by Jon Sutz, Editor, SaveTheWest.com
- A speaker affiliated with a group that is funded by Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education, pointed out that dictators insist on having absolute control over education
- HuffPost then falsely claimed that the speaker said Hitler was “good at reaching children” – when no one said that but HuffPost – thus implying that he and DeVos admire the murderous dictator
- The fact that HuffPost would perpetrate this fraud is extra notable, as it has been whitewashing and humanizing Hitler for many years — such as by claiming that he was less evil than President Bush, because at least Hitler thought he was doing good things, and claiming that he was a secret fan of Mickey Mouse
- January 30 updates – HuffPost publicizes claims that Trump resembles, or intends to emulate Hitler
HuffPost’s false attack on Betsy DeVos
On January 25, 2017, HuffPost ran this “news” story near the top of its front page:
As a reminder, Betsy DeVos is the nominee for Secretary of Education. She is an accomplished educational reformer and major donor to efforts that support instructional excellence, and to teach children about the virtues of freedom.
So did anyone whom DeVos supports actually praise Hitler for having been “good at reaching children”? Of course not. Here is the key excerpt from this “news” article:
“Speaker At Group Supported By Betsy DeVos Says Hitler Was Good At Reaching Children,” by Rebecca Klein, Education Editor, The Huffington Post, January 25, 2017. Excerpt:
“A conservative Christian group with ties to Donald Trump [Secretary of Education nominee] Betsy DeVos once released a promotional video that proudly featured a speaker describing how Adolf Hitler and others indoctrinated children. […] “Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Lenin: They knew one thing, that to change a culture, to change a country, they had to reach the children,” he says.”
Hitler, Stalin and Lenin – in their own (actual) words
Is anything in that quote untrue? Of course not. It is backed up by mountains of historical evidence, and these murderous dictators’ own words, regarding the vital importance they placed on establishing absolute control over schools, as a means of molding children to serve their aims (all of which were socialist in nature). And together, they murdered an estimated 94 million people in the 20th century. Here are just a few of these monsters’ quotes:
“Each activity and each need of the individual will thereby be regulated by the party as the representative of the general good. There will be no license, no free space, in which the individual belongs to himself. This is Socialism — not such trifles as the private possession of the means of production. Of what importance is that if I range men firmly within a discipline they cannot escape?“
– Adolf Hitler (11 million murdered)
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
– Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda
“Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik [socialist] forever.”
– Vladmir Lenin (3-10 million murdered)
“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”
– Joseph Stalin (6 million murdered)
“Ideological education is the key link to be grasped in uniting the whole Party for great political struggles. Unless this is done, the Party cannot accomplish any of its political tasks.”
– Mao Tse Tung (60 million murdered)
See the sources of these and similar quotes, and authoritative links to their murder counts, at:
Quotes: World’s worst mass-murderers on the vital importance of controlling a nation’s educational system
Why would HuffPost allow this lie to be perpetrated on its front page?
So why would HuffPost’s “journalist” allege that because a speaker from a group that DeVos supports, who pointed out these irrefutable facts, he (and by default, she) was praising Hitler for being “good at reaching children”? And why would her editors clear it for positioning, near the top of its front page?
It was a lie — a provable lie. Yet this is what passes for “journalism” at HuffPost. In contrast to the emphatic public statements by its senior executives’, such as:
“The Huffington Post has in place rigorous editorial policies and standards… to ensure that we maintain the highest level of journalistic integrity.”
John Montorio, Executive Features Editