Introduction: HuffPost’s extreme bias in reporting hate crimes and incidents, based on the race, religion or political orientation of the victim

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Continued from The Huffington Post: Ground Zero of the Alt-Left’s Hate Speech, Incitement, Racism and Anti-Semitism


by Jon Sutz, Editor, SaveTheWest


Contents

(1) Introduction

(1.1) Our working definition of a hate crime

(1.2) HuffPost’s segregation of people into two castes, in regards to hate crimes

(2) HuffPost consistently gives top, sympathetic coverage to allegations of hate crimes and hate incidents against people within its Favored Groups

(3) HuffPost’s active and passive efforts to legitimize fake hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups

(4) HuffPost consistently ignores actual hate crimes and incidents against people whom it considers Worthless

(5) HuffPost consistently incites hate (and on occasion, violence) against people whom it considers Worthless

(6) HuffPost’s publicly-stated standards and practices


(1) Introduction

SaveTheWest has three basic beliefs regarding hate crimes:

(1) No one should be the victim of a hate crime.  Even one hate crime is too many.

(2) Anyone who is accused of committing a hate crime should be investigated fully and objectively, based on a presumption of innocence — but if found guilty, sentenced to the severest side of what the law allows.

(3) Any news organization that chooses to report on hate crimes should investigate and report on them according to one, objective standard, regardless of who is accused of perpetrating them, and who are the alleged victims.


(1.1) Our working definition of a hate crime

What is a “hate crime”? The FBI defines it as:

“A criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.”

While hate speech does not always lead to hate crimes, hate crimes are almost invariably preceded by widely-distributed hate speech. Two historical examples from the early 20th century illustrate what can happen when hate speech becomes spread so extensively, and its victims so thoroughly dehumanized and vilified, that it leads directly to hate crimes:

  • Black Americans being harassed, discriminated against and physically attacked in the South
  • The Holocaust, in which one-third of the world’s 18 million Jews were murdered

Black Americans being lynched in the deep South, circa 1935.

Note that these crimes were almost invariably perpetrated not because any of the victims had done anything wrong, but merely because of the individual’s appearance, mannerisms, or membership (or suspected membership) in the targeted group.

Similarly, this report documents the fact that since January 2016, there have been more than 140 hate crimes perpetrated on American soil against people in the following groups:

  • People who hold — or are presumed to hold — right-of-center political views
  • White people
  • American police officers
  • American soldiers

The dividing line between defining these acts as mere “crimes,” and “hate crimes,” is that the victims in these incidents were attacked because of:

  • Who the victims were perceived to be (eg: suspected Trump supporters)
  • Where they happened to be at the moment (in proximity to a conservative demonstration)
  • Because of the uniform they were wearing (as in the case of America police officers and soldiers)

SaveTheWest contends that while the FBI’s current definition of a hate crime is a good starting point, given recent events, particularly regarding HuffPost’s “jihad” of hate speech and incitement against those in the above groups, two more identity groups should be added to it:

  • Political orientation
  • Occupation

Thus, our working definition of a “hate crime” would be articulated as:

“A criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, political orientation or occupation.”.


(1.2) HuffPost’s segregation of people into two castes, in regards to hate crimes

This revised definition is vital to understanding HuffPost’s establishment of a silent, but de facto policy of dividing people into two distinct castes, or groups, and deciding whether or not to report on alleged hate crimes against them, based not on the evidence, but rather, in which group the victim belongs:

Favored Groups: Democrats, leftists (including leftist terrorists), left-leaning African-, Hispanic- and Muslim-Americans (including Islamist terrorists), and illegal aliens

Worthless Groups: Republicans, conservatives, active-duty and retired U.S. military and law enforcement personnel (and even the animals in their care), white people, President Trump and his family, presidential electors, any entertainer who intended to perform for Trump’s inauguration, Jews (especially Israelis), and right-leaning African-, Hispanic- and Muslim-Americans


