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.

Particularly in regards to the acts of anti-police incitement that are documented in Section 1, it is worth recalling how much each of these incidents contradict HuffPost’s repeated public claims of journalistic integrity, and especially, its supposed prohibition of “conspiracy theories and inflammatory claims”:

“[At HuffPost] there are guidelines that have to be followed — and they include a prohibition on conspiracy theories or inflammatory claims. […] of what the great historian Richard Hofstadter called ‘the paranoid style in American politics,’ which he defined as angry minds that traffic in ‘heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy,’ and that see ‘the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms… always manning the barricades of civilization’.”

– Arianna Huffington blog article, April 3, 2010


(1) Inciting hatred against police officers

(1.1) August 2014: “Arrest him!” (Officer Darren Wilson)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1.9) December 2015: HuffPost smeared the vast majority of American police officers as being corrupt — but said smearing refugees from terror-prone countries, for the actions of a few, is wrong

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

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

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

ADDENDUM ITEMS: Items discovered after the above were published:

A1: August 2014, St. Paul, MN: “Police Allegedly Use Stun Gun On Black Father Waiting For His Kids”


(1.1) August 2014: “Arrest him!” (Officer Darren Wilson)

On August 18, 2014, HuffPost published this as its front-page splash headline:

The headline urged someone to arrest Officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer whom Michael Brown had attacked.  Keep in mind that at the time HuffPost published this headline, it knew (or should have known) that all of the available evidence showed that Officer Wilson was telling the truth — and that the narrative that had been spun around Michael Brown was a lie.


(1.2) 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

(1.3) 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:

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The 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.

Regarding HuffPost’s use of the term “murder,” see attorney Ben Shapiro’s demolition of this lie in Section 1.4.

HuffPost has also never published any of the scholarly reports, that challenge this incendiary narrative:

  • A report by a black Harvard economics professor, that demonstrated the reality is the exact opposite of its incendiary allegations; specifically that police officers are actually less likely to shoot a black suspect than a white one
  • A report that documents how the “news” media is playing a key role in inciting racial hatred in America, based on false allegations such as these
  • A report by a scholar that demonstrates that most of the narrative employed by Black Lives Matter is pure propaganda

Through these acts and omissions, HuffPost not only served to help incite hatred against police officers by propagating incendiary falsehoods, it also contributed to advancing racial hatred in general.


(1.4) 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).


(1.5) 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”?)

(1.6) 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?


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

This case study is adapted from an article at the Huff-Watch blog.

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:

This is the same model HuffPost has been using for years: knowingly, falsely depicting violent attackers as victims, and their victims as the perpetrators.  It has also used this deception-and-incitement model with particularly great effect in regards to depicting the Israel-Palestinian conflict, whenever the Jewish state is forced to respond to terrorist attacks; see SaveTheWest’s recent documentary about this issue here.

(1.8) 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.”


(1.9) December 2015: HuffPost smeared the vast majority of American police officers as being corrupt — but said smearing refugees from terror-prone countries, for the actions of a few, is wrong

In these two front-page articles, HuffPost demonstrated another of its double-jointed beliefs on vital national security matters.

In the first case, it applauded a video blogger (“vlogger”) who claimed that because a minority of police officers are bad, we should “replace the system.”  Yet in the second instance, it explicitly claimed that just because a minority of Syrian refugees are or may be terrorists or terror supporters, it should not dissuade America from taking them in.  Further, it falsely claims that America employs rigorous screening procedures — a claim that it knew, or should have known, is false, as our top national security officials have testified, in many or most cases, this is impossible to do.

Vlogger Shuts Down ‘But There Are Good Cops Too’ With Perfect Analogy, by Aaron Barksdale, Huffington Post, December 3, 2015. Excerpt:

In the video, Kirk draws the parallel between police brutality and clean water. “If I live in a house where the water is coming out dirty sometimes I don’t just say ‘well, it’s not always dirty, so nothing is wrong.’ No, I need to replace the system,” he says.

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Donald Trump Jr. Compares Syrian Refugees To Bowl Of Skittles; He grossly exaggerated the risk that a Syrian refugee could be a terrorist, by Marina Fang, Huffington Post, September 19, 2016. Excerpt:

Donald Trump Jr. used a bowl of Skittles to claim that admitting Syrian refugees poses a threat to the United States, perpetuating an unfounded fear. The son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted a graphic on Monday that warned of the danger of accepting Syrian refugees because some could be terrorists. […]

The comparison grossly overstates the proportion of refugees who have had ties to terrorist groups, and generalizes the process by which refugees and other types of immigrants come to the U.S.

For reference, see sections 4 and 8 in this research report, produced by SaveTheWest.com, that demonstrates a sizable portion of refugees from Syria and other Middle Eastern nations (including on U.S. soil) believe in the radical Islamist ideology, and support ISIS.

