Examples of HuffPost inciting hate against police officers — then ignoring hate crimes against them

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by Jon Sutz, Editor, SaveTheWest.com


Contents

Overview

(1) Inciting hatred against police officers

(2) Ignoring hate crimes against police officers

(3) Whitewashing those who attack police officers


Overview

As the Huff-Watch blog pointed out:

Numerous influential “news” entities have also failed to provide complete, balanced information to the general public about recent issues involving police officers… […]

[H]uffPost, however has been going farther than any other alleged “news” entity, in terms of pouring gasoline on this fire. Specifically, since the Michael Brown shooting in August, HuffPost has been consistently producing “news” stories that could only serve to whip up hatred against, and endanger police officers across America, through three primary means:

  • Incitement: HuffPost has repeatedly published incendiary, editorialized “news” headlines that paint the worst possible perception of police officers, up to and including calling them murderers. One headline (documented below) even asked, “Can the cops be stopped before they kill again?”
  • Selective editing: HuffPost has consistently excluded essential facts that are necessary to provide accurate context to its headlines (which would often also serve to undermine them).
  • Ignoring terrorist threats: HuffPost has pathologically ignored the progressively-worsening terroristic threats that have been made against police officers across America, both by “lone wolves” as and organized groups. This deliberate omission has served two purposes: to undermine the threats that every police officer across America faces, and to give tacit “free pass” and approval to these terrorist groups, especially when considering HuffPost’s overt calls for purportedly defensive actions against police officers.

Were the Huffington Post just another website, these shameful practices would have little impact. As the #1 most-read online “newspaper” in the world, however, what HuffPost does carries weight, and has impact.


(1) Inciting hatred against police officers

(1.1) September 2014: “Caught on tape: Cops gun down man at WalMart”

(1.2) November 2014: “They’re murdering our kids and getting away with it”

(1.3) December 2014:  “How to get away with murder”

(1.4) December 2014: “Rabbis Arrested After Reciting Kaddish For Eric Garner”

(1.5) December 2014: “Can The Cops Be Stopped Before They Kill Again?”

(1.6) April 2015: “Cop throws rock at protester”

(1.7) April 2015: “Re-Thinking Non-Violent Resistance”

(1.8) June 2016: Violence is “logical”; “Violent resistance matters. Riots can lead to major change”

(1.9) November 2016: “I will do my best to fuck up any bigot who fucks with you”

(1.10) March 2017: “Cops Fire Into Stolen Car, Killing 16-Year-Old Pregnant Teen”


(1.1) September 2014: “Caught on tape: Cops gun down man at WalMart”

The following is adapted from an article at the Huff-Watch blog.

On September 24, 2014 HuffPost published this story as its incendiary splash headline, insinuating that police officers just ran into a Wal-Mart and gunned down a (black) man, for no reason:

HuffPost knew the truth – but failed to even hint at it in the headline. In reality, as its own version of the story (and a more responsible one in the Washington Post) showed:
  • Police officers responded to a call that a man was walking around the store with a rifle, pointing it at people
  • The officers ordered the gunman, John Crawford III, to drop the rifle, but he refused to do so, after which they shot him

(1.2) November 2014: “They’re murdering our kids and getting away with it”

The following is adapted from an article at the Huff-Watch blog.

On November 26, 2014, HuffPost ran this story on its front page:

28nov14-cops-murdering-black-kids-day3The Huff-Watch blog documented the endemic problems with this article, which could only serve to help incite hatred of, and violence against police officers:

Any honest, first-year journalism student would be able to look at the individual cases cited, and realize how egregiously HuffPost used selective editing to omit inconvenient yet crucial facts, such as how many of these individuals were killed after having been observed committing crimes, or refusing to comply with police orders – or were pointing weapons at officers. Another inconvenient fact: the median age of the six “kids” profiled is 23.5 years old.


(1.3) December 2014: “How to get away with murder”

The following is adapted from an article at the Huff-Watch blog.

On December 4, 2014, HuffPost ran this story as a “news” headline – an overt accusation that police officers “murdered” Eric Garner and other supposedly innocent people, and got away with it.

