HuffPost’s biased coverage of Rep. Keith Ellison’s campaign to become Chairman of the DNC

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UPDATE February 13, 2017: White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke publicly endorsed Ellison — and HuffPost completely ignored this fact. See the details here.


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(1) Since November 2016, HuffPost has published only positive items about Rep. Ellison’s candidacy to be chairman of the DNC

(2) HuffPost has ignored the dozens of credible articles that contain substantive criticism of Ellison — including an expose by one of its most famous bloggers

(3) December 4, 2016: HuffPost accused journalists of running a “smear campaign” against Ellison

(4) HuffPost ignored a February 2017 expose containing allegations of Ellison’s long-term anti-Semitism, similar to those that it used to mount a “jihad” against Steve Bannon

(5) HuffPost ignored the fact that on February 12, 2017, white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke endorsed Ellison

(6) The repeated, false public claims made by HuffPost and AOL (its parent company) about its “nonpartisan” journalistic standards and practices


(1) Since November 2016, HuffPost has published only positive items about Rep. Ellison’s candidacy to be chairman of the DNC

Starting in early November 2016, HuffPost has engaged in what amounts to a PR campaign for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), to help him become the head of the embattled DNC.  The story below, featured on HuffPost’s front page, is an example of this campaign:

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A sampling of the supportive articles that HuffPost has run on its front page, to advance Ellison’s campaign:

Harry Reid Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC Chair

Elizabeth Warren Endorses Keith Ellison For Next Democratic Party Chair

Progressive Congressman Eyes Chair Seat In Potential Major Shift For DNC

Congressman Keith Ellison Wants To Run The DNC


(2) HuffPost has ignored the dozens of credible articles that contain substantive criticism of Ellison — including an expose by one of its most famous bloggers

HuffPost ignored all dissenting voices, that exposed Ellison for what he really is

HuffPost has suppressed every one of the dozens of reports, articles and editorials that oppose Ellison — including by some of America’s most prominent Democrats — that expose him for his deep, long ties to radical Islamist groups and figures, including even Louis Farrakhan and his notorious Nation of Islam.   As a reminder, here is a recent video of Farrakhan obliquely calling for 10,000 men to murder whites, in retaliation for what he claims are whites’ murdering of blacks.

Even one of HuffPost’s longest-term bloggers, famed Democratic law professor Alan Dershowitz, did an interview on November 15 with MSNBC, which was reported by RealClearPolitics, in which he said, in part:

Dershowitz: The Hard Left Is Very Anti-Semitic; Keith Ellison, Black Lives Matter Inspire Anti-Semitism, by Ian Schwartz, RealClearPolitics.com, November 15, 2016.

“What was seen in this country was a very dangerous development on both sides […] We are seeing the Republicans move right and the Democrats move hard left. I have to tell you, the only thing the hard left and the hard right have in common, they hate Israel and America.”

Dershowitz also said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Muslim who is seeking the chairmanship of the DNC, has many supporters who hate Jews. Dershowitz said Ellison would be cheered by Hamas. “Many of his supporters hate Jews. Many people who applaud his nomination,” he said of Ellison.

HuffPost completely ignored Dershowitz – as its own search engine proves.  Dershowitz is but one of many prominent critics, including Jewish Americans and Democrats, who have come out against Ellison’s nomination, based on hard substance:

The Ellison angle, by Scott Johnson, Powerline.com, November 19, 2016.  Excerpt:

Ellison’s public agitation on behalf of the Nation of Islam extends back to his days as a law student at the University of Minnesota Law School through his first attempt to secure the Democratic endorsement for a state legislative seat. Over the years Ellison agitated on behalf of the Nation of Islam he operated under names including Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad. I summarized this aspect of Ellison’s rise in the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first Congressman” and the companion Power Line post “Keith Ellison for dummies.”

