Examples of HuffPost ignoring, downplaying or whitewashing Islamist terror attacks, plots and arrests

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Summary

(1) October 2017: HuffPost completely ignored the indictment of an American ISIS supporter, with two foreigners, for their plot to mount a massive terrorist attack on Times Square and nearby subways and music venues

(2) June 2016: HuffPost whitewashed the Pulse nightclub attack — then ignored the fact that two months earlier, an imam preached in Orlando, that Muslims must murder gays

(3) June 2017: HuffPost claims shariah law is no threat to the U.S. Constitution, and those who assert it is are “haters” — while completely ignoring shariah’s role in causing the Pulse nightclub massacre, again

(4) August 2016, Istanbul, Turkey (belated discovery): HuffPost completely ignored the discovery of a beheaded, mutilated gay Syrian refugee

(5) July 2017, Oakland, CA: HuffPost completely ignored the FBI arrest of a militant Islamist who claimed he was going to murder 10,000 or more gays and lesbians with mass poisoning

(6) October 2017, New York, NY: HuffPost buried the conviction of an ISIS-affiliated Islamist terrorist for bombing New York’s Chelsae district in 2016


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(1) October 2017: HuffPost completely ignored the indictment of an American ISIS supporter, with two foreigners, for their plot to mount a massive terrorist attack on Times Square and nearby subways and music venues

On the afternoon of October 6, 2017, news broke in America, England, Canada and elsewhere that three ISIS-affiliated Islamists, including an American citizen, were charged with plotting a series of massive attacks in New York City.  Below are the NBC and Daily Mail (UK) accounts, and video stories:

ISIS Sympathizers Planned to ‘Create the Next 9/11’ With Attacks on Concerts, Subways & Times Square: Feds; One of the suspects allegedly told an undercover agent posing as ISIS sympathizer that “NY Needs to fall,” by Jonathan Dienst, Checkey Beckford, Mark Schone. David Paredes, Joe Valiquette and R. Darren Price, NBC New York, October 6, 2017. Excerpt:

Three men living outside the U.S. planned to attack concerts, Times Square and crowded subways in 2016 in an ISIS-inspired attack that one of the suspects said he hoped would be “the next 9/11,” authorities announced on Friday afternoon.

The FBI said the three men — Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 19-year-old Canadian citizen; Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen based in Pakistan; and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old orthopedic surgeon in the Philippines — allegedly used chat apps to talk about bringing a car bomb into the Crossroads of the World, gunning down subway riders before detonating vests and opening fire on concertgoers in the vein of the Paris terror attacks of 2015.

“NY Needs to fall. This is a must,” Haroon allegedly wrote in a message to an undercover agent posing as an ISIS sympathizer.

ISIS plot to carry out mass shootings in Times Square, the NYC Subway and at music concerts is thwarted by police, by Keith Griffith, Daily Mail (UK), October 6, 2017. Excerpt:

Investigators have thwarted an ISIS-inspired mass shooting and bomb plot targeting Times Square, concert venues, and the subway system in New York City.

Prosecutors on Thursday unsealed charges against Canadian citizen Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, 19, Philippine citizen Russell Salic, 37, and Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old US citizen residing in Pakistan.

All three were arrested months ago, but the charges had been sealed as investigators with the FBI and NYPD Counterterrorism Unit searched for possible co-conspirators.

El Bahnasawy is in US custody and has pleaded guilty to federal terror charges, while the other two men await extradition from foreign custody to face charges in the US.

Prosecutors say the three men plotted to bomb and shoot up heavily populated areas of New York City during the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan in 2016.

El Bahnasawy sent this image of Times Square to an undercover posing as an ISIS operator, writing: ‘we seriously need a bomb at times square… Look at these crowds of people!’

El Bahnasawy took the lead on the ground, entering the US from Canada to secure a cabin near New York City to use as an operating base and bomb-making facility, according to investigators.

Meanwhile, Haroon met with explosives experts in Pakistan and planned to join El Bahnasawy in the US to carry out the attacks, and Salic sent support funds from the Philippines, according to prosecutors.


HuffPost’s search engine proves that it completely ignored this story.

An October 12, 2017 search using the names of the indicted terrorists, “Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy Talha Haroon Russell Salic,” returned zero results:


Contrast how HuffPost ignored this incident, to how it gives front-page coverage to allegations against “Jewish extremists”

The following is a sampling of the headlines that HuffPost has published on its front page that deal with alleged terrorist and criminal acts perpetrated by Jews, in Israel.  Note also HuffPost’s use of loaded, inflammatory terms, such as “rampage,” “extremist,” etc.:


So what did HuffPost publish on its front page, instead of anything about these Islamist terrorists, and their alleged plot?

Here is a sampling of five of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page from October 7-9, the three days after this story broke:

This “news” story appeared at the top of HuffPost’s front page on October 7, 2017.

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(2) June 2016: HuffPost whitewashed the Pulse nightclub attack — then ignored the fact that two months earlier, an imam preached in Orlando, that Muslims must murder gays

On June 11, 2016, radical Islamist Omar Mateen attacked the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, killing 49, and wounding 53.  He explicitly told local 911 dispatchers and the FBI on recorded calls that he was perpetrating this act because he is an Islamist, acting at the behest of ISIS, a fact that was reported by CNN on June 12.HuffPost, however, refused to accept this reality, and instead ran splash headlines such as this one, on June 13 (see date-stamp on lower right), which explicitly said this attack had “nothing to do with religion”:
HuffPost maintained this official denial and whitewashing posture for the duration of the coverage of the Pulse attack.It also completely ignored the fact that on June 12, PJ Media revealed that in April 2016, two months before the Pulse attack, a radical imam (Muslim preacher), Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, was in Orlando, and preached at a mosque — on video — that devout Muslims must murder gays, “out of compassion”:

Imam Speaking in Orlando Said Gays Must Be Killed Out of ‘Compassion’, by Patrick Poole, PJ Media, June 12, 2016. Excerpts:

There is new information on the horrific terror attack in Orlando last night that has killed at least 50 and wounded more than 100 in the largest mass shooting in American history.

[An] imam speaking in Orlando in April [2016] said that killing gays according to Islamic law should be done “out of compassion”:

“Death is the sentence. We know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sentence…We have to have that compassion for people, with homosexuals, it’s the same, out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”

The proof that HuffPost ignored this story: A January 11, 2017 search using HuffPost’s own search engine of the string “Florida imam Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar homosexuality” returned zero results.

This is especially curious given the fact that Christopher Matthias, the “journalist” whom HuffPost tasks frequently with covering alleged hate crimes against Muslims (many of which turn out to be hoaxes), asked in a November 2016 headline, “Where were they radicalized?,” about the perpetrators of such crimes:

In contrast, HuffPost has a de facto policy of ignoring actual hate crimes against Jews and others in groups it considers worthless, and never asking where were radicalized — especially when the proven perpetrators are Muslims or other minorities (examples 1, 2, 3).

Further, HuffPost completely ignored the fact that according to one of its regular sources, NY Magazine, Mateen :

[Mateen] apparently enrolled in the “Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary,” an online course operated by an imam named Abu Taubuh, also known as Marcus Robertson, who preaches anti-gay sermons. 

HuffPost’s own search engine proves that it ignored this fact.  A March 5, 2017 search using the string “Abu Taubuh” returned no results:


May 11, 2017 update: HuffPost grills Jewish political figure for his affiliations with a terrorist group — but has never done this to anyone affiliated with any Islamist terrorist group or attack on U.S. soil

On May 11, 2017, HuffPost published the following story on its front page:

This Politician Keeps Saying Linda Sarsour Supports Terror. But He Was In A Terror Group; Dov Hikind told HuffPost he’s “proud” of his time with the Jewish Defense League, and doesn’t deny once tossing a smoke bomb into a U.N. office, by Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post, May 11, 2017.

The reporter, Christopher Matthias, claims he generated and submitted a series of questions to the subject of this article, Dov Hikind, that probe his history with the JDL, its affiliations and terrorist attacks, etc.:

“Because there has been little public accounting of Hikind’s role in the organization, HuffPost sent the assemblyman a detailed list of questions this week about his relationship to the JDL.”

Curiously, neither Matthias nor anyone at HuffPost has ever publicly submitted such a list to any American or refugee that is affiliated with any Islamist terrorist group.  Most notably, HuffPost never even publicized the fact that two months before the Pulse nightclub massacre, a mosque in Orlando hosted a sermon by a notorious imam from Syria, who claimed that devout Muslims must murder homosexuals “out of compassion.”  Nor has it published anything that gives credibility to Linda Sarsour’s critics, such as her Tweet in which she threatened to beat up women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and “take her vagina away”:

Instead, HuffPost has only published glowing articles about Sarsour, that could easily be confused for the wares of a public relations agency.


(3) June 2017: HuffPost claims shariah law is no threat to the U.S. Constitution, and those who assert it is are “haters” — while completely ignoring shariah’s role in causing the Pulse nightclub massacre, again

On June 10, 2017, HuffPost blasted the groups that held nationwide demonstrations against shariah law, excoriating them as “haters” in a splash front-page headline:

An excerpt from this “news” story:

MARCH FOR HATE, by Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post, June 10, 2017 (page archived here).

The “March Against Sharia” rallies are set to place on Saturday in 29 cities across 21 states, and are being organized by Act for America, the nation’s largest anti-Muslim hate group. Act for America has billed this weekend’s events as some kind of noble stand against “atrocities” it attributes ― wrongly ― to sharia. […]

Act for America has also long pushed the conspiracy theory that sharia law ― the deeply misunderstood legal or philosophical code of Islam, interpreted differently by Muslims across the world ― poses a threat to the U.S. Constitution. (It does not.)

Just below that “news” story, however, appeared this, near the top of the front page:

Here is the link to this “news” story:

A YEAR SINCE ORLANDO’S UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY, by James Michael Nichols, Huffington Post, June 10, 2017 (archive link here).

As before, HuffPost makes no mention of the fact that a Muslim, Omar Mateen, perpetrated the attack, that it was incited by shariah law, as articulated by imams on three separate occasions in Orlando, including a sermon given two months before he launched the attack.

If you do a search on the storypage for the words “Muslim,” “Islam,” “shariah,” and “ISIS,” here are the results (with screencaps to prove it; check this archived version of the story):

“Muslim”: 0 instances (screencap)

“shariah”: 0 instances (screencap)

“Islam”: 1 instance, as part of “Islamophobia (screencap)

“ISIS”: 1 instance, as part of “crisis” (screencap)

Once again, HuffPost decided to completely ignore the role of Islam and shariah in triggering and justifying the Orlando massacre, and instead, attacked those who are opposed to shariah.  Including devout Sunni Muslim Zuhdi Jasser, MD, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.  Here is a documentary hosted by Dr. Jasser, “The Third Jihad,” that addresses the roots of shariah law, and what it would mean if fully implemented in Western societies:

Curiously, HuffPost never features Dr. Jasser in any of its articles.


July 2017, Oakland, CA: HuffPost completely ignored the FBI arrest of a militant Islamist who claimed he was going to murder 10,000 or more gays and lesbians with mass poisoning

I-TEAM EXCLUSIVE: Oakland man allegedly planned Bay Area terror attacks, by Dan Noyes, ABC7News.com, July 24, 2017. Excerpt:

Investigators say a West Oakland man told an undercover agent he wanted to “redefine terror” and kill 10,000 people in support of the terror group ISIS.

In an exclusive interview with the head of the San Francisco FBI and from federal court recordings obtained by the ABC7 I-Team, new details are emerging in the government’s terror case against Amer Sinan Alhaggagi. […]

On Monday, FBI Special Agent in Charge John Bennett emphatically reiterated the government’s position in an exclusive interview, telling ABC7’s Dan Noyes, “This was a case of grave importance for us. This was a clear and present danger for public safety here in the Bay Area.” […]

“This was very serious, this was a top priority for this office, for a good part of a year,” he told Dan Noyes.

In that December 2016 court hearing, prosecutors revealed Alhaggagi talked about plans to sell cocaine laced with rat poison in Bay Area nightclubs. The undercover agent says he was looking for information on the exact mixture of strychnine and cocaine to use in that scheme. He showed the agent an ISIS bomb-making manual he downloaded on a computer and he sent the agent photographs of guns he said he obtained.

“He then told confidential source number one, ‘I live close to San Francisco, that’s like the gay capital of the world. I’m going to handle them right, LOL,’ meaning laughing out loud. ‘I’m going to place a bomb in a gay club, Wallah or by God, I’m going to tear up the city.’ And I quote, ‘The whole Bay Area is going to be up in flames,'” the federal prosecutor explained to Judge Westmore in his argument to have Alhaggagi detained.

HuffPost’s search engine proves it completely ignored this story, and the tip provided to it

A July 29, 2017 search at HuffPost using the string “Amer Sinan Alhaggagi” returned zero results:

Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page in the three days following this report, July 25-27:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on July 26, 2017.

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(4) August 2016, Istanbul, Turkey (belated discovery): HuffPost completely ignored the discovery of a beheaded, mutilated gay Syrian refugee

Background: We ordinarily wouldn’t include hate crimes and incitement against the LGBT community that occurred outside the U.S.  But given that HuffPost (a) Gives top coverage to alleged hate crimes perpetrated against Muslims in the U.S., W. Europe and Israel, but (b) Ignores the proliferation of horrific “honor crime” attacks perpetrated by fundamentalist Muslims in Western societies on females who violate the tenets of shariah law, it was notable that on June 30, 2017, HuffPost published this story near the top of its front page, regarding such an attack on two Muslim females, in London, England:
The only difference between the above story, and all the others that HuffPost ignores, is the fact that the alleged perpetrator was a white male.  This was presumably what caused HuffPost to give it top coverage on its front page, because it furthers its narrative, that white males are the #1 terror threat facing America.

Given these facts, upon belatedly discovering the following story, from 2016, we decided it was worth including here, because it once again illustrates the depths to which HuffPost will go to avoid informing its readers of the #1 threat to the LGBT community in the world: fundamentalist Islam.


The following story, about a gay man known only as “Wisam,” was published by CNN on August 5, 2016:

Gay Syrian refugee found beheaded, mutilated in Turkey, by Ben Westcott and Arwa Damon, CNN, August 5, 2016.  Excerpt:

A gay refugee living in Turkey has been found murdered, his body so mutilated his friends could only identify him by his pants, a local rights group said. Wisam, who arrived in Istanbul about a year ago after fleeing Syria, went missing on July 23 and was found two days later in the city’s Yenikapi district.

He previously had been threatened, kidnapped and raped, according to Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association (KAOS GL), a Turkey-based rights group. CNN is not using the victim’s last name out of concern for his family’s safety.

“We identified him from his pants… They had cut (him) so violently. So violent that two knives had broken inside him. They had beheaded him. His upper body was beyond recognition,” said one friend, whom CNN is not naming for safety reasons.

“If you saw his body, if you even saw a picture of it, you would faint,” said another friend, who asked CNN to identify him as Mohammed out of fear for his safety. “It was as if he was attacked by a beast.” Wisam had been stabbed 20 times, his organs were removed and he had been beheaded, according to Alex Benjamin, who works for an organization that aims to help LGBT refugees get expedited asylum.

“Police are doing nothing,” Benjamin said, “because he is Syrian and because he is gay.”

Soon after, UPI produced this 1-minute video report, which revealed the victim’s name as Muhammad Wisam Sankari:

HuffPost’s search engine proves it completely ignored this story, and the tip provided to it

An August 7, 2017 search at HuffPost using the string “Muhammad Wisam Sankari beheaded mutilated Turkey” returned zero results:

Contrast HuffPost’s decision to completely ignore this story, to its decision give top coverage to original, sympathetic, graphic stories it has developed about other “victims,” including:

“Patrick” an elderly wombat in Australia, who died a virgin:A “homesick American jihadi,” in Somalia, to whom it gave five straight days of top coverage:

A multi-year campaign of sympathetic stories for an all-girl Russian punk band, “Pussy Riot,” after they were arrested for barging into a famed orthodox church in Moscow, during services, then singing a vulgar song:


(5) July 2017, Oakland, CA: HuffPost completely ignored the FBI arrest of a militant Islamist who claimed he was going to murder 10,000 or more gays and lesbians with mass poisoning

I-TEAM EXCLUSIVE: Oakland man allegedly planned Bay Area terror attacks, by Dan Noyes, ABC7News.com, July 24, 2017. Excerpt:

Investigators say a West Oakland man told an undercover agent he wanted to “redefine terror” and kill 10,000 people in support of the terror group ISIS.