Attorney Ben Shapiro demolished HuffPost’s incendiary lie –
Huffington Post: Cops ‘Get Away With Murder’, by Ben Shapiro, Breitbart.com, December 4, 2014. Excerpt:

First off, whatever you think of the case of Eric Garner, it would be extraordinarily difficult to sustain a murder finding against him. To murder someone, you must have intent to murder; not only isn’t that present in the Garner video, there is no evidence of such intent. As former prosecutor Andy McCarthy put it at National Review today, “Officer Pantaleo plainly did not intend to kill Mr. Garner; he applied force he judged necessary to take Garner down to the ground so Garner could be cuffed. That this ended up killing Garner was unexpected and tragic, not intentional or willful.”

Second, only the most cynically exploitative journalistic outlet would lump together the cases of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Brown robbed a convenience store, then attacked a police officer, attempted to take his gun, then charged the officer before being shot. Garner yelled at officers and waved his arms about before he was put in a submission hold by an officer and died of a suffocation brought on by combination of heart disease and asthma, not directly by the hold itself.

Third, the Huffington Post suggests that all officers “get away with murder. That conveniently ignores another police shooting today with a very different outcome: in South Carolina, a grand jury indicted a white police chief for shooting a 54-year-old unarmed black man. But that wouldn’t flatter the pattern Huffington Post attempted to build of uncaring white juries everywhere excusing police aggression against black folks. That would also explain why the Huffington Post suggested that the shooters of Grant and Zongo and Stanley-Jones “got away with murder,” when in fact, Grant’s shooter, Officer Johannes Mehserle, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter; Zongo’s shooter, Officer Bryan Conroy, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide; and Stanley-Jones’ shooter, Officer Joseph Weekly, was indicted on involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment with a gun (two trials ended in mistrial).


(1.4) December 2014: “Rabbis Arrested After Reciting Kaddish For Eric Garner”

The following is adapted from an article at the Huff-Watch blog.

For two consecutive days, on December 6 and 7, 2014, HuffPost ran this inflammatory allegation as a “news” headline on its front page, alleging that rabbis were arrested after saying a prayer (kaddish) for Eric Garner:

Is that really what happened? Were these rabbis really arrested just for saying a prayer?  Of course not.

As HuffPost knew, these rabbis were standing in a busy New York street intersection, and refused to move when ordered to by police. HuffPost’s original “news” story, however, mentioned none of that.

(The fact that HuffPost attempted to whitewash what really happened concerning these rabbis is laughable, given its pathological incitement of hatred against Jews and Israel. Who can forget its lie-filled “news” story, that Mitt Romney was chased away from a wedding by a “pack of Jews”?)

(1.5) December 2014: “Can The Cops Be Stopped Before They Kill Again?”

The following is adapted from and article at the Huff-Watch blog.

On December 6, 2014 HuffPost positioned this inflammatory editorial screed, not on the left margin, where its opinion pieces go — but rather as a “news” item.  How could any reasonable person view this as anything other than a call for direct action, if not violence, against police officers, everywhere?

Can The Cops Be Stopped Before They Kill Again?


(1.6) April 2015: “Cop throws rock at protester”

This “news” story appeared at the top of HuffPost’s front page on April 27, 2015:

According to HuffPost, a police officer threw a rock at a presumably peaceful protester, presumably without provocation, and as a result, Baltimore was burning.

But is that really what happened?  Of course not.

HuffPost knew it at the time its “journalist” constructed this “story.”  For as shown in the headline on its story page headline, these police officers were throwing rocks back at protesters.  And given the broader context — and the video of this incident (below) — it is certainly understandable:

Police Throw Rocks Back At Protesters In Baltimore, by Nick Wing, Huffington Post, April 28, 2015. Excerpt:

Baltimore police officers targeted by rock-throwing protesters on Monday appeared to hurl projectiles toward crowds on at least two occasions.

One photo shows a projectile, possibly a rock or piece of concrete, leaving an officer’s hand.  Video taken from a helicopter appears to show another officer hurling objects toward protesters, including many who appeared to be teenagers.

At least 15 officers were injured Monday as protesters launched rocks, bricks and other objects at police. Some of the projectiles were reportedly heavy enough to break police riot shields. Baltimore police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said two of the officers had been hospitalized, and that injuries included “broken bones.”

The Daily Mail (UK), had much more detail about the incident (emphasis added):

Violent protesters in Baltimore, Maryland injured several police officers on Monday, throwing bricks and rocks at the overwhelmed cops hiding behind riot armor.  While most of the cops tried not to engage with the protesters, at least one officer was seen throwing the rocks right back at the mostly-young groups of rioters even as the nation watched on live TV.  A photo taken by photographer Patrick Semansky captures the moment one police officer threw a rock back at protesters while his fellow cops looked on. […]

Fifteen police officers were injured Monday – two seriously – in the clashes with angry mobs rioting over the death of Freddie Gray.

And here’s the video of the incident — notice the police being pummeled with rocks before, and especially after a lone officer picked up one of the rocks and threw it back at the rioters:

In conclusion, this was but another incident in which HuffPost knowingly, deliberately turned violent attackers into victims,  and those against whom they were acting violently, as the initiator of the turmoil.  This is the same model HuffPost has been using for years, particularly to incite hatred against the U.S. military, Israel and Jews.

(1.7) April 2015: “Re-Thinking Non-Violent Resistance”

On April 29, 2015, HuffPost positioned this editorial mid-way down its front page:

Clicking on that headline brought the reader to this page:

Re-Thinking Non-Violent Resistance, by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Executive Religion Editor, The Huffington Post, April 29, 2015. Excerpt:

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and now we add Freddie Gray to the names of unarmed black Americans who have died at the hands of police. [STW: Notice that this implies the police officers decided to murder each of these individuals — without reference to the facts of the issues, which as shown elsewhere on this page, HuffPost systematically ignored, or dismissed.]

Despite requests for peace from Freddie Gray’s family, Baltimore erupted in anger on Monday after the young man’s funeral. In moments of serious unrest, the reflex for politicians, media and religious leaders is to call for an end to violence. But, in the face of the systematic racism of America’s policing and prison system as well as crippling poverty that disproportionally affects the black community, how does non-violence work to actually solve the root of the problem? Or does it work at all?

Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an impassioned piece in The Atlantic called “Non-Violence as Compliance” — in it he writes:

When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of political brutality, it betrays itself. When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse. When nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con. And none of this can mean that rioting or violence is “correct” or “wise,” any more than a forest fire can be “correct” or “wise.” Wisdom isn’t the point tonight. Disrespect is. In this case, disrespect for the hollow law and failed order that so regularly disrespects the community. […]

In sum, this editorial was HuffPost’s attempt to justify the violence that was resulting, at least in part, from its incessant lies and incitement about racial and police matters across America. It was but a preface, however, to another editorial it put on its front page, barely a year later, that explicitly advocated and justified the use of violence against political opponents; details here.

It should also be noted that the term “resistance” is used by numerous terrorist groups, including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Fatah and others, as a code-word for their murderous acts.  HuffPost didn’t bother to mention that fact, perhaps because for years it has been the unofficial voicepiece of Hamas, which claims that by raining rockets down on Israeli cities and murdering Jews, it is practicing “resistance.”


(1.8) June 2016: Violence is “logical”; “Violent resistance matters. Riots can lead to major change”

Prior to June 6, 2016, HuffPost had systematically incited hatred against its enemies, through lies, deception and bias.  Then, when violence was perpetrated against these enemies, it generally either ignored it, or put the perpetrators and the victims on the same moral playing field — if not expressed sympathy only for the former.

As shown in Section 1.7, HuffPost went one step further on April 29, 2015 — before Trump even announced his run for the presidency — when it publishing an editorial on its front page that questioned whether non-violent resistance should be “rethought.”

Then, on June 6, 2016, HuffPost removed all pretense of its supposed commitment to civility, when it published this  explicit call for political violence and domestic terrorism on its front page:

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Excerpts from:

Sorry Liberals, A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any, by Jesse Benn, Huffington Post, June 6, 2016.

Amidst the hot takes and denunciations from liberals, they all seem to miss a few key points. First, they misplace the blame[…] they ignore the history of successful violent insurrection in the US, instead favoring the elementary school version of history in which nonviolence is the only means of struggle that’s ever achieved a thing.

Violent resistance matters. Riots can lead to major change. It’s not liberal politicians or masses that historians identify as the spark underlying the modern movement for LGBTQ equality. Nor was it a think piece from some smarmy liberal writer.

Although this editorial does not incite violence against police officers, specifically, given (a) HuffPost’s previous, deliberate efforts to incite hatred against them, and (b) its ignoring or whitewashing the attacks on them from this date forward, it becomes clear that given its reach and influence, this editorial likely played at least some role in the physical attacks on police officers since then.