(2) HuffPost consistently gives top, sympathetic coverage to allegations of hate crimes and hate incidents against people within its Favored Groups

Please see this page for complete details:

Examples of HuffPost giving top coverage to alleged hate crimes against people in favored groups

In summary:

  • HuffPost consistently provides sympathetic, personalized, pictorial coverage to allegations of hate crimes and incidents against people in its Favored Groups on its front page, even when it knows there is no evidence to support the allegations.  By “personalized,” we mean that the alleged victims were named, and in many cases HuffPost reached out to them, to enable them to tell their stories to the world.
  • HuffPost engages in this behavior even though it knows, or should know, that there have been dozens and dozens of fake hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups in recent years, primarily Muslims and black Americans.  SaveTheWest documented 53 of these fake hate crimes here.  Yet HuffPost has never, to our knowledge, posted a story on its front page that revealed any fake hate crimes — thus perpetuating the false perception that hate crimes against its Favored Groups is rampant in America.
  • Even though there are similar numbers of Jews and Muslims in America, Jews are three to five times more likely to be victims of hate crimes than Muslims.  Yet HuffPost constructed and heavily promotes a sub-site that is completely dedicated to tracking “Islamophobic incidents,” which it defines as anything from alleged violence to unkind words.  HuffPost then publishes many of these allegations on its front page, even if it has no idea whether the allegations are true or not.  It has not constructed a similar site to track the far-more prevalent phenomenon of hate crimes against Jews, perhaps because many are documented to be perpetrated by two of its Favored Groups: radical Islamists and radical leftists.


(3) HuffPost’s active and passive efforts to legitimize fake hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups

If one only got their got their news from HuffPost’s front page from mid-2015 through today, they would believe that America is endemically racist, Islamophobic, bigoted and violent, and that all hate crimes are perpetrated against people in its Favored Groups.  The following page contains (x) examples of HuffPost giving coverage on its front page to allegations of hate crimes and

The reality, as HuffPost knows, or should have known, is the exact opposite:

(1) Since late 2015, many if not most of the alleged hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups were soon confirmed to be fakes, either having never taken place, or which were perpetrated by the alleged victim(s).  This should have caused HuffPost to exercise special, additional safeguards before rushing such items to its front page, and depicting them as having actually taken place, instead of as mere allegations.  Instead, HuffPost did the exact opposite.  See our detailed analysis of more than 50 case studies here:

Fake hate crimes roster

(2) HuffPost actively propagated and legitimized a number of these fake hate crimes.  It often did this by taking proof-less allegations of horrific hate crimes, writing original, sympathetic stories about them (as opposed to merely publishing wire service stories), then rushing these stories to its front page, replete with shock headlines.  Then, after these hate crimes were revealed as fakes, sometimes in as little as 24 hours, it took the stories down off its front page, and updated (or replaced) the copy on the story pages, but never posted new headlines on its front page to indicate to readers that they had been misled. See sixteen detailed case studies here:

Examples of HuffPost’s efforts to legitimize fake hate crimes against people in its Favored Groups

Specifically:

Examples of HuffPost legitimizing fake hate crimes against Muslims (10 case studies)

Examples of HuffPost legitimizing fake hate crimes against black Americans (3 case studies)

Examples of HuffPost legitimizing fake hate crimes against others in its Favored Groups (3 case studies)

(3) HuffPost has completely ignored authoritative reports that show that contrary to its allegations, there has been no spike in hate crimes against its favored groups.  Two of these reports were produced soon after the 2016 election by the legendary Reason.com, which HuffPost regularly cites when it serves its interests:

There Is No Violent Hate-Crimewave in ‘Trump’s America’: Please stop spreading unsubstantiated stories of Trump-induced terror, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason.com, November 11, 2016.

Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole: A reality check for all sides, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason.com, November 18, 2016.

Another report that came out several weeks later, from Forbes, affirmed the lies that were being peddled about a spike in hate crimes against those in HuffPost’s favored groups:

Are There Really More Hate Crimes At Schools Following Donald Trump’s Election?, by Maureen Sullivan, Forbes, November 29, 2016.

Yet as HuffPost’s own search engine proves, it has published none of the above reports, nor cited them in any way.


(4) HuffPost consistently ignores actual hate crimes and incidents against people whom it considers Worthless

In contrast to how HuffPost consistently gives top coverage to allegations of hate crimes against people in its favored groups, even when it should have suspected that they are fakes, it just as consistently ignores actual hate crimes and incidents against people in groups it considers Worthless.  The following pages contain more than 200 detailed case studies that SaveTheWest has documented:

Examples of HuffPost ignoring hate crimes against people it views as Worthless (147 case studies)

Examples of HuffPost ignoring anti-Semitic hate incidents in America in 2016-2017 (59 case studies)

Examples of HuffPost ignoring anti-Semitic hate incidents in America in 2014-2015 (19 case studies)

To add insult to injury, in many of these more than 200 incidents, instead of giving any publicity to these hate crimes and incidents, in the hours and days afterward HuffPost gave front-page coverage to sympathetic “news” stories about animals, sad celebrities, terrorists, convicted murderers, and others.  We’ve assembled a special resource page to chronicle some of these incidents here:

For whom does HuffPost weep?


(5) HuffPost consistently incites hate (and on occasion, violence) against people and organizations that it considers Worthless

As if all the above weren’t bad enough, SaveTheWest has constructed several hundred detailed case studies of incidents in which HuffPost incites hate — and even violence — against people in groups that it considers worthless.

Specifically regarding HuffPost’s incitement of hatred, this takes the form of its giving top publicity to”

(a) “News” stories that made what it knows, or should know are false or egregiously decontextualized allegations against said people or organizations

(b) Editorials that are designed to smear these targets, often on a highly personal and inflammatory basis.

HuffPost’s dominant, often-daily targets for incitement of hatred are: conservatives, President Trump and his supporters, white people and right-leaning organizations, as documented in this short (4-minute) SaveTheWest video, released in July 2017:

HuffPost also engages in a consistent pattern of inciting racial hatred, almost exclusively against white people — both in the U.S. and around the world.  In fact, the executive editor of its South Africa edition engaged in such egregious racist bias and incitement that the company that co-owns it reportedly forced her to resign.  Here 32 detailed case studies about this phenomenon:

Examples of HuffPost inciting racial hatred (32 case studies)

On a less frequent but regular basis, HuffPost also incites hatred against American soldiers, police officers, Jews and Israel.  See 52 documented case studies in the following pages:

Examples of HuffPost inciting hatred against U.S. soldiers — and their families (21 case studies)

Examples of HuffPost inciting hatred against police officers (19 case studies)

Examples of HuffPost’s incitement of hatred against Jews and Israel (12 case studies)

In regards to HuffPost’s incitement and legitimization of violence, particularly against those whom it considers Worthless — up to and including murdering them, see:

Examples of HuffPost’s incitement and legitimization of violence (8 case studies)


(6) HuffPost’s publicly-stated content standards and practices

After considering all the above, it is worthwhile to consider how HuffPost’s acts and omissions contrast to is senior executives’ repeated claims to the public (and presumably, its prospective advertisers) that it is a completely nonpartisan, professional news organization, that does not engage in or allow any kind of hate speech, incitement, etc.:

“If you’re looking for the usual flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric, don’t bother coming to the Huffington Post.”

– Arianna Huffington interview with Newsweek

“[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

“[W]e believe strongly that the Huffington Post Community should be a safe and welcoming space for all individuals, groups and their ideas. As such, any rudeness, insults, hate, hostility, or negativity may be removed… [W]e are dedicated to maintaining a respectful, engaging and informative conversation.”

– HuffPost comment policy

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