeguards before rushing such items to its front page, and depicting them as having actually taken place, instead of as mere allegations.  Instead, HuffPost did the exact opposite.  See our detailed analysis of 41 examples here:

Fake hate crimes roster

(2) HuffPost actively propagated and legitimized a number of these fake hate crimes, particularly against Muslims.  It did this by taking proof-less allegations of horrific hate crimes, writing original, sympathetic stories about them (as opposed to merely publishing a wire service story), then rushing these stories to its front page, replete with shock headlines.  Then, after these hate crimes were revealed as fakes, sometimes in as little as 24 hours, it took the stories down off its front page, and updated (or replaced) the copy on the story pages, but never posted new headlines on its front page to indicate to readers that they had been misled. See our detailed analysis of 6 examples here:

Examples of HuffPost legitimizing fake hate crimes against Muslims

(3) HuffPost steadfastly ignores actual, documented hate crimes against people in the groups it views as Worthless. See our detailed analysis of 65 examples here:

Examples of HuffPost ignoring hate crimes against people it considers to be Worthless

(4) HuffPost steadfastly ignores (actual) hate crimes against Jews.  From late 2014 through year-end 2015, it ignored at least 16 such incidents. See our detailed analysis here:

Examples of HuffPost ignoring anti-Semitic hate incidents in America in 2014-2015

These facts are vital to be aware of, in considering the fervency and prominence with which HuffPost rushed every allegation of a hate crime against people in its Favored Groups to its front page, even when it knew there is no evidence to confirm it actually happened.


(1) Articles regarding alleged hate crimes against Muslim Americans

The following is a partial list of:

  • Recent articles that HuffPost published, mostly on its front page, about alleged anti-Muslim hate crimes and “Islamophobic” incidents in America, culled from HuffPost’s master directory
  • Items it published in this realm, but later removed, because they were proven to be hoaxes

A Running List Of Shameful Islamophobic Acts Since The Paris Attacks; This is not OK, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, November 20, 2015.

Student Felt ‘Criminalized’ After Campus Police Made Him Remove Palestinian Flag; His lawyer says the school could be in violation of the Civil Rights Act, by Jessica Schulberg, The Huffington Post, December 9, 2015. Excerpt:

Note: Curiously, HuffPost has a de facto policy of completely ignoring incidents in which Jewish students are discriminated against by university staffers, or they and their displays are physically attacked.  Detail here.  This matches the similar, blackout policy that it has established regarding hate crimes against Jews in general — except in cases of random vandalism on public items, when the perpetrator is not caught.  Detail here.

Muslim Women Say No One Intervened When Man Attacked Them; “I’m used to people looking at me on the street. But I don’t want to get used to people attacking me,” by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, March 8, 2016.

Note: Two days before the above article was published — on HuffPost’s front page, where it remained for two straight days — a beloved U.S. Army veteran and West Point graduate, Taylor Force, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist, in Israel. HuffPost all but ignored that story, and never published a picture of him, yet it gave sympathetic, pictorial, front-page coverage to a remorseful American ISIS terrorist, and a swan that was abused… in Eastern Europe. See a documentary video that SaveTheWest.com produced about this incident: “HuffPost’s Dehumanization of Capt. Taylor Force.”

Muslim And Hispanic Students In Kansas Allegedly Beaten By Man Yelling ‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’; The man reportedly called them “brown trash” and told them to “go home,” by Amanda Terkel Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post, March 14, 2016.

Muslim Woman Slashed In Face By Man Who Called Her ‘Terrorist’ In NYC, by Peter Andrew Hart, Front Page Editor and Andy Campbell, Reporter, The Huffington Post, March 31, 2016.

Note: The above article, which HuffPost positioned near the top of its front page, was proven within 24 hours to be a fake hate crime. In reality, the woman confessed to slashing her own face, and blaming it on an Islamophobic man. Rather than putting up a new headline to alert readers that they had been duped, however, HuffPost instead just changed the story page headline to read, “Muslim Woman Lied About Being Slashed In Face And Called ‘Terrorist’ (UPDATE),” to falsely make it appear that that was the only story it published on the matter. See details in 1.4.

The Man Planning To Desecrate A Quran At Armed Anti-Muslim Rally Is A Trump Supporter; Surprise, surprise, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, April 13, 2016.

Women Claim They Were Kicked Out Of A Cafe For Being Muslim; “Beautiful location, mediocre boba, all served with a heaping dose of racism and sexism,” one woman wrote on Facebook, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, April 26, 2016.

UCF Gun Scare Sparked By Rumors After Someone Reported A Muslim Woman In Library; Fifteen minutes of 911 recordings reveal virtually all the callers were reacting to stories they heard via text or on social media, by Tyler Kingkade, Senior Editor/Reporter, The Huffington Post, April 27, 2016.

This Islamophobic Conspiracy Theorist Lectured Police Officers About Islamic Extremism; Ryan Mauro belongs to an organization that peddles fear and misinformation about Islam, Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, April 29, 2016.

Police Are Looking For An Alleged Trump Supporter Who Attacked A Muslim Woman; The assailant allegedly called the woman a “terrorist,” by Christopher Mathias National Reporter, The Huffington Post, May 3, 2016.

Muslim Student Called ‘Isis’ In Yearbook Says She’s Being Bullied For Speaking Out; In California, over half of Muslim students like Bayan Zehlif report being harassed over their faith, Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, May 10, 2016.

Note: In the above article, HuffPost cited a self-produced survey of 621 Muslim students in CA by CAIR, showing 55% felt they were discriminated against or harassed because of their faith. Yet HuffPost completely ignored a 2015 survey of more than 12,049 Jewish students at U.S. colleges, which revealed that 73% of them discriminated against because of their faith, and 33% reported being verbally harassed.

Ice Cream Parlor Responds Perfectly To Anti-Muslim Bigotry; “You can give somebody else your business,” by Yasmin Nouh Blog Editor, The Huffington Post, May 26, 2016.

Listen To A Trump Delegate Flip Out Over Church Sign Wishing Muslims A ‘Happy Ramadan’; Matthew Jansen said in a voicemail that he was “shocked” by the “despicable,” sign, adding that Islam is a “godless,” “pagan” religion, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, June 21, 2016.

Syrian Refugee Family Living In Fear, Again, After Receiving Anti-Muslim Threat; “You are Muslim and not welcome,” the note read. But the family says the Tucson community has otherwise been warm and welcoming, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, June 24, 2016.

Muslim Man Beaten Outside Florida Mosque Attended By Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen; There was disagreement on whether the attack was racially motivated, by Reuters (via HuffPost), July 2, 2016.

‘F**k Muzlim’ And ‘Terroist’ Spray-Painted On Muslim Man’s Car; The act of vandalism is the latest in a string of alleged anti-Muslim crimes during the final week of Ramadan, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, July 6, 2016.

Someone Shot At A Texas Mosque In The Latest Attempt To Terrorize The Muslim Community; The shooting comes amid a frightening surge in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the U.S., by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, July 7, 2016.

A Mosque In Rhode Island Was Vandalized After The Nice Attacks, Someone smashed the windows and painted “Muhammad Prophet of butchers” on the building, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, July 15, 2016.

Muslim Teen Finds Note At Mosque Reading ‘F**k Islam’, The note, which also said “Muhammad was a rapist,” was reported to police, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, July 26, 2016.

The Killing Of Khalid Jabara Is An American Tragedy; In a time of rising Islamophobia and anti-Arab hate, a beloved Oklahoma man is gunned down, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, August 23, 2016.

Note: In the above article, HuffPost’s “journalist” claimed that the man who murdered the victim is a “monster”: “But five years ago, that dream turned into a nightmare. The monster in that nightmare is named Stanley Vernon Majors, a 61-year-old ex-convict from California who repeatedly harassed and threatened the Jabaras, largely because they were Arab-American… [I]f Majors is a monster, he’s an American one.”

Yet SaveTheWest’s research shows that HuffPost has never called any of the radical Islamists who murdered Americans, be they Christian, Jewish, gay or other, as “monsters.” To the contrary, on the rare occasions when it even reports on such incidents, it often omits or obscures their faith, or downplays or denies the religious linkage to their crimes. One recent example: the case of Omar Mateen, who murdered 49 gays in Orlando: HuffPost ran a headline that falsely claimed “religion had nothing to do with” his massacre, and ignored he imam who lectured there, two months earlier, and claimed it is every Muslim’s duty to murder gays, “out of compassion.”

Someone Set Fire To The Orlando Shooter’s Mosque On One Of The Holiest Days Of The Year; The fire comes after multiple threats were made against the mosque this summer, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, September 12, 2016.