It should be noted that this editorial is a direct violation of HuffPost’s publicly-stated terms and conditions:

HuffPost prohibits materials that are… hateful, unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening… encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate.


(1.9) November 2016: “I will do my best to fuck up any bigot who fucks with you”

HuffPost published this “news” story on its front page on November 16, 2016.

16nov16-hp-pushes-buttons-to-beat-up-bigots-116nov16-hp-pushes-buttons-to-beat-up-bigots-crop-2Clicking on that headline brought the reader to this page:

These Buttons Want You To ‘F**k Up’ Bigots; Here’s an alternative to that safety pin you’ve been wearing, by Jenna Amatulli, The Huffington Post, November 16, 2016. Excerpt:

Writer and editor Margaret Killjoy is selling 1″ buttons that “help you make clear your intention to, you know, fuck up bigots.”  They look like this. […]

“A friend of mine posted [online], ‘I don’t care if you wear a safety pin or not. I just want you to fuck up bigots.’ I wholeheartedly agreed,” Killjoy told The Huffington Post.

Although this “news” story does not incite violence against police officers, specifically, given HuffPost’s previous, deliberate efforts to incite hatred against them, particularly through the editorial contained in Section 1.7, it is clear that all American police officers fit into its “bigot” category:

unarmed black Americans… have died at the hands of police… [and] the systematic racism of America’s policing system…

Thus, while there may be no direct, conclusive line to this front-page item, and the ones cited in Sections 1.7 and 1.8, causing the rash of violence to America’s police officers — which HuffPost generally ignored — it is clear that items such as these could only help to pave the way for such attacks.


(1.10) March 2017: “Cops Fire Into Stolen Car, Killing 16-Year-Old Pregnant Teen”

On March 17, 2017, HuffPost published this story on its front page:

Clicking on that headline brought the reader to this page:

Cops Fire Into Stolen Car, Killing 16-Year-Old Pregnant Teen; “It’s not the same knowing she’s not going to be here tomorrow,” her uncle said, by Sebastian Murdock, Huffington Post, March 17, 2017. Excerpt:

Police in Northern California fired into a stolen car on Tuesday, killing a pregnant teenager who was in the vehicle.

Elena Mondragon, 16, was fatally shot while in the vehicle with three others. The car, which was reported stolen, had been connected to armed robberies in the Bay Area, KTVU reported.

Officers with the Fremont Police Department cornered the car in an apartment complex and attempted to stop it. That’s when the male driver of the vehicle rammed into police cars, injuring two detectives, authorities told the press. During the incident, the two detectives fired at the car, hitting and killing Elena. She was in her first trimester, according to the coroner.

“The female suffering from the gunshot wounds and was treated by the Hayward Fire Department at the scene and transported to a near-by trauma center where she succumbed to her injuries,” the Fremont Police Department said in a statement.

Why did HuffPost not give indication of the real reasons the police officers shot at the car, and the fact that two of them were injured, in its headline?


(2) HuffPost ignoring hate crimes against police officers (and police animals)

HuffPost has steadfastly avoided publishing any of the hate crimes and terroristic threats that were leveled against police officers, across America, which one can only presume, based on Section 1, it helped to incite.

(2.1) November 2014: Notorious hate preacher Louis Farrakhan told followers — on video — that if black protesters’ demands are not met, they should “tear this goddamned country apart, and instructed parents to teach their children to throw Moltov cocktails

(2.2) December 2014: New York City police reported that a domestic terrorist group threatened to begin murdering its uniformed officers

(2.3) December 2014: At a rally that HuffPost blogger Al Sharpton helped to incite, hundreds of demonstrators were captured on video, screaming “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

(2.4) March 2016, Kansas City, MO: An anti-Trump protester arrested for assaulting police horse

(2.5) November 2016, Austin, TX: Revolutionary communists, armed with assault rifles, openly call for police officers to be murdered; “What’s better than 12 dead cops? 13 dead cops!!”

(2.6) November 2016, Birmingham, AL: Two individuals were arrested and charged with attempting to set up an ambush with which to shoot police officers; later it was discovered their motive was to incite a broader, race-based series of attacks on police

(2.7) December 2016, Compton, CA: Black Lives Matter chapter defended barista who allegedly spit in police officer’s coffee

(2.8) November 2016, Harrisonville, MO: A police officer’s home was set on fire — with his children inside — in what police suspect was arson

(2.9) January 2017, Baltimore, MD: Anti-Trump protester arrested after spitting in police officer’s face


(2.1) November 2014: Notorious hate preacher Louis Farrakhan told followers — on video — that if black protesters’ demands are not met, they should “tear this goddamned country apart,” and instructed parents to teach their children to throw Moltov cocktails

On November 29, 2014, Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan told an audience at Morgan State University that if black protesters’ demands aren’t met, that they need to “tear this goddamned country apart!!!”:

Farrakhan On Ferguson: ‘We’ll Tear This G**damn Country Up!’ [VIDEO], by Scott Greer, The Daily Caller, November 29, 2014. Excerpt:

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan went on a fiery tirade about Ferguson on Saturday — threatening that if the demands of protesters aren’t met, “we’ll tear this goddamn country apart!”

Farrakhan stated in his speech — given at Morgan State University, a black college located in Baltimore, Md. — that violence was justified in response to the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson and peaceful protests are only in the interest of “white folks.”

“We going to die anyway. Let’s die for something,” the radical figure told the crowd to roaring applause.

He even said the parents of teenagers should teach their kids how to throw Molotov cocktails. “Teach your baby how to throw the bottle if they can. Fight,” the minister advised, and then imitated throwing the explosive device.

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

A March 24, 2017 search using the string “April J. Foster assault horse Kansas City Trump” returned zero results.  Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page over the next three days, from March 20-22

HuffPost completely ignored this incitement. Instead, on its front page it published what it deemed were far more newsworthy stories, including “Snooki ties the knot,” and “Stone-age axe discovered in Denmark.”


(2.2) December 2014: New York City police reported that a domestic terrorist group threatened to begin murdering its uniformed officers

On December 6, the NYPD publicized the fact that it had received credible reports that a domestic terrorist group, the Black Guerrilla Army, was threatening to begin murdering on-duty police officers. HuffPost completely ignored this. Instead, on December 6 and 7, it published items on its front page that it decided were far more newsworthy, such as “Every single time the Kardashians owned it this week,” and the second straight day of coverage of a two-faced cat. .


(2.3) December 2014: At a rally that HuffPost blogger Al Sharpton helped to incite, hundreds of demonstrators were captured on video, screaming “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

On December 8, HuffPost allowed its notorious resident race-hustler, Al Sharpton, to announce anti-police rallies he was organizing in Washington, DC and New York for December 13. HuffPost gave extensive, glowing coverage to the rally that Sharpton led in Washington. But it completely ignored the fact that at the New York rally – which occurred less than two miles from its editorial headquarters – several hundred “demonstrators” were caught on video, screaming, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” Instead, on December 13 and 14 HuffPost published stories on its front page that it decided were much more important for its readers to be aware of, including “Map shows where Americans love butts more than boobs,” and “Couples act out sex positions you’ve never heard of.”


(2.4) March 2016, Kansas City, MO: An anti-Trump protester arrested for assaulting police horse

From the Kansas City, MO Fox News affiliate:

Woman charged for slapping police horse at KC Trump protest, by Stephen Ganey and Megan Brilley, Fox4KC.com (Kansas City, MO), March 19, 2016.  Excerpt:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A woman in the midst of the protests outside the rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump on March 12 was arrested on Friday for abuse of a police service animal. […] After police verbally instructed the protesters back onto the sidewalk, the crowd continued moving forward and mounted officers moved into position to block the crowd.

Police said that’s when the suspect, April J. Foster, 29, approached an officer and his horse, Dan, and began screaming in the horse’s face in an attempt to scare him. When that did not work, Foster reportedly slapped the horse in the face with an open hand. […]

The Kansas City Star reported that a photographer witnessed an incident of a woman slapping a police horse.

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

A December 1, 2016 search using the string “April J. Foster assault horse Kansas City Trump” returned zero results.  Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page over the next three days, from March 20-22:

From near the top of HuffPost’s front page on March 20, 2016.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin Gets Surprisingly Candid About His Sexuality

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No, Xzibit Doesn’t Want To Pimp Your Damn Ride


(2.5) November 2016, Austin, TX: Revolutionary communists, armed with assault rifles, openly call for police officers to be murdered; “What’s better than 12 dead cops? 13 dead cops!!”

h/t BlueLivesMatter blog, November 22, 2016

Members of the Revolutionary Communists USA, chanting for dead police officers — while carrying assault rifles. Over the next three days, five police officers were gunned down across the USA.  HuffPost completely ignored these “protesters” — and the fact that they endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

On November 22, 2016, Blue Lives Matter, a blog operated by current and former police officers, reported the following about an incident in Austin, TX on November 17:

Austin Protesters Chant “What’s Better Than 12 Dead Cops? 13 Dead Cops”, BlueLivesMatter.blue, November 22, 2016. Excerpt:

A few days before 4 officers were shot within a 24 hour period, Austin protesters thought it would be cute to chant about cops dying.

