Examples of HuffPost inciting racial hatred

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Contents

Overview

Examples

(1) “It’s pretty clear who ruined America: white people”

(2) “Let’s be honest, white people are the problem here”

(3) White people conspire to “steal elections”

(4) “The Klan won last night”

(5) HuffPost implies that half of America’s voters are Nazis or Klan members

(6) “The ‘Perfect Crime’ in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense”

(7) “Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People On The Big Screen”

(8) “Black women suffer from America”

(9) HuffPost used a black man to indicate “the laziest people ever”

(10) HuffPost: White people who say “All Lives Matter” are racist, and need to atone

(11) “We should be meaner to racists”

(12) “Don’t fuck anyone who tells you ‘all lives matter’”

(13) “My Skin Color Is A ‘F**king Disease’ In Trump’s America”

(14) “All My (Bigot) Friends Are Dead”

(15) Police officers “are murdering our (black) kids and getting away with it”

(16) “How America Kills Black Men Without Lifting A Finger”

(17) Laws should be enacted to stop white men from voting, worldwide, and their wealth stolen and redistributed


Overview

Racism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary:

the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races

One classic justification for racism and incitement based on racial bigotry, is to blame all the members of one race for all of a nation’s, or town’s, problems.

HuffPost insists it is a professional, nonpartisan newspaper, that does not tolerate any form of racism or bigotry.  These headlines reveal the grim reality: and, as documented elsewhere in this report, it also employs an extreme bias in terms of reporting the hate crimes it helps to incite, in part based on the race of the of the victim(s), and the perpetrator(s).

HuffPost’s senior executives have repeatedly and publicly stated that they do not allow any kind of offensive content on its pages.  According to its terms and conditions, HuffPost:

prohibits materials that are… hateful, obscene, defamatory, libelous… or [are] otherwise inappropriate

And in 2010, Arianna Huffington, its editor-in-chief and found, asserted that she had also prohibited “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… 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

The reader must judge how the contents of this page comport with these policies — and, given HuffPost’s unrivaled reach and influence, the impact that it is having on race relations in America.


Examples


(1) “It’s pretty clear who ruined America: white people”

On November 10, 2016, HuffPost published a racist editorial at the top of its front page, that led to a story page which contained a sub-headline that read:

“It’s pretty clear who ruined America: white people.”

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Note that HuffPost positioned this incitement-based racist editorial under an ad for Nordstrom (above), and on its front page, next to an ad for State Farm insurance:

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(2) “Let’s be honest, white people are the problem here”

HuffPost published this racist editorial on its front page on November 22, 2016, entitled:

White Jews Have A Duty To Stand With Muslims And People Of Color

Many of the bizarre racist and anti-Semitic premises and allegations underlying this editorial were quickly demolished by Micha Mitch Danzig, a Jewish lawyer and former Israeli soldier. Danzig, however, did not address this explicitly racist excerpt:

“Let’s be honest, white people are the problem here”

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(3) White people conspire to “steal elections”

On March 11, 2016, HuffPost published an editorial near the top of its front page that was entitled:

4 Ways White Political Forces Steal Elections and How We Can Stop It

03-11-2016-fphl-22-13-whites-stealing-electionsExcerpts (emphasis added):

A personal tweet I sent out this week said: “Let’s be clear — and Christian: A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for racism.” […]

Donald Trump is appealing to the worst instincts of white people, and American history has shown how ugly and violent those white instincts can be. He is right when he claims to be bringing out people that have never voted before — but he leaves out that those new voters are angry white people.

At the same time we’re adding them to our voting rolls, there are active political forces directly engaged in trying to block and diminish the turnout of black, Hispanic, Asian, and Muslim voters. They’re doing so in four ways.

First, as Michelle Alexander explains in The New Jim Crow, political strategies now connect the deliberate mass incarceration of black and brown men and women with the subsequent and purposeful political disenfranchisement of those millions of people of color when they return to society. […]

As HuffPost knew, or should have known, each of these inflammatory claims and conspiracy theories (which HuffPost claims it has strictly prohibited), and those that followed, can be easily debunked.  For example, the bulk of what the writer claims are examples of “whites stealing elections” are actually examples of bipartisan measures, practiced for decades.  As in the case of mandatory minimum prison sentences, they were enacted under a Democratic president (Clinton), and authorized by a Democratic Congress (sources 1, 2).  Instead of being honest about this, however, apparently trusting that the general public is unaware of these facts, the writer connects the things about which he complains exclusively to Republicans in general, and Trump in specific.

And as HuffPost also knew, or should have known, this editorial writer, Jim Wallis, whose editorial screeds it has posted weekly on its front page for years, is an inflammatory radical leftist who sees pretty much everything through the prism of racial and religious intolerance.  This even includes an outrageous statement he made about one of the U.S. military’s most heroic achievements – when it assassinated Osama Bin Laden:

Pumping our fists in victory or celebrating in the streets is probably not the best Christian response to anyone’s death, even the death of a dangerous and violent enemy. […] The chants of “USA, USA, USA” are also not the best mantra for believers who should know that they are meant to be Christians first and Americans second.

Further, he said that it is Americans who should repent for the Islamist terror attacks on them:

The violence of terrorism, the violence of war, and even the violent reprisal against Osama bin Laden on Sunday should all push us to deeper reflection, and even repentance, for how we have allowed the seeds of such destruction to take root and grow in our hearts and in our world.

This is also not the first time that Wallis has made a false charge of racism.  In 2010, at HuffPost, he said:

“There is something wrong with a political movement like the Tea Party which is almost all white. Does that mean every member of the Tea Party is racist? Likely not. But is an undercurrent of white resentment part of the Tea Party ethos, and would there even be a Tea Party if the president of the United States weren’t the first black man to occupy that office?”

It is ironic that Wallis would publish such an editorial at HuffPost, given that at the time, it was provably far less racially diverse than the Tea Party was, at this time, as documented by the Huff-Watch blog.

Is HuffPost racist? By its own standards, it would appear so, Huff-Watch, May 2, 2010.  Excerpt:

75% of America is white; 79% of the Tea Party is white (Gallup). Yet as this article documents, apparently 0% of HuffPost’s top executives, reporters and editors are black.

As documented in the above blog article, here is a picture of HuffPost’s employee 2009 Christmas party – which looks almost so purely white it might be mistaken for a Klan rally – and is far less diverse than the Tea Party at that time:

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(4) “The Klan won last night”

On November 9, 2016, HuffPost published an editorial near the top of its front page that claimed, “The Klan won last night.” Excerpt:

And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night.

Note: Sometime after November 9, HuffPost selectively edited the above line out of its version of the editorial, but it remains at its original source, Vanity Fair (screencap).  Apparently, HuffPost determined that this line had done its job, and it had nothing to lose by removing the line, after-the-fact.


(5) HuffPost implies that half of America’s voters are Nazis or Klan members

This was HuffPost’s front page splash headline on November 12, 2016:

This racist, anti-Semitic vandalism was perpetrated on a sign at a private athletic facility in Wellsville, NY.  No one knew whether the vandalism was perpetrated by actual Nazis or racists.

Despite this, HuffPost published this incendiary splash headline, definitively assigning blame to Trump supporters, and implying that those who would do such a thing constitute his base, amounting to half of America’s voters.  And as of March 30, 2017 — four months later — no arrest has been made.

Yet the reality, as HuffPost has consistently ignored both before and after it published this shock headline, is that it was far more likely to be one of the dozens of fake hate crimes that radical leftists had perpetrated in recent years, against black Americans, Jews and Muslims and, which were initially blamed on Trump supporters or conservatives.  A sampling:

  • Oberlin, OH: During a one-month period, Oberlin College was the site of repeated anti-black, anti-Semitic and homophobic graffiti, including swastikas; A police investigation identified the perpetrators as leftist activists
  • Jersey City, NJ: A black candidate for high school student council reported receiving racist text messages, threatening him to drop out of the race; Police determined he sent texts to himself
  • Skokie, IL: A Northwestern University chapel was vandalized with painted swastikas, “Trump”; Soon after, two Jewish students confessed to perpetrating the crime, based on video evidence
  • San Francisco, CA: A Nazi swastika flag was discovered flying over home; Soon after, it was discovered to be owned by an anti-Trump activist
  • East Garden City, NY: Nassau Community College was repeatedly vandalized with more than a hundred swastikas and racist signs; A brown-skinned man was caught in the act, and charged
  • Denton, TX: White couple discovered anti-black graffiti painted on home, and vehicles torched; Soon after, husband confessed to the crime
  • Ormond Beach, FL: A woman finds pro-Trump, anti-black racist threats at her home, and her car on fire; Soon after, Her black ex-boyfriend confessed to perpetrating the crimes
  • Sylvania Township, OH: A Muslim family’s home was defaced with racist hate graffiti; A Muslim man was later arrested and charged with perpetrating the crime