In an exclusive interview with the head of the San Francisco FBI and from federal court recordings obtained by the ABC7 I-Team, new details are emerging in the government’s terror case against Amer Sinan Alhaggagi. […]

On Monday, FBI Special Agent in Charge John Bennett emphatically reiterated the government’s position in an exclusive interview, telling ABC7’s Dan Noyes, “This was a case of grave importance for us. This was a clear and present danger for public safety here in the Bay Area.” […]

“This was very serious, this was a top priority for this office, for a good part of a year,” he told Dan Noyes.

In that December 2016 court hearing, prosecutors revealed Alhaggagi talked about plans to sell cocaine laced with rat poison in Bay Area nightclubs. The undercover agent says he was looking for information on the exact mixture of strychnine and cocaine to use in that scheme. He showed the agent an ISIS bomb-making manual he downloaded on a computer and he sent the agent photographs of guns he said he obtained.

“He then told confidential source number one, ‘I live close to San Francisco, that’s like the gay capital of the world. I’m going to handle them right, LOL,’ meaning laughing out loud. ‘I’m going to place a bomb in a gay club, Wallah or by God, I’m going to tear up the city.’ And I quote, ‘The whole Bay Area is going to be up in flames,'” the federal prosecutor explained to Judge Westmore in his argument to have Alhaggagi detained.

HuffPost’s search engine proves it completely ignored this story, and the tip provided to it

A July 29, 2017 search at HuffPost using the string “Amer Sinan Alhaggagi” returned zero results:

Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page in the three days following this report, July 25-27:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on July 26, 2017.

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(6) October 2017, New York, NY: HuffPost buried the conviction of an ISIS-affiliated Islamist terrorist for bombing New York’s Chelsae district in 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, convicted of injuring 30 Americans with a bomb, and attempting to murder many more

At 11:45am on October 16, 2017, news broke that Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghanistani immigrant who was naturalized as a U.S. citizen, had been convicted of bombing the Chelsae district of New York in 2016, injuring 30 people:

U.S. jury finds NJ man guilty in 2016 Manhattan bombing, by Brendan Pierso, Reuters, October 16, 2017. Excerpt:

A New Jersey man was found guilty by a federal jury in New York on Monday of planting two bombs in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood in September 2016, one of which exploded and wounded 30 people.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, faces a mandatory life sentence in prison after his conviction on charges including using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 18.

Sabrina Shroff, a lawyer for Rahimi, declined to comment on the verdict. Rahimi, dubbed the “Chelsea bomber,” was also accused of planting a bomb on the route of a charity running race in New Jersey, which exploded without injuring anyone, and shooting at New Jersey police before being captured. He still faces separate New Jersey charges over those accusations.

Over the course of Rahimi’s two-week trial in New York, jurors heard testimony from multiple people who were injured by the bomb, made using a pressure cooker and a cell phone timer, that exploded on Manhattan’s West 23rd Street.

One woman testified that she was nearly blinded when a piece of shrapnel struck her next to her eye. Another man described the sound of the explosion as “doomsday.”

HuffPost knew of the verdict — but kept any reference to the story off its front page

HuffPost, however, featured nothing about the conviction of Mr. Rahimi on its front page, as documented in the following two screencaps, taken at 7:48pm – eight hours after the verdict was announced.  In the first screencap, we searched for the term “Chelsae,” in the second, “Bomb.”  Both searches returned zero results:

HuffPost’s search engine proves, however, that it did publish a story about the verdict, soon after it was announced.  Also just before 8:00pm on October 16, we searched “Ahmad Khan Rahimi” and got one result — published eight hours earlier:

That headline led to this story page, which contained only two paragraphs from Reuters’ 10-paragraph story:

Why did HuffPost take a hatchet to Reuters’ story, and why did it bury the story someplace way beyond view of the casual reader?

Good questions.


UPDATE October 17, 2017: HuffPost continues to prevent its readers from knowing about the Rahimi conviction, and his victims

HuffPost’s search engine proves that as of October 17, it has not published another article about the Rahimi conviction:

And the Wayback Machine proves that the story never appeared on its front page.

So what kinds of “news” stories did HuffPost decide were worthy of appearing on its front page, instead of anything about the Rahimi conviction?  Here is a sampling:


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