SaveTheWest’s Debunking of The HuffPost’s Domestic Terrorism Report

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September 2017

A special report by Jon Sutz


Contents

(1) Executive summary

(2) Overview of HuffPost’s report

(3) Initial evidence to suspect that HuffPost’s report is not credible

(4) SaveTheWest.com’s key research into this matter with the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database

(5) The key findings of our research

(6) Conclusion

(7) REFERENCE 1: How we constructed our data set

(8) REFERENCE 2: Our data set from the UMD-GTD, modified as indicated in 7


(1) Executive summary

On June 23, 2017, the Huffington Post (“HuffPost”) published on its front page a report with the headline, “Most of America’s Terrorists Are White, and Not Muslim; Right-wing terror is real, and it’s a problem.” The following is a screencap from HuffPost’s front page:

HuffPost left this report on its front page for nineteen straight days, until July 11, 2017.

In summary, HuffPost’s report claims:

  • White right-wing extremists perpetrated nearly twice as many terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 2008-2016 as Muslim extremists (121 incidents vs. 63)
  • Left-wing terror (19 incidents) is comparatively non-existent.

SaveTheWest conducted a thorough analysis of HuffPost’s claims, and found them to be demonstrably false, or at best, egregiously decontextualized. The reality is that:

  • 67% of domestic terrorism during the past eight years has been perpetrated by Islamists (35) and leftists (45) – not white right-wingers (39).
  • Since the 9/11 attacks, Islamist terrorists have killed almost twice as many Americans as white right-wingers (95 to 51).
  • While there are 60 times more white, non-Hispanic people than Muslims in America,
  • Muslims are, proportionally, 54 times more likely to perpetrate terrorist attacks on American soil.
  • Sunni Muslims are, proportionally, four times more likely to perpetrate terrorist attacks on American soil than white right-wingers.

This incident follows another in 2016, in which Arianna Huffington promoted a HuffPost report, entitled “Muslims Are Not Terrorists,” despite the fact that its own data shows that during the period it cited, 94% of terror deaths were due to Muslim terrorism (details here and here).

The purpose of this SaveTheWest.com special report is to provide general audiences with a clear, verifiable means by which to validate that (a) Our allegations are accurate, and in correct context; and (b) These are not isolated incidents; they are part of HuffPost’s long-term effort to deceive its readers about terrorism, religious, racial and law enforcement issues.

This report was researched, written and designed by Jon Sutz, under the supervision of SaveTheWest.com founder and president Kenneth Abramowitz. Questions and corrections should be submitted to info@savethewest.com.


 

 

 

(2) Overview of HuffPost and its report

HuffPost is one of the world’s most-read news websites, with a reported 200 million unique monthly readers among its sixteen international editions. For years, HuffPost’s senior executives have repeatedly insisted that it is a completely nonpartisan, professional news organization, that upholds “only the highest standards of journalistic integrity.”

SaveTheWest.com has been at the forefront of debunking these claims, and showing how “the Internet newspaper” has been engaged in a relentless effort to whitewash, and in some cases, even legitimize Islamist terror, while vilifying, ignoring or dehumanizing those against whom it is perpetrated.

In 2016 alone, we produced two documentary videos (1, 2) about this phenomenon, and a comprehensive report on how HuffPost used lies, deception, bias and anti-Semitic incite-ment to act as a PR tool for Iran, and help secure passage of the 2015 nuclear deal.

In all of those cases, however, we focused on “news” stories and editorials that appeared on HuffPost’s front page, either momentarily, or for several days in a row, usually 3-5 days.