A video has been circulating social medial websites the past few days showing a group of children throwing a temper tantrum about god knows what, while chanting about police dying.

The video starts off with one misled young man shrieking his frustrations about law enforcement with the always original phrase “fuck the police.”

The incident occurred on November 17, two days before five police officers from across America were shot in ambush-style attacks, two of whom died, between November 19-20.

The participants in this event were members of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, which explicitly advocates violence, and the overthrow of the U.S. government, to usher in a Stalinist-Maoist communist totalitarian system.  The RCP-USA (which endorsed Hillary Clinton) were captured on video, bearing assault weapons, openly advocating for the murder of more police officers — days before their wish was fulfilled:

“What’s better than 12 dead cops? 13 dead cops!!”

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

A December 12, 2016 search using the string “Austin protest communists dead cops” returned zero results.  Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page, from November 22-24:

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This “news” story appeared at the top of HuffPost’s front page on November 22, 2016.

The Vulva Gallery Wants Women To Know That Body Diversity Is Beautiful

Politician Who Criticized Squirrels Gets Hospitalized By Squirrel

Hillary Clinton Spotted Buying Books In Peaceful Alternate Universe

Kate Wore A Sparkly Belt And All Felt Right For One Brief Moment

Alicia Silverstone Isn’t Clueless — She’s Clothes-less!

 

 

 


(2.6) November 2016, Birmingham, AL: Two individuals were arrested and charged with attempting to set up an ambush with which to shoot police officers; later it was discovered their motive was to incite a broader, race-based series of attacks on police
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This story was posted by Fox News at 11:55pm on November 23, 2016.

According the AP, two individuals were arrested in late November, and charged with attempting to set up an ambush with which to shoot police officers:

Police: Couple planted fake bomb hoping to shoot officers, The Associated Press (via Fox News), November 23, 2016. Excerpt:

An Alabama couple planted a fake bomb at a suburban elementary school hoping to shoot officers arriving at the scene or even rob a bank, police said Wednesday.  Zachary Edwards, 35, and Raphel Dilligard, 34, of Birmingham face charges that include making terrorist threats, rendering a false alarm and possessing a hoax destructive device, said police Capt. Jeff Bridges of Trussville, Alabama. […]

Arrested afterward, the couple told investigators what they had planned, according to Bridges. The couple, who share an address, wanted to shoot officers at the school or rob a bank while police were busy dealing with the bogus bomb, he said.

On November 24, police reported that the plot had a clear racial component:

Edwards claimed to be a member of the Black Panthers and the Black Mafia, but authorities have not yet confirmed his reported associations with any organized group. “My guys believe this individual to be a very dangerous person,” said Dave Hyche, ATF’s assistant special agent in charge in Alabama.

Once brought in for questioning, both gave confessions. Edwards admitted to planting the device, and said his plan was to get all police officers and first responders in one place so he could shoot them. “I guess he doesn’t like cops,” Bridges said. […]

“Probably because of the overwhelming response to the area,” Hyche said. “He wanted everybody in one place so he could kill cops. He made it clear to our guys he wanted to commit acts of violence. This arrest probably did stop something bad from happening.”

Soon after, police discovered that the duo’s ultimate objective was to start a race war:

Edwards also talked of using the incident as a diversion so he could commit crimes elsewhere –  such as robbing a bank – while the police were tied up at the elementary school, but backed out of that plan.

“Probably because of the overwhelming response to the area,” Hyche said. “He wanted everybody in one place so he could kill cops. He made it clear to our guys he wanted to commit acts of violence. This arrest probably did stop something bad from happening.”

He discussed starting a race war, but authorities didn’t elaborate on what he said.