Ellison’s freedom from media scrutiny has served him well so far. Apart from an extremely misleading letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council in 2006, Ellison has never had to account, explain or apologize for his long-time membership in and advocacy of the Nation of Islam. Rather, Ellison has lied about it, minimized it and suppressed it. In his own memoir Ellison rewrites his past, presenting himself as a critic of the Nation of Islam for its bigotry and hatred. He does not confide in readers that the source of his knowledge is personal and that it comes from the inside. I don’t think much of the Democratic Party or its leaders, but I have to ask whether Democrats really know what they are buying with Ellison.

UPDATE: I just heard a radio news report indicating that Ellison denies he was ever a member of the Nation of Islam. This is a bald-faced lie for which I have the ocular proof in “Keith Ellison for dummies.”

More articles that expose the real Keith Ellison — none of which HuffPost published (most recent at top):

Former Classmate: Keith Ellison Would Rant About Jewish Slavers, Called Jews ‘Oppressors’, by Alex Griswold, MediaIte.com, February 7th, 2017.

Keith Ellison’s Life as NIAC Cheerleader: The would-be head of the DNC has a long, cozy history with the Tehran lobby, by Armin Rosen, The Tower, December 7, 2016. [Ed.: See SaveTheWest’s research on the NIAC here, and how HuffPost whitewashes and enables it here.]

Keith Ellison 2010: Israel “has mobilized its Diaspora in America to do its bidding”, by William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection, December 5, 2016.

What Keith Ellison Really Said, by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary, December 5, 2016.

Haim Saban: Keith Ellison is an anti-Semite, Israel-hater: Israeli-American media mogul and Democratic donor warns Ellison as DNC chair would be a ‘disaster’ for relations with Jewish community, by David Rosenberg, Israel National News, December 4, 2016.

The ADL’s Praise of Keith Ellison Betrays Its Mission to Combat Antisemitism, by Morton A. Klein, The Algemeiner, November 23, 2016.

Ellison’s extremism wrong for the DNC, by Oren Litwin, Washington Examiner, November 23, 2016.

Keith Ellison Supported the BDS Movement and Admired Louis Farrakhan. So Why Are Jewish Democrats Supporting Him for Chairman of the DNC?  The Minnesota congressman has long ties to the Nation of Islam. [Updated], by Jeff Ballabon, Tablet, November 21, 2016.

Pro-Israel Jewish Democrats Oppose Keith Ellison’s DNC Bid, by Rafael Medoff, The Jewish Press, November 18, 2016.

ZOA: Don’t Appoint Israel-Basher Cong. Keith Ellison Chair of the Democratic National Committee, by the Zionist Organization of America, November 18, 2016.

Democrats Must Scrutinize Keith Ellison’s Anti-Semitic Past And Ties To Radical Islam, by Joel Mowbray, The Daily Caller, November 17, 2016.

Jewish opposition grows to Keith Ellison’s bid to head Democratic National Committee, by Rafael Medoff, Jewish News Service, November 17, 2016.

Jewish Leaders Question Chuck Schumer’s Endorsement of Keith Ellison, by Brent Scher, The Washington Free-Beacon, November 16, 2016.

Hypocrisy Watch: Networks Pound Bannon, But Ignore Democrat Ellison’s Radicalism, by Rich Noyes, NewsBusters.org, November 16, 2016.

RJC Releases Scathing Ad Against Keith Ellison, by Jack Heretik, Washington Free-Beacon, June 29, 2016.

Even the prominent American Muslim reformer, cardiologist Zuhdi Jasser, MD, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, exposed Ellison for his Islamist connections and sympathies, in this Internet radio show podcast:

HuffPost ignored all of these stories that exposed the other side of Rep. Ellison — and its own search engine proves it.  Here is a search of HuffPost’s archives, using the string “Keith Ellison chair DNC” — which returns only favorable results.

Instead, it published “news” stories on its front page from

In doing all these things, HuffPost has consistently, intentionally and maliciously betrayed even the faintest pretense of “journalism,” and has, instead, been using the money that you and other advertisers give it to engage in efforts to incite hatred. Hatred, between Americans, between races, and between ethnicities.


(3) December 4, 2016: HuffPost accused journalists of running a “smear campaign” against Ellison

After ignoring the dozens of substantive articles that exposed Ellison, HuffPost rose again to his defense, with a blistering attack on other journalists.

Journalists Are Enabling A Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison, by Daniel Marans, Huffington Post, December 4, 2016.

Rather than provide measured, reporting-based commentary, [Chuck] Todd and [Ruth] Marcus exemplify how journalists are capable of doing politicians’ bidding. Intentionally or not, they are boosting the conservative forces in the Democratic Party who want to block Ellison because of his strong stance against the Israeli occupation, for the Iran nuclear deal and other progressive Middle East policies.

Analysis: Beyond the surface irony — of HuffPost, the most vicious online smear merchant, calling out anyone else for running a “smear campaign” — it falsely claimed that NBC and Washington Post journalists are “doing politicians’ bidding,” and cited Ellison’s support for the Iran nuclear deal as a reason why he should be appointed as head of the DNC.  As SaveTheWest recently documented, the Iran deal was a fraud and a hoax from the start, and HuffPost was instrumental in helping to trick and bully Americans and their elected representatives into supporting it, through a multi-year campaign of lies, deception, bias and anti-Semitic incitement.


(4) HuffPost ignored a February 2017 expose containing allegations of Ellison’s long-term anti-Semitism, similar to those that it used to mount a “jihad” against Steve Bannon

On February 7, 2017, MediaIte published the following blockbuster revelation from one of Ellison’s college roommates:

Former Classmate: Keith Ellison Would Rant About Jewish Slavers, Called Jews ‘Oppressors’, by Alex Griswold, MediaIte, February 7, 2017. Excerpt:

According to a former classmate of Keith Ellison, the Democratic Minnesota Congressman and DNC Chair Candidate used offensive rhetoric about Jews while a student at the University of Minnesota.

That anecdote is buried in an otherwise complimentary profile of the congressman from Mother Jones. Ellison recently came under renewed scrutiny for his past defense of anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in the student paper, and for inviting Stokely Carmichael to give a speech on campus in which he accused “Zionists” of collaborating with the Nazis.

One of the campus critics of Ellison (who then went by ‘Keith Hakim’) was an editor of the Minnesota DailyMichael Olenick. Olenick told Mother Jones that in their conversations Ellison argued that blacks and other oppressed groups “could not be racist toward Jews” because “Jews were themselves oppressors.”

“‘European white Jews are trying to oppress minorities all over the world,’” Olenick said Ellison would tell him. “Keith would go on all the time about ‘Jewish slave traders.’”


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

A March 18, 2017 search using the string “Keith Ellison MediaIte college roommate Jews” returned zero results.  Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page on February 8-10, 2017:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on February 9, 2017.

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Anthony Anderson’s Mom Used Videos To Teach Him A Very NSFW Lesson

Meet The Original Trump Haters


(5) HuffPost ignored the fact that on February 12, 2017, white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke endorsed Ellison

From the Daily Caller:

David Duke Endorses Keith Ellison For DNC Chair, by Jim Treacher, Daily Caller, February 13, 2017.

It doesn’t really matter who the chairman of the Democratic National Committee is, because it’s the Democratic National Committee. They’re pretty much screwed no matter what. With that in mind, why not pick someone who can bring everybody together?

Courtesy of the indefatigable Twitchy:

I’m not sure what Ellison supposedly “knows,” but presumably it’s something racist and/or anti-Semitic. Or maybe something about chemtrails? Could be chemtrails.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, the Democrats were very interested in every little thing David Duke had to say. They were eager to hang it around Trump’s neck. So I’m sure they’ll do the same thing for Keith Ellison, now that he’s scored the crucial David Duke endorsement.