Florida Mosque Arson Leads To Arrest Of Joseph Michael Schreiber; The suspect allegedly posted anti-Islamic material online, by Reuters (via HuffPost), September 14, 2016.

Muslim Veteran Who Served In Iraq Finds ‘Terrorist’ Written On His Locker; Mohamed Abbas says he’s been targeted in the workplace many times for his religion, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, September 20, 2016.

Islamophobia Just Drove This Boy And His Family Out Of America, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, October 12, 2016.

Note: The above article, which HuffPost positioned on its front page, was later proven to be a fake hate crime. Rather than putting up a new headline to alert readers that they had been duped, however, HuffPost instead just changed the story page headline to read, “N.C. Authorities: No Evidence To Support Father’s Claim Muslim Boy Was Assaulted On Bus (UPDATE)”, and changed the opening copy to indicate the reality — but left the URL the same. In doing so, to anyone who only gets their news from its front page, HuffPost deliberately perpetuated the false narrative behind this story, and the broader lie about rampant Islamophobia in America. See the details in 1.3.

Right-Wing ‘Crusaders’ Militia Group Plotted Terror Attack On Muslim Immigrants, FBI Charges; The terrorist group reportedly had “sovereign citizen, anti-government, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant extremist beliefs,” by Ryan J. Reilly, Senior Justice Reporter, and Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, October 14, 2016.

New Jersey Muslim Center Defaced With ‘Donald Trump,’ Racist Graffiti; “F**k Allah” and “F**k Arabs” were among the messages spray-painted on Bayonne’s Muslim Community Miraj Center, by Christopher Mathias National Reporter, The Huffington Post, October 14, 2016.

Two Arkansas Mosques Defaced With Racist, Islamophobic Graffiti; Police are looking for three men seen on surveillance footage spray-painting messages like “F**k Islam” and “F**k Allah,” by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, October 21, 2016.

Lawyers Blame Alt-Right For Client’s Death Threats Against Muslims; Research shows they may have a point, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, November 5, 2016.

Police Probe Attack On College Student Wearing Hijab By Man Wearing Trump Hat In Louisiana, by Carla Herreria, Senior Writer, The Huffington Post, November 10, 2016.

Note: Within 24 hours of HuffPost publishing that headline near the top of its front page, it was revealed to be a fake hate crime. Rather than putting up a new headline to alert readers that they had been duped, however, HuffPost instead just changed the story page headline to read, “Police Say Woman Made Up Story Of Attack By Two Men, One Wearing A Trump Hat (UPDATE),” to falsely make it appear that that was the only story it published on the matter.

Women In Hijabs Attacked In Separate Trump-Related Attacks On U.S. College Campuses, by Jasmin Gray, Students Reporter, The Huffington Post, November 11, 2016.

Note: The above article cited two incidents in which Muslim women were allegedly attacked. Within 24 hours, one was revealed to be a fake hate crime. Rather than putting up a new headline to alert readers that they had been duped, however, HuffPost instead just changed the story page headline to read, “Muslim Student Attacked On US College Campus In ‘Trump-Related’ Incident,” and changed most of the copy to indicate only one incident — but the URL remains the same.

Muslim Women Across America Face Attacks In The Wake Of Donald Trump’s Win; Just 48 hours after the election, multiple women wearing hijabs have been targeted, by Adam Hamze, Politics Intern, Huffington Post, November 11, 2016.

Countless Acts Of Hate Have Been Carried Out Since Trump’s Win; This is just the beginning, by Lilly Workneh Black Voices Senior Editor, The Huffington Post, November 11, 2016.

Here’s How To Support Minority Communities Right Now; “We can’t stand divided,” by Zahara Hill, Black Voices Editorial Fellow, The Huffington Post, November 14, 2016.

Allies Form A Circle Of Protection Around Muslim Students Praying In Michigan; This is what solidarity looks like, by Carol Kuruvilla, Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post, November 16, 2016.

Teacher Accused Of Harassing, Assaulting Muslim Student, by Huffington Post: Islamophobia, November 16, 2016.

13 Times Apparent Trump Supporters Attacked, Harassed Or Plotted To Kill Muslims; Where were they radicalized?, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, November 22, 2016.