What made this report, on domestic terrorism, so different

HuffPost positioned this report on its front page for nineteen straight days – from June 23 through July 11, 2017. Specifically, in the report, HuffPost makes the following claims:

              • The reality is the most significant domestic terror threat we have is right-wing extremism.
              • Far-right extremists are behind far more plots and attacks than Islamist extremists.”
              • There were almost twice as many terrorist incidents by right-wing extremists as by Islamist extremists in the U.S. from 2008 to 2016.”
              • “Looking at both plots and attacks carried out, the group tracked 201 terrorist incidents on U.S. soil from January 2008 to the end of 2016. The database shows 115 cases by right-wing extremists ― from white supremacists to militias to “sovereign citizens” – compared to 63 cases by Islamist extremists. Incidents from left-wing extremists, which include ecoterrorists and animal rights militants, were comparatively rare, with 19 incidents.”
              • Attacks by right-wing extremists were also more often deadly, with nearly a third of right-wing extremist incidents resulting in deaths compared with 13 percent of Islamist extremist cases resulting in deaths.”
              • When it comes to right-wing extremism, attackers are also ‘mostly men’ and ‘almost purely white.’”

Through these shocking allegations, and the unprecedented number of days that Huff-Post left the story on its front page, it was apparently:

              • Intent on turning conventional wisdom regarding the primary sources of domestic terrorism on its head.
              • Assuming that through its shock claims, and the infographics that accompanied its report, which were shared heavily on social media, few if any people would dare to look beneath the surface, to examine the underlying data and determine whether its report was credible or not.

As we’re about to see, however, the reality is far different than what HuffPost claims – and that this was no mistake.

(3) Initial reasons to suspect that HuffPost’s report is not credible

A casual skimming of HuffPost’s report gives the informed reader solid reasons to question its credibility.

(3.1) HuffPost chose to visually depict a Bernie Sanders supporter, who apparently suffers from some kind of mental illness, as its featured image to depict “white right-wing terrorism”

(3.2) Reasonable suspicion of left-wing bias by the producers of the underlying report

(3.3) A smokescreen of supporting links, some of which lead to useful data, and some

(3.4) HuffPost’s long history of employing lies, half-truths and egregious distortions to deceive its readers

(3.1) HuffPost chose to visually depict a Bernie Sanders supporter, who apparently suffers from some kind of mental illness, as its featured image to depict “white right-wing terrorism”

In social media, the term “featured image” means the picture or graphic that the author of a blog article or story chooses to technically associate with it. Similar to a printed newspaper headline image, this image will be displayed wherever the link to the article is posted, on social media.

To informed observers, the first hint that HuffPost’s report was not credible is the featured image it chose to associate with and promote the report, on its own site and throughout social media: Jeremy Joseph Christian. For example, the screencap below was taken on July 2, 2017 – the tenth straight day that HuffPost featured this report on its front page:

While Christian is clearly white, and he earned notoriety for murdering two men who were attempting to defend several Muslim women on a Portland train from his anti-Islam verbal insults, here are some of the known facts that HuffPost did not mention about him:

              • According to a profile in The Oregonian on May 30, “Bernie Sanders was the President I wanted,” wrote Christian in December. “He voiced my heart and mind.” Then, however, he switched to Trump: “Trump is who America needs now that Bernie got ripped off.” After the election, however, he posted that he voted for neither Trump nor Clinton: “I’ve had it!!! I gonna kill everybody who voted for Trump or Hillary!!!”
              • He held a hodgepodge of clashing beliefs: According to a report in Town Hall, “It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who expressly denies that he’s a “racist,” going so far as to mention that he has non-white family members and threatening to “knock out” anyone who would dare to call him a “racist.” It’s a strange sort of “white supremacist” who explicitly expresses unqualified “solidarity” with American Indians at Standing Rock and equally unqualified opposition to the Dakota access pipeline.”
              • The day before the murders, made a video in which he shouted, “F**k Christians, f**k Jews, f**k Muslims!”
              • He was kicked out of a Trump rally, by attendees, on video, who also reported him to the police.

The above was all reported in late May – nearly a month before HuffPost decided to use Christian as its “poster boy” for “white, right-wing terrorism.”

Further, the murders that he perpetrated were not premeditated acts of terrorism; he verbally lashed out on a momentary basis at two Muslim-appearing females, based on their presumed faith. While nothing diminishes the fact that he murdered two men, to classify him in the same league as the Islamist terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 terrorists is an insult to the 2,977 Americans who were murdered that day, and all those who have been murdered, maimed and left grieving after (actual) terrorist attacks.