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

A March 22, 2017 search using the string “Zachary Edwards Raphel Dilligard” returned zero results.  Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page, from November 24-26, 2016:

 


(2.7) December 2016, Compton, CA: Black Lives Matter chapter defended barista who allegedly spit in police officer’s coffee

The Sacramento, CA Fox News affiliate reported on December 29 that the Compton, CA chapter of Black Lives Matter was standing by a Starbucks barista who boasted on Facebook that he’d spit in local police officer’s coffee.  From there, the story was given national attention by the Daily Caller on December 30:

Black Lives Matter Chapter Proudly Praises Barista For Allegedly Spitting In Officer’s Coffee, by Amber Randall, The Daily Caller, December 30, 2016. Excerpt:

A Black Lives Matter chapter publicly praised a barista for spitting in an officer’s coffee at a local California coffee shop Wednesday night.

The Facebook page “Stockton Police Department, Corruption Reporting Page” posted a photo of the officer and his family, reports Fox 40.

“We are happy to report that today this officer from the Stockton Police Department got to have coffee … served with a side of spit,” the caption alleged.

Black Lives Matter Stockton contended that an anonymous barista spit in the coffee because they were unhappy with how the officer had treated a family member. The barista was also displeased with how the department did not take a race related complaint seriously.

“It really happened … we gave you all the proof we could without throwing someone under the bus,” the chapter wrote.

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

A March 22, 2017 search using the string “Compton CA barista spit in police coffee” returned zero results.  Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page, from December 31, 2016 – January 2, 2017:

 


(2.8) November 2016, Harrisonville, MO: A police officer’s home was set on fire — with his children inside — in what police suspect was arson

The home of Sgt. Geremy Pearce, after it was torched in a suspected arson attack.

Harrisonville police officer’s house fire is being investigated as arson, by 41 Action News (MO), November 21, 2016. Excerpt:

Harrisonville police say a fire at one of its officers’s homes is being investigated as arson.

Sgt. Geremy Pearce, was not home at the time. His significant other and children made it out of the house unharmed, officials said.  The Harrisonville Police Department said the fire is “suspicious” and being investigated as an arson.  Pearce and his family aren’t currently living in their home because of the fire.

[Ed. BlueLivesMatter.blue also reported this story, and the fact that a GoFundMe account to raise money for Sgt. Pearce’s family.]

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

A March 22, 2017 search using the string “Sgt. Geremy Pearce home arson” returned zero results.  Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page, from November 22-24, 2016:

 


(2.9) January 2017, Baltimore, MD: Anti-Trump protester arrested after spitting in police officer’s face

From the Daily Wire:

WATCH: Anti-Trump Protester Spits In Police Officer’s Face, by Hank Berrien, The Daily Wire, January 20, 2017.

In the midst of a clash between a few dozen anti-Trump protesters and police in downtown Cleveland on Friday, one protester started elbowing and shoving an officer before spitting in the officer’s face. The incident was captured on video by Fox News 8.

The protesters were walking along East 9th Street at Superior Avenue; some Cleveland Division of Police bike patrol officers rode beside them. One man repeatedly elbowed and shoved one of the officers, then spit in his face. The man was arrested for assault of a police officer and aggravated disorderly conduct.

Video below: (Caution: strong language)

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

A March 22, 2017 search using the string “Baltimore Trump protest spit officer face arrested” returned zero results.  Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page, from January 21-23, 2017:


(3) Whitewashing those who attack police officers


(3.1) HuffPost re-labeled a convicted cop killer as an “activist,” and evoked sympathy for him

 


(3.1) HuffPost re-labeled a convicted cop killer as an “activist,” and evoked sympathy for him

The following is summarized from the Huff-Watch blog:

So who is this man, whom HuffPost described as an “activist”? His name is Mumia Abu-Jamal, a militant founding member of the Black Panthers, who was convicted of murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner.  From DiscoverTheNetworks:

Officer Daniel Faulkner, whom this “activist” was convicted of murdering.

[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.

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.

Next, did this teacher really only ask students to write to Al-Jamal, as HuffPost claimed?  No.  As HuffPost knew, or should have known, this was no suggestion: it was a class assignment, as NewsDay reported by four days before HuffPost published its “story”:

HuffPost eventually changed its story page headline to more closely approximate reality, while taking a morally neutral stance on the notion of a teacher assigning students to write get-well cards to a convicted murderer:

However, as of December 6, 2016, HuffPost’s story page still insists that the teacher only “asked” her students to write get-well cards to Abu-Jamal:


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