Also, see this December 2015 video by devout Muslim Raheel Raza, as she obliterates the notion that it is only a tiny minority of Middle-Eastern and North African Muslims who support sharia, the most oppressive, often violent fundamentalist beliefs, and who are seeking to emigrate to America:

More: See this video by attorney Ben Shapiro further dissect the myth that it is only a “tiny minority” of Muslims from around the world who believe in sharia, including the most violent forms of it.

The fact is, the vast majority of police officers whom HuffPost vilifies, and depicts as “bad,” end up being exonerated in courts of law, because they did nothing wrong.

Yet it advocates replacing our entire law enforcement system, because of a micro-minority of bad cops.  Yet in contrast, when a demonstrable, sizable minority of Syrian refugees are found to be radicalized, HuffPost attacks those who point out this reality.


(1.10) 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 1.8, 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.


(1.11) 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.

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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 1.8, 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 1.8 and 1.10, 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.


(1.12) 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?


A1: August 2014, St. Paul, MN: “Police Allegedly Use Stun Gun On Black Father Waiting For His Kids”

On August 29, 2014, HuffPost published this inflammatory headline on its front page:

Did the police really use a stun gun on this man, just because he was waiting for his kids? No.  And HuffPost knew it at the time it wrote and published this story, regarding an incident that occurred eight months earlier, on January 31, 2014.  Here is the story page to which that headline led:

Police Allegedly Use Stun Gun On Black Father Waiting For His Kids, by Emily Thomas, Huffington Post, August 29, 2014. Excerpt:

Chris Lollie says he was just sitting in front of a First National Bank in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, on Jan. 31, waiting to pick up his kids, when an employee from a nearby store approached him and asked him to move.[…]

The footage begins as he walks with a female officer, explaining to her that he had been sitting outside the bank for 10 minutes before he was asked to leave. He tells the officer he didn’t see signs saying he was on private property and didn’t think it was fair that he was being asked to move.

“The problem is I’m black,” he can be heard telling the officer. “That’s the problem. … I’m not sitting there with a group of people. I’m sitting there by myself. By myself, not causing a problem.”

Shortly after, a male officer walks up to them, and the exchange becomes heated. Lollie appears to drops his cell phone as he is presumably restrained by officers.

“Put your hands behind your back or you’re going to get tased,” a voice can be heard saying as Lollie frantically repeats that he hasn’t done anything wrong.

HuffPost also included the police statement regarding the incident:

Our officers were called by private security guards on a man who was trespassing in a private area. The guards reported that the man had on repeated occasions refused to leave a private “employees only” area in the First National Bank Building.

With no information on who the man was, what he might be doing or why he refused to leave the area, responding Saint Paul police officers tried to talk to him, asking him who he was. He refused to tell them or cooperate.

Our officers are called upon and required to respond to calls for assistance and to investigate the calls. At one point, the officers believed he might either run or fight with them. It was then that officers took steps to take him into custody. He pulled away and resisted officers’ lawful orders. They then used the force necessary to safely take him into custody.

The man was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process. Those charges were dismissed in July.

We have had a discussion with the man in the video and he was given information on how to file a formal complaint if that was his desire. At this time, no formal complaint has been filed.


Analysis

Clearly, Lollie was not just “waiting for his kids.”  He was on private property, was asked to move out of the bank’s employee parking lot, he refused, he did not provide police with his identification when requested, and when he refused to comply with the rest of the police officers’ requests, they threatened that if he continued to act in this way, they would take him into custody.  HuffPost knew all that at the time it wrote this headline, which it knew was both untrue and incendiary, and could only result in inciting hatred of police officers on a false basis.

Further, Lollie came forward with this story eight months after it occurred — and yet, never filed a complaint against the police department, for alleged racial bias, harassment, or anything else.   Instead, he went to social media.

It is also crucial to consider the timing of HuffPost’s incendiary headline: this was two weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, which it helped to turn into an orgy of lies, hate and incitement.

As shown throughout this page, this is the exact same model that HuffPost has used in the past, to create headlines based on lies and half-truths, infused with incendiary allegations and sympathetic pictures, that could only result in the incitement of hatred against police officers.  It has also used this exact same model in order to incite hate against Israeli police officers.


HuffPost left this false, incendiary headline on its front page for three straight days

HuffPost published this headline on August 29, 2014.  As the following screencaps show, it left the story there, in its original, deceptive form, on August 29-30-31:

 


(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

Revolutionary communists armed with assault rifles in Austin, TX chanting about how they want more police officers to be murdered. HuffPost ignored them. A nationwide shooting spree against police officers erupted two days later.  Details here.