(3.2) Reasonable suspicion of left-wing bias by the producers of the underlying report

In this case, many of the links in HuffPost’s report go back to the Nation Institute, a left-wing nonprofit, which is closely related to the extreme-left The Nation magazine, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, which obtains some of its funding from Soros organizations.

(3.3) A smokescreen of supporting links, some of which lead to useful data, and some not

To support these claims, HuffPost and the sources who constructed this underlying report (above) provide an array of links and infographics, but none lead back to a unified, authoritative, database that tracks terror incidents over 2008-2016, and which the average citizen can conveniently access, to determine whether these numbers are real. As in many of its other “reports,” HuffPost apparently assumed in this case that if the busy, casual but low-information reader sees that its major claims are linked to something else – anything – that he or she will assume that they are credible, and verifiable.

Specifically, while the source report claims to utilize data from more than a dozen data sources, it forces the reader to click on each of the links, as opposed to providing indications of specifically what these links enable the reader to see (eg a specific report title, etc.):

Some of the these links seemingly lead to reputable sources, such as the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), the world’s largest private database on terrorist groups, networks, motivations, and analysis, and one of the most respected in this realm. Yet rather than linking to a specific IPT report or body of reports, it only leads to the group’s home page (screencap here).

This is significant because the IPT was one of the first sources that we consulted, and upon taking a casual review of HuffPost’s report, was emphatic in claiming that the assertions it contained are not correct.

(3.4) HuffPost’s long history of employing lies, half-truths and egregious distortions to deceive its readers – particularly about the nature, prevalence and threat of Islamist extremism

All of those examples were merely surface indications that HuffPost was engaged in another one of its many notorious “journalistic” frauds, which utilize falsehoods, half-truths and egregious distortions to incite hatred against the U.S. military, American police officers, white people (particularly conservatives), and Israel and Jews.

To advance this objective, HuffPost also has a long, documented history of whitewash-ing and denying Islamist extremism, ranging from incitement to mass murder. For example:

              • While HuffPost champions those who stand up to homophobic Christian preachers, it completely ignored the fact that on two occasions in 2016, notor-ious, homophobic foreign imams were enabled to speak at Orlando mosques, including one which the cleric was videotaped claiming that devout Muslims must murder gays “out of compassion” – which occurred only two months before the Pulse nightclub massacre.
              • HuffPost ran a headline at the top of its front page that claimed, “Religion had nothing to do with” Omar Mateen murdering 49 gays at the Pulse nightclub – one day after the recordings of his calls to the FBI and 911 operators emerged, confirming that he was perpetrating the massacre because of his Muslim faith.
              • HuffPost whitewashed a proven front group for the terrorism-supporting mullahs in Iran, falsely claiming that they are merely nonpartisan “experts,” as part of its broader campaign to deceive Americans and the U.S. Senate into supporting the Iranian nuclear deal. SaveTheWest produced a major report about this incident: “The Rhodes To HuffPost: The Huffington Post’s use of lies, deception, bias and anti-Semitic incitement in order to help ‘sell’ the Iran deal.”
              • Also during the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, HuffPost consistently gave top positioning on its front page to deceptive, even anti-Semitic rants by a writer whom it depicted only as an “author” and “weapons inspector” – without informing its readers that he is a proven liar who had recently served time in prison for soliciting sex from underage girls on numerous occasions.
              • In July 2009, HuffPost helped whitewash the murderous Syrian dictator Basher Assad, by publishing a glowing fashion depiction of his wife as “news” — in which it called her an “all-natural beauty.” This was later discovered to be part of a paid Syrian PR campaign.
              • In March 2016, HuffPost downplayed, whitewashed and dehumanized the story of a beloved U.S. military veteran who had been murdered by a Palestinian terrorist – while at the same time, publishing original, sympathetic, pictorial stories on its front page about abused animals, ISIS terrorists, and sad celebri-ties. SaveTheWest produced a 17-minute documentary video about this incident: “HuffPost’s Dehumanization of Capt. Taylor Force.”
              • In 2007, Pew Research discovered that 26% of U.S. Muslims between ages 18-29 support suicide bombings against civilian targets, at least sometimes. HuffPost completely ignored this story.
              • In June 2016, HuffPost published a report entitled, “Muslims Are Not Terrorists,” which Arianna Huffington personally Tweeted to promote: A major Jewish watchdog group, CAMERA, and noted terror analyst Patrick Poole, however, showed that the data set cited by HuffPost actually showed that Muslims were responsible for 94% of all Americans killed during terrorist acts on U.S. soil, and 93% of injuries – and almost every terror act worldwide.
              • During the Third Intifada, the wave of Palestinian terrorism against Jews in Israel from September through December 2015, HuffPost repeatedly turned news events on their heads, in order to obfuscate between attackers and victims, and on numerous occasions, legitimized and even justified the terrorists’ false narratives. SaveTheWest produced a major (44 minute) documentary video about this incident: “The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada.”
              • In September 2010, HuffPost whitewashed and helped evoke worldwide sympathy for one of Al Qaeda’s top WMD-focused terrorists, in part by using the same propaganda pictures of her that her supporters were employing.
              • In January 2013, HuffPost posted a front-page story about the “the gentle face of Al Qaeda” — based on an egregious half-truth.
              • In 2009, HuffPost published a front-page story that claimed that Israeli soldiers murder Palestinians in order to “harvest their organs,” despite the fact that in its own “story,” the “journalist” who wrote it openly admitted that he had “no idea, no clue” if these allegations were true or not (they were proven untrue).
              • In November 2013, HuffPost published a front page headline that assailed the NSA for breaking into “activists’” computers, when in fact its own “story” page proved they were supporters and funders of Islamist terror, including Al Qaeda.
              • In 2010, HuffPost ran a front-page story that falsely claimed that “Israeli jets strike Gaza as leaders convene peace talks,” when it knew, or should have known, that Israel was responding to Hamas rocket fire.
              • In November 2015, after an American Jewish teenager from Boston, MA was murdered by Palestinian terrorists while visiting Israel, HuffPost rewrote the headline, provided by Reuters, of the one and only story it published about him, to remove the fact that Palestinians perpetrated the murder, and instead, claim he was killed in “Israel attacks,” as if the Jewish state perpetrated the crime.
              • In October 2015, a Palestinian terrorist drove his car up onto the curb of an Israeli street, then ran down a rabbi, Yerushalami Krishevsky, then got out of his car, and hacked the cleric to death with a meat cleaver. The entire incident was captured on surveillance video camera recording, and went viral on Jewish and Israel-supporting websites. HuffPost completely ignored Rabbi Krishevsky’s murder; instead, it posted “news” stories on its front page with titles such as, “What to eat and drink to help you poop.”

These are just some of the dozens of examples that SaveTheWest.com and several watch-dog sites have documented, regarding how HuffPost goes:

              • To whitewash the nature, scope and threat Islamist extremism
              • To do what amounts to free public relations for Islamist extremists and terrorists around the world
              • To ignore or even vilify the victims of Islamist extremism – and those in the military, law enforcement and intelligence communities, who try to stop them, and bring them to justice

 

 

 


Appendix: More incidents of radical leftist domestic terrorism — the vast majority of which HuffPost ignored

Houston man charged with trying to plant bomb at Confederate statue in Hermann Park, by Margaret Kadifa, Houston Chronicle, August 21, 2017. Excerpt:

Andrew Schneck, 25, who was released from probation early last year after being convicted in 2015 of storing explosives, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez said in a statement Monday.  Schneck was arrested Saturday night after a Houston park ranger spotted him kneeling in bushes in front of the Dowling monument in the park, Martinez said.

When confronted Saturday night in the park, he tried to drink some of the liquid explosives but spit it out, officials said.  The ranger then asked if he planned to harm the statute, and he said he did because he did not “like that guy,” according to a sworn statement submitted in federal court by an FBI agent investigating the case.

Federal authorities said one of the tubes contained nitgroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, HMTD, a “highly explosive compound” used as a primary explosive. Nitroclycerin, in its purest form, is a contact explosive.  “ln its undiluted form, [nitroglycerin] is one of the world’s most powerful explosives,” according to the statement.

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

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