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

A February 3, 2017 using the string “Keith Ellison David Duke” returned zero relevant results. Instead, here is a sampling of the “news” stories that HuffPost published on its front page on February 13-15, 2017:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on February 13, 2017.

There’s A Sexual Subliminal Message In Those McDonald’s Arches

Cheeky Protesters Moon Trump Tower Chicago To Ass-ert Outrage (NSFW)

YouTube Star BryanStars Comes Out As Gay In Emotional Video

We’ve Got A Right To Be Mad About Beyoncé Losing ‘Album Of The Year’

For A Brief Moment Beyoncé Made Everything At The Grammys Perfect


Contrast HuffPost’s treatment of Ellison to its devoting a front-page splash headline to accusing Steve Bannon of being an anti-Semite, based on far less evidence

On November 14, 2016, HuffPost published a splash headline which accused Steve Bannon, whom Trump appointed to act as his chief strategist, of being an “anti-Semite.”

The story page to which this incendiary headline led, however, labeled Bannon a “white nationalist.”  This accusation was based not on proof, but on one, unproven allegation from Bannon’s ex-wife, twenty years ago, in a divorce proceeding.

A White Nationalist Is The New White House Chief Strategist: Steve Bannon, who stoked the flames of alt-right fury while running Breitbart News, is headed to the presidential inner circle, by Kim Bellware, Huffington Post, November 14, 2016. Excerpt:

Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News Network executive chairman known for having white nationalist views ― and who has himself been accused of anti-Semitism ― was named chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday.

Bannon, 62, was taking time off from Breitbart to serve as CEO of the Trump campaign before Sunday’s announcement giving him a senior leadership role in the incoming administration.

The page to which the highlighted link led contains the following passage, indicating that there was no proof whatsoever that Bannon actually did what he was accused of — and the fact that these court records were leaked to the media “by mistake.”:

The ex-wife of Donald Trump’s new campaign chief executive Steve Bannon claims Bannon made anti-Semitic comments while the couple fought over which private school to send their daughters to nearly a decade ago.

The allegations — which came to light amid scrutiny over the appointment of Breitbart News head Bannon to Trump campaign CEO —were made in a sworn declaration by the ex-wife in a 2007 court filing.

The court declaration was filed in the midst of a contentious divorce battle between them that lasted 10 years. The divorce was initiated in 1997, but disagreements over schooling choices for the couple’s twin girls brought them back to court a decade later. […]

Police say the report was made available to Politico by mistake.

The court declaration from the ex-wife outlined three separate anti-Semitic remarks that Bannon allegedly made as she toured some of the most elite private schools in the Los Angeles area for their daughters.

At one, Westland School, Bannon’s ex-wife said he “asked the director why there were so many Chanukah books in the library.”


Three prominent Jewish American leaders rose to Bannon’s defense — but HuffPost completely ignored all of them

From November 15-17, three prominent American Jews published articles that defended Bannon from charges of anti-Semitism, and more.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” has been a long-term HuffPost blogger.  On November 15, The Hill published an editorial by Boteach, in which he defended Bannon against charges that he is an anti-Semite, etc. The editorial took the form of an open letter to ADL president Jonathan Greenblatt, who a few days earlier issued an official statement excoriating Bannon as an anti-Semite. Excerpt:

If you have issues with Mr. Bannon, focus them squarely on pronouncements attributed to him. I am aware that in a contentious divorce proceeding he is said to have uttered something about his daughter not being with Jewish students. I have no idea about the veracity of the statement and as a marriage counselor, I know that in a divorce, harsh things are often alleged. Aside from that, I don’t think even the most hostile media can point to a single reason to consider him anti-Semitic.