See many more examples of recent fake hate crimes at:

SaveTheWest’s Fake Hate Crimes Roster

Further, it is notable that for many years HuffPost has consistently ignored actual, documented hate crimes against Jews.  In 2015 alone, HuffPost ignored 18 such incidents, many of which occurred within New York City, where it is headquartered.  And from January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017, HuffPost also ignored 28 anti-Semitic incidents across America.  See the detailed documentation at:

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

Examples of HuffPost ignoring anti-Semitic hate incidents in America in 2016-2017

All of the above is especially notable when one considers how consistently HuffPost explicitly incites hatred against Jews, as was highlighted in SaveTheWest’s recent documentary:

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

The trailer:


(6) “The ‘Perfect Crime’ in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense”

On August 29, 2014, HuffPost featured this editorial on its front page:

HuffPost did this despite the plethora of evidence that was emerging at the time — all of which it ignored or downplayed — that showed Michael Brown:

  • Refused to comply with Officer Darren Wilson’s commands
  • Grabbed Officer Darren Wilson’s gun and was attempting to murder him with it

Rather than being an isolated incident, this libelous, incitement-based editorial was part of HuffPost’s ongoing racist lies, deception and bias at the time, as an extension of its efforts to incite hatred against American police officers.


(7) “Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People On The Big Screen”

HuffPost published this editorial as “news”* on its front page on July 28, 2014 (*note that it is positioned mid-way down the right column, instead of on the left column, where its editorials reside):

Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People On The Big Screen

If there is any uncertainty as to whether or not this headline should be considered as an incitement of racial hatred, consider how HuffPost would react if a conservative “newspaper” ran a headline that said, “Why I’m Tired of Seeing Black People On The Big Screen,” or “”Why I’m Tired of Seeing Brown People On The Big Screen,” or “Why I’m Tired of Seeing Muslims On The Big Screen.”

Given the precedents documented in this report, it is clear that HuffPost would be first out of the gate to condemn this racism and bigotry, with front-page shock headlines.

And yet, this is HuffPost itself, the supposed champion of black Americans and other minorities, promoting such a racially bigoted editorial, right on its front page.


(8) “Black women suffer from America”

This “news” story about “suffering from America” appeared on HuffPost’s front page on March 18, 2017:

Afro-Latina’s Art Is Therapy For Black Women Suffering From America

In the broadest sense, this assault on America is part of HuffPost’s broader pattern of incitement against the U.S. military and police officers, based on lies and egregious distortions.

But when one considers how long HuffPost has been inciting racial hatred — while ignoring the rash of fake anti-black hate crimes, which in a number of cases it helped to legitimize — it becomes clear that it is headlines such as this that help advance its racially-divisive “jihad” against America.

Curiously, on the subject of “artists,” on March 16, two days before it published this editorial, HuffPost completely ignored a Hollywood actor who publicly said that if he could go back in time, he would assassinate President Trump.  Details here.


(9) HuffPost used a black man to indicate “the laziest people ever”

One of the age-old racist smears against black people is that they are lazy.  Yet on March 20, 2010, this “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page:

“The Laziest People Ever”

Update, February 4, 2017: HuffPost has now removed this picture from its story page.


(10) HuffPost: White people who say “All Lives Matter” are racist, and need to atone

This hardly needs to be debunked.  It is just more of HuffPost’s relentless efforts to incite racial hatred where it does not exist, in large part to advance its incitement of hatred against police officers.

The Real Reason White People Say ‘All Lives Matter’, by John Halstead, Huffington Post, July 25, 2016. Excerpt:

Dear fellow white people, let’s have an honest talk about why we say “All Lives Matter.” First of all, notice that no one was saying “All Lives Matter” before people started saying “Black Lives Matter.” So “All Lives Matter” is a response to “Black Lives Matter.” Apparently, something about the statement “Black Lives Matter” makes us uncomfortable. Why is that? […]

The racism that we need to face today is much more insidious than white hoods and racial slurs. It is the racism of well-meaning people who are not consciously or intentionally racist.