Letters To California Mosques Praise Donald Trump, Promise Genocide; “You Muslims are a vile and filthy people,” by Andy Campbell, Reporter, The Huffington Post, November 26, 2016.

More Mosques Receive Letter Threatening Genocide As Police Close In On Suspected Author; However, the handwritten hate speech may not be a crime, by Andy Campbell Reporter, The Huffington Post, November 29, 2016.

Anti-Muslim Hate Group Brags About Influence In Trump’s White House; ACT for America’s Brigitte Gabriel says the group has a “direct line” to the president-elect. She’s not lying, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, December 14, 2016.

Adam Saleh, YouTuber, Claims He Was Kicked Off Delta Flight For Speaking Arabic, by Mohamed Omar, Huffington Post, December 21, 2016.

New Mexico Store Bans ‘Obama & Other Muslims’; We get it, you’re racist, by Sebastian Murdock, Reporter, The Huffington Post, January 2, 2017.

Ted Cruz’s Attack On Islamic Boogeyman Could Destroy American Muslim Groups, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, January 13, 2017. [Note: Although this article isn’t focused specifically on alleged hate crimes against Muslims in America, it profiles and provides defense for the groups that are most responsible for creating the “Islamophobia” narrative.]

Muslim Helplines Have Been Flooded With Calls Ahead Of Inauguration; And they’re expecting even more, by Carol Kuruvilla, Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post, January 19, 2017.

Women’s March Organizer Targeted By Vicious Islamophobic Attacks Online; After Muslim activist Linda Sarsour was trolled, thousands showed support with #IMarchWithLinda, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, and Carol Kuruvilla, Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post, January 23, 2017.

6 Rules Of Islamophobia In America; The Huffington Post tracked Islamophobia in the U.S. throughout 2016. Here’s what we learned, by Christopher Mathias, National Reporter, The Huffington Post, January 23, 2017.

Video Shows Man Harassing Muslim Woman, Asking If She Has A Green Card, “Do you have a green card, by the way? Yeah, you look, are you even — ”; by Nina Golgowski Trends reporter, The Huffington Post, January 31, 2017.

The above story appeared near the top of HuffPost’s front page on February 1, 2017.

Trump’s Disregard For Islamophobic Hate Crimes Shows He Cares Little About Muslim American Lives; Muslim Americans are Americans. And we are being targeted, by Dean Obeidallah, The Huffington Post, February 2, 2017.

The above story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on February 2, 2017.

Montreal University Buildings Evacuated After Bomb Threats Target Muslim Students; These threats are the latest in a string of anti-Muslim events in Canada, By Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post, March 1, 2017, 3:47pm.

The above story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on March 1, 2017.

Note: At 5:57am on March 2, 2017 — 14 hours later — Canadian authorities announced that this was a hoax terror threat.  The man whom Canadian authorities charged with perpetrating this crime, Hisham Saadi, is an immigrant from Lebanon.  Given that Hisham is a traditional Arabic Muslim name for males, it is safe to assume that Mr. Saadi is also a Muslim.   See our complete directory of dozens of recent fake anti-Muslim hate crimes here:

Fake Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes – SaveTheWest

Sometime before 11:45pm on March 2, however, HuffPost completely removed this story from its front page, and put up no new story, to indicate to its readers that they had been duped.  Further, it never updated the story page, as these two screencaps demonstrate.  This is consistent with HuffPost’s deliberate acts and omissions in order to falsely legitimize other fake ant-Muslim hate crimes.

See the details of HuffPost’s role in helping to legitimize this fake hate crime here:

(7) March 2017, Montreal, CA: A bomb threat against was made against Muslim students at a Canadian university; Within 24 hours, police arrested a Muslim immigrant for perpetrating the hoax

Curiously, HuffPost has consistently ignored recent incidents in Canada of high-profile imams urging Muslims to murder Jews – examples 1, 2, 3.


(2) Articles regarding alleged hate crimes against black Americans

Vandals Put Death Threat, Racial Slur On Door Of Black Church; Evansville police are investigating the case as a hate crime, by Taryn Finley, The Huffington Post, December 1, 2016.

The above story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on December 1, 2016.