Prof. Alan Dershowitz, a another long-term HuffPost blogger, blasted the notion that Bannon is an anti-Semite, in a November 16 interview with Breitbart.com. Excerpts:

The evidence certainly suggests that Mr. Bannon has very good relationships with individual Jews.[…] I haven’t seen any evidence of personal anti-Semitism on the part of Bannon. […] I don’t think anybody should be called or accused of being anti-Semitic unless the evidence is overwhelming. […] It is not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you might disagree with their policies. Or because in one instance, like in the Bannon case, an aggrieved wife in a divorce may have said something which he himself has denied having said.

Dershowitz also wrote a November 15 editorial for The Algemeiner, which punctuated these points:

There are many reasons for opposing the appointment of Bannon, but antisemitism is not one of them. I do not support the Bannon appointment, but neither do I support accusing him of being an antisemite, based on the evidence I have seen. […]

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are prevalent both on the hard-Right and on the hard-Left. The Trump election has brought hard-right antisemitism into public view, but the bigotry of the hard-Left is far more prevalent and influential on many university campuses, both in the United States and in Europe.

Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Association of America, issued a press release on November 15 that defended Bannon from all of the allegations that HuffPost employed. Excerpt:

As pro-Israel writer (and orthodox Jew) Joel B. Pollak wrote, Mr. Bannon is “an American patriot who defends Israel & has deep empathy for the Jewish people.” ZOA’s own experience and analysis of Breitbart articles confirms Mr. Bannon’s and Breitbart’s friendship and fair-mindedness towards Israel and the Jewish people. To accuse Mr. Bannon and Breitbart of anti-Semitism is Orwellian. In fact, Breitbart bravely fights against anti-Semitism. Here are a few of the many examples:

HuffPost completely ignored all of these Jewish leaders’ views, as proven by searches in HuffPost’s own internal search engine, of Boteach’s and Dershowitz’s, and Klein’s editorial archives and mentions.

Instead, here is a sampling of the sorts of “news” stories HuffPost published on its front page from November 15-17 instead of any of the substantive defenses of Bannon:

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on November 15, 2016.

The Day My Lover’s Wife Confronted Me About Sleeping With Her Husband

This Photo Of Young Joe Biden Is A Big F**king Deal

This Photo Of A 3-Year-Old Defying Donald Trump Is What We Need Now

CNN’s Van Jones Is Fed Up With Trump Supporters

Drake And Dave Chappelle Reacting To David Blaine’s Frog Trick Is Art

In the end, we have twenty-year-old allegations without a shred of proof against Bannon, versus  voluminous evidence against Ellison.

Yet while HuffPost refused to publish any of the accusations against Ellison, and instead only presented glowing, sympathetic depictions of him, it went on a veritable “jihad” against Bannon, based on nothing but completely unprovable allegations.


(6) The repeated, false public claims made by HuffPost and AOL (its parent company) about its “nonpartisan” journalistic standards and practices

The documentation on this page demonstrates the fact that HuffPost is a radical leftist, hyper-partisan, incitement-based propaganda website.

Yet since it debuted in 2005, HuffPost’s senior management has repeatedly told the public — and presumably, prospective advertisers — that it is a completely nonpartisan, professional news organization:

  • “The Huffington Post has in place rigorous editorial policies and standards… to ensure that we maintain the highest level of journalistic integrity.”
  • “What we’re doing is two things. We do news. I don’t believe news is left wing or right wing. And then we do the group blog, which is going to be a dialogue from all viewpoints.”
  • “If you’re looking for the usual flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric, don’t bother coming to the Huffington Post.”
  • “[T]oo many reporters have forgotten that the highest calling of journalists is to ferret out the truth, consequences be damned.”
  • “[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’.”

See the sources of these and many similar quotes at:

HuffPost’s repeated public claims of nonpartisan journalistic principles

And, when one clicks on the “Advertise” link at the bottom of the page at HuffPost, it takes the user to a page in which AOL (HuffPost’s parent company) claims corporations should advertise at HuffPost, in part because:

“The Huffington Post covers the world’s stories from every viewpoint.”

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The facts on this page reveal the truth about these statements.

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