The racism that we need to face is the racism of average white middle-class Americans who would never think of saying the N-word and would vociferously condemn the KKK, but nevertheless unwittingly participate in institutionalized racism. We most often participate in racism by omission, rather than commission. We participate in racism when we fail to see it where it exists. We participate in racism when we continue to act like race is a problem that only Black people have. We participate in racism when we seek comfortable responses like “All Lives Matter.”

Addendum: HuffPost also ignored all rebuttals to this article, including this one — by a black man.


(11) “We should be meaner to racists”

Five months after item 10, in which a HuffPost editorial claimed all white people who say “All lives matter” are racists, it turned up the heat, by coming one step closer to helping to incite more violence — just as it did in at least three recent occasions.  One need not travel past the first paragraph to realize the utter insanity of what HuffPost advocated:

We Should Be Meaner To Racists: Comfortable people don’t change and racism is uncomfortable, by Erika Heidewald, Huffington Post, December 13, 2016. Excerpt:

There’s been a lot of talk since the election about being nicer to racists. “Don’t call people racists!” think pieces written by white men urge, because then those racists will refuse to listen. (Ironically, the same people saying we should never use the word “racism” are often the same ones who say we can’t fight ISIS unless we use the words “radical Islam.”) But coddling white people’s feelings is not the way to get people to change. In fact, we need to call out racism more often and more vehemently than we have been. It’s not about making ourselves feel better, it’s about changing our country for the better and finally overcoming the racism that poisons us.

Ironically, the author of this “think piece,” which excoriates a vast swath of white people, and all those who want to call radical Islam what it is, is a white woman.


(12) “Don’t fuck anyone who tells you ‘all lives matter’”

To be filed under “tolerance.”

Don’t F**k The Patriarchy, by Rebecca Orchant, Huffington Post, December 10, 2016.  Excerpt:

I’m a queer woman who is married to a man. I have fucked lots of men, some of whom deserved it, and some of whom didn’t. I AM saying don’t fuck people who profit off of your disenfranchisement. I AM saying don’t give pleasure to someone who doesn’t respect your right to exist. This message isn’t just for women, it’s for anyone who fucks men. […]

If someone tells you that “actually, all lives matter,” DON’T FUCK THEM.


(13) “My Skin Color Is A ‘F**king Disease’ In Trump’s America”

This editorial screed was written by HuffPost’s “Senior Contributors Editor.”  No one knows whether the incident she described ever actually took place.  But apparently, because it contributed to HuffPost’s steady incitement of racial hatred in America, and possibly its efforts to legitimize fake hate crimes, and the myth of “Islamophobia,” that Muslims are at such disproportionately high risk of being victims of religiously-motivated hate crimes in America.

My Skin Color Is A ‘F**king Disease’ In Trump’s America; After I rejected a guy who hit on me, he tried to hit me where it really hurt, by Sahaj Kohli, Huffington Post, November 17, 2016. Excerpt:

On Monday, after I ignored a seemingly affluent, maybe 30-something man who was aggressively hitting on me, he told me to “go home to where you came from because no one wants your f**king disease.” Then, with pleasure, he told me he voted for Trump and added, “you people aren’t going to last long.”

I’ve been trying to hold on to a semblance of American pride, for the sake of immigrants everywhere in this nation and for the sake of my parents, who moved here before I was born to give me a better life, and especially for the sake of an identity I’m questioning and lost without.

Since the election, I’ve been feeling conflicted. I have this perpetual ache in my chest that I don’t belong as an Indian because I’m too American and like I don’t belong as an American because I’m Indian/Sikh and have brown skin.


(14) “All My (Bigot) Friends Are Dead”

Continuing HuffPost’s steady incitement of inciting racism (and subtly, of violence), and of enabling anyone who didn’t support Sen. Clinton to be smeared as a Nazi…

All My (Bigot) Friends Are Dead, by Chuck Nwoke, Huffington Post, October 31, 2016. Excerpt:

I do without a doubt believe that Trump supporters would have supported Hitler’s accusatory rhetoric and his rise to power. Only to claim at the end, after all the goodness in the world had asserted its virtuous might, that they had no idea what the smell wafting through the air was. […]

I purged my Facebook account and unfriended more people, disassociated with others through different means. I didn’t want to be anyone’s black alibi, that one friend referred to as part of their “I’m not racist” defense. The same went for those who’d made disparaging comments about LGBT rights, immigrants and Muslims, and any man who’s used offensive names to describe Secretary Clinton.

Curiously, HuffPost had nothing to say about the fact that more black and Hispanic Americans voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, than voted for Gov. Romney, in 2012.  Were they all Nazis, too?