(3) Articles regarding other alleged hate incidents against people in HuffPost’s Favored Groups

(3.1) November 2013, Bridgewater, NJ: A lesbian waitress (falsely) alleged that homophobic customers left her no tip, and an anti-gay note


(3.1) November 2013, Bridgewater, NJ: A lesbian waitress (falsely) alleged that homophobic customers left her no tip, and an anti-gay note

On November 14, 2013 HuffPost published this story at the top of its front page:

Clicking on that headline brought the reader to this story page — note the fact that HuffPost put the alleged “victim’s” name right in the headline, claimed she was a Marine, and stated that this incident had, in fact, happened:

An excerpt from this “story” — which HuffPost just assumed was true:

Dayna Morales, Waitress And Marine, Denied Tip Because Of Her ‘Gay Lifestyle’, by Cavan Sieczkowski, The Huffington Post, November 14, 2013. Excerpt:

A waitress in New Jersey who previously served in the Marines received an offensive note from a family who denied her a tip because of her “gay lifestyle.” Now, she is speaking out against those very people whose freedom she once defended.

Dayna Morales, a server at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., wrote an email to gay-friendly blog “Have A Gay Day” about her recent experience with homophobia while serving a family of diners, reports Gay Star News. When Morales introduced herself to the couple and their two children, the mother was allegedly shocked by Morales’ short hair.

“Oh I thought you were gonna say your name is Dan,” she allegedly said. “You sure surprised us!”

At the end of the meal, Morales was left with no tip on the $93.55 bill. Instead, she found a note on the receipt, reading: “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I don’t agree with your lifestyle & how you live your life.”

As HuffPost reported, Morales then implicitly threatened the customers, in a post she put up on a gay website (emphasis added):

Morales expressed her disgust over the incident in her email to Have A Gay Day. The email, later posted to the site’s Facebook page, read:

I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free. Sorry lady but I don’t agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you’re raising your kids but you didn’t see me throwing that in your face and giving you shitty service. Keep your damn mouth shut and pray we never cross paths again.

Thanks to HuffPost giving her “story” top-level, worldwide coverage, Morales set up a PayPal account so those who sympathized with her could send her monetary donations:

The purported incident created a media firestorm, with well-wishers sending Morales at least $3,000 in donations through a PayPal account.

There was just one tiny problem with the “story”: it was a hoax — and Morales was soon fired by the restaurant at which this fake hate incident occurred.  As reported by NBC-New York:

Family Says They Did Tip Gay Server, Didn’t Leave Note, by Brynn Gingras, NBC New York, November 26, 2013. Excerpt:

After a gay server at a New Jersey restaurant said a customer denied her a tip and wrote her a hateful note on the receipt, a local family contacted NBC 4 New York and said their receipt shows they paid a tip and didn’t write any such note. […]

But a family contacted NBC 4 New York claiming their receipt from the restaurant shows they did leave a tip, and provided what they said was a credit card statement as proof. […]

They also provided a document they said was a Visa bill, which appears to indicate their card was charged for the meal plus the tip, for a total of $111.55.

The couple told NBC 4 New York that they believed their receipt was used for a hoax. The wife says she is left-handed and could not have made the slash in the tip line, which she said looks to be drawn from the right.

“We’ve never not left a tip when someone gave good service, and we would never leave a note like that,” the wife said.

The husband said he and his wife have both worked in restaurants and believe in the value of tipping, and noted that he didn’t vote for Gov. Chris Christie because the governor doesn’t support gay marriage.

Further research revealed that Morales had been dishonorably discharged from the Marines:

Waitress in Anti-Gay Note Dispute Was Dishonorably Discharged From Marines: Source; Dayna Morales just stopped showing up for drills, a Pentagon source said, by Brynn Gingras, NBC-New York, December 2, 2013. Excerpt:

The New Jersey waitress whose story has been questioned after she claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip on a restaurant bill was discharged under dishonorable terms from the Marines last spring after she stopped showing up, NBC 4 New York has learned.

And those who knew and worked with Morales publicly claimed she was a compulsive liar:

Lesbian waitress in ‘anti-gay’ receipt flap fired, by Kate Briquelet, NY Post, December 7, 2013. Excerpt:

Acquaintances say Morales — who was dishonorably discharged from the military — has a history of fibbing and at one point pretended she had terminal cancer.

“She exaggerated every story,” former coworker Julie Howat told The Post. “I knew [the receipt] was fake. When the articles came out, everyone at my job laughed.”

Yet HuffPost’s own search engine proves it ignored these developments.  A March 11, 2017 search using the string “Dayna Morales receipt tip” returned no relevant results:

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