(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!”; Seven days later, two NYPD officers were assassinated

(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 25, 2017 search using the string “Farrakhan we’ll tear this goddamn country apart!” 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 November 30 – December 2, 2014:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on December 1, 2014.

I Can Be A Feminist And Still Like Porn

Stone-age axe discovered in Denmark

Snooki ties the knot

Former MTV VJ Reveals The Truth About Her Rumored Fling With Billy Idol

Live Weather Report Interrupted By Ecstatic Dog Who Can’t Wait To Be On TV


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

On December 6, 2014, the New York Police Department issued a warning that its officers were being threatened by a domestic terrorist group:

NYPD cops warned militant group Black Guerilla Family ‘preparing to shoot on-duty police officers’, by Rocco Parascandola and Thomas Tracy, NY Daily News, December 6, 2014. Excerpt:

A tattooed gang of militants declared open season on the NYPD in the wake of the Eric Garner grand jury decision, according to a threat a police union verified Saturday.

Ten Black Guerrilla Family members are “preparing to shoot on duty police officers,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said.

The gang, formed in the 1960s in the California prison system, recently surfaced on the East Coast and Maryland, where members are at the heart of a drug-trafficking and corruption probe within the Baltimore prison system.

Members swear allegiance for life and sport “BGF” tattoos, as well as ink depicting a dragon surrounding a prison tower, according to gangs.org.

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

A March 25, 2017 search using the string “Black Guerrilla Family threat NYPD” 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 December 7-9, 2014:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on December 7, 2014.

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(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!”; Seven days later, two NYPD officers were assassinated

On December 8,2014, HuffPost allowed its notorious resident racial inciter, Al Sharpton, to announce anti-police rallies he was helping to organize in Washington, DC and New York for December 13.

Marching for Congressional Action on Police Brutality, by Al Sharpton, The Huffington Post, December 8, 2014.

HuffPost gave extensive, glowing coverage to the rally that Sharpton led in Washington.

But HuffPost completely ignored the fact that at the New York rally – which occurred less than two miles from its headquarters – several hundred “demonstrators” were caught on video, screaming:

“What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

NBC News covered these chants at the New York march.  The Daily Beast covered it.  Real Clear Politics covered it.

HuffPost’s completely ignored this story.

HuffPost, however, said nothing about it in its elaborate front-page coverage:

Further, as shown at the bottom, HuffPost continued giving credibility to what it knew or should have known was a malicious lie, that Michael Brown allegedly was executed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO, after pleading, “Hands up, don’t shoot!”


A search using HuffPost’s own search engine proves that it never covered the chant in the future, either

A March 25, 2017 search using the string “New York march police What do we want Dead cops When do we want it Now” returned zero relevant results.

Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page over the next three days, from December 14-16, 2014:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on December 15, 2014.

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HuffPost continued to ignore these chants — while enabling Sharpton to incite more marches — until a week later, when two NYPD officers were assassinated

On December 15, HuffPost published yet another front-page editorial by Al Sharpton, in which he boasted about the “success” of the marches on December 13, and encouraged more.

PO Rafael Ramos (left) and PO Wenjian Liu, slain on 12/20/2014.

NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in Brooklyn (photo NY Daily News).

Then, on December 20, two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were assassinated by a black “activist,” Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who openly claimed on social media that he did it in revenge for alleged police brutality:

“I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours … let’s take 2 of theirs… this may be my final post … I’m putting pigs in a blanket.”

Several hours later, Brinsley assassinated these officers.

Did HuffPost’s relentless incitement against police officers contribute to these assassinations, and the rash of additional murders of police officers that followed?  No one can tell for certain.  But one thing is absolutely certain: the cauldron of hate, lies and deception that HuffPost cultivated, given its reach and influence, could only have helped create a rage-filled environment, which was poised to boil over at any time.


(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.

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(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.

Between November 19-20, 2016 five police officers from across America were shot in ambush-style attacks, two of whom died.

On November 17, 2016 — two days before this shooting spree began — members of the the Revolutionary Communist Party USA in Austin, TX were captured on video, bearing assault weapons, openly advocating for the murder of police officers.

As means of background, the RCP-USA explicitly advocates violence, and the overthrow of the U.S. government, to usher in a Stalinist-Maoist communist totalitarian system.  The RCP-USA also endorsed Hillary Clinton (another fact that HuffPost ignored).

On November 22, 2016, Blue Lives Matter, a blog operated by current and former police officers, posted this report about the RCP-USA’s demonstration in Austin, TX on November 17 — with video:

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.”

[It continues with] “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:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on November 25, 2016.

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(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:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on January 1, 2017.

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(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:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on November 24, 2016.

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(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:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on January 23, 2017.

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(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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