(15) Police officers “are murdering our (black) 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.

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

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.


(16) “How America Kills Black Men Without Lifting A Finger” 

On April 6, 2017, HuffPost published this “news” story on its front page:

“How America Kills Black Men Without Lifting A Finger,” by Chris Jones, Huffington Post, April 6, 2017. Excerpt:

Debra J. Barksdale, professor and associate dean of academic programs at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Nursing, has been examining stress in African-American men for three decades. Like Hasson, she cites cortisol and its role in chronic stress, stating that it’s like “having your stressors turned on all the time.”

“The fight-or-flight response is more of an acute reaction,” she says. “Whether it’s related to the pressures from society, increased chances of being stopped by the authorities, trying to provide for their families or trying to find a job or sustain a job, when a stressor occurs, there are physiological processes that occur in the brain that trigger the release of cortisol. What we have found was in certain people who are constantly stressed, cortisol levels do not go down throughout the day. It will remain high.”

Nowhere, however did the article indicate that “America kills black men.”

That is because HuffPost rewrote the actual headline of this “piece,” which had originally been published in Richmond Magazine, as it indicated at the end:

At Richmond Magazine, as HuffPost knew, the article was given a very different title:

Is Stress Killing Black Men? Experts point to hormone that links stress to diabetes, other health disparities, by Chris Jones, Richmond Magazine, October 25, 2016.

So why did HuffPost so egregiously and dishonestly rewrite the headline for this article, if not to deceptively, maliciously advance its long, documented pattern of:

  • Assaulting America as a whole — in this case, by falsely blaming it for black mens’ health problems
  • Inciting black hatred against America

It should also be noted that this is part of HuffPost’s continuing pattern of rewriting source headlines, in order to deceive its readers, to advance its subversive, unannounced political agenda.  Other examples:


(17) Laws should be enacted to stop white men from voting, worldwide, and their wealth stolen and redistributed

On April 13, 2017, HuffPost published this editorial on the front page of its South Africa edition:

Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?, by Shelley Garland, Huffington Post, April 13, 2017. Excerpts:

It is time to wrestle control of the world back from white males, and the first step will be a temporary restriction of the franchise to them. […]

Some of the biggest blows to the progressive cause in the past year have often been due to the votes of white men. If white men were not allowed to vote, it is unlikely that the United Kingdom would be leaving the European Union, it is unlikely that Donald Trump would now be the President of the United States, and it is unlikely that the Democratic Alliance would now be governing four of South Africa’s biggest cities.

If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened. It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely – the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world. The influence of reckless white males were one of the primary reasons that led to the Great Recession which began in 2008. This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed. […]

This redistribution of the world’s wealth is long overdue, and it is not just South Africa where white males own a disproportionate amount of wealth.[…]

Over the past 500 years colonialism, slavery, and various aggressive wars and genocides, have been due to the actions of white men. Redistributing some of their assets will go some way to paying the historical debt that they owe society.

The fascistic thrust of this editorial aside, it is factually wrong, and thus, as HuffPost knew or should have known, it could only serve to incite more racial hatred, based on lies.

As the black economist and social commentator Dr. Thomas Sowell revealed in his study of slavery, while white Americans had a role in slavery, they inherited it — and did the most to end it.  Further, as Dr. Sowell revealed in his book, “Black Rednecks and White Liberals”, it was not white men, but rather, black Africans, Muslims and Arabs who have played the dominant role in the bulk of the slave trade for the past five hundred years — as they do to this day.  This audio excerpt is from Dr. Sowell’s book:


UPDATE, April 17, 2017: HuffPost heavily promoted, defended and profited from this article — then removed it, but not because of its racism, lies or incitement

On April 16, 2017, Heat St. broke the story that this article was written by a person who doesn’t exist, as an experiment to see if HuffPost would run it, on the speculation that it catered to the “nonpartisan newspaper’s” desire to incite racial hatred, Marxist redistribution schemes, and to do so via deception and easily-disproved lies:

Gullible Huffington Post Falls for Hoax Article Calling for White Men to be Stripped of Voting Rights, by Ian Miles Cheong, HeatSt.com, April 16, 2017. Excerpt:

Huffington Post’s South African editors were initially pleased with the reception of Garland’s article. On Saturday night, HuffPostSA editor Sipho Hlongwane bragged that the article had received plenty of traffic while making a tongue-in-cheek complaint about his corrections inbox.

HuffPost’s editor, bragging about how much traffic this hate article was generating — meaning, profits for the site.

After the piece went viral on social media due to coverage from right-leaning Twitter and Facebook personalities […] HuffPostSA editor Verashni Pillay wrote an article (archived post) defending its publication. She highlighted examples of complaints sent to the website, and blamed readers for having a poor understanding of the “pretty standard feminist theory” Shelley used.

Then, following the extensive backlash, Huffington Post deleted the article, replacing it with a meek apology and a claim that they were unable to confirm that Shelley Garland was a real person. They even had to hilariously clarify that they are in favor of universal voting enfranchisement.

A person claiming to be Shelley Garland has since reached out to Cliff Central, with evidence of the original pitch email she had sent to Huffington Post.  “Shelley” says she received the website’s content guidelines, which her piece certainly does not adhere to despite the site’s decision to post it.

As it turned out, the author who wrote the piece and submitted it to HuffPost was a male, and stands for none of the lies, distortions or incitement that the article contained. He pitched the piece to HuffPost on the speculation that the “objective” newspaper might be eager to publish it — and he was right, as he explained in a detailed email to a South African site:

Ideological Imperatives Trump Editorial Integrity, by Cliff Notes (The Renegade Report), April 16, 2017. Excerpt:

Recently the Huffington Post published a blog post (which has gone viral) by Shelley Garland, an MA philosophy student and self-styled activist and feminist, on whether it is time to deny white men around the globe the vote, and at the same time redistribute their assets globally. There was some speculation on social media that Garland, who claims to not be a fan of South Africa’s ‘rainbow politics’ and is thinking of ways to smash the patriarchy, was not real. Those who thought that Garland is not real were correct. For she is a pseudonym used by myself, a white South African male, to show that one can write absurd racist and sexist hogwash, as long as the target is the right one.

I have had the idea for some time. Breathless meditations on ‘angry white men’ or earnest letters addressed to ‘white people’ seem to be more common than spelling or grammatical errors in The New Age. It seemed to me that one could write any kind of collectivist tripe, as long as the target was white men, and I decided to put this theory to the test and the idea of writing a piece about depriving white men around the globe of the franchise was born.

Armed with a heavily photoshopped picture I found on the Internet and some ridiculous phrases beloved of those on the less sensible left, I set to work. […] Huffington Post […] published the piece as a blog, which has now gone viral. The piece was accepted without question by the Huffington Post even though – as others have pointed out on social media and elsewhere – the piece is riddled with factual errors, logical fallacies, and is not something that an MA student could possibly write (apologies to philosophy students, one of my best friends is a philosopher, but it was the first humanities discipline that popped into my head when I was creating Shelley).

Huffington Post did not fact check any of my ludicrous claims in the article, nor, as far as I can tell, was the piece edited. After the piece was published I saw that I had entered one of the hyperlinks wrong for one of my ‘sources,’ and this had clearly not been checked. […]

A further indictment on the Huffington Post is the fact that its editor, Verashni Pillay, then took it upon herself to defend the total garbage that I had written.

More at Intellectual Takeout.


April 23, 2017 update: HuffPost editor resigns, and entire “news” site is scolded by parent company for breaching its commitment to “responsible journalism”

From HeatSt.com,which helped to break the entire scandal:

Huffington Post Editor Resigns In Shame Over Hoax Article That Said White Men Shouldn’t Get to Vote, by Ian Miles Cheong, HeatSt.com, April 23, 2017. Excerpts:

[HuffPost editor] Verashni Pillay resigned this weekend following an investigation into the controversial article and a severe ruling by South Africa’s press ombudsman.

The CEO of Media24, which operates HuffPost in South Africa, issued a statement calling the article’s publication “hugely damaging” to their reputation.

“Responsible journalism is at the heart of what we do; it’s the currency we trade in,” said Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman. “In an era of fake news, I know only too well that our editors spend an inordinate amount of time checking the veracity of information before they publish. When our systems fail, we’re not just alarmed; we’re outraged. This is a sad day for journalism.”

Andreij Horn, the head of News24.com, announced that they were accepting Pillay’s resignation and announced that the company will be making changes to editorial management to “address the internal issues that made the situation possible in the first place, and the impact it had on society at large, the company, and its staff.”

South African press ombudsman Johan Retief found that the controversial blog post was both discriminatory and constituted hate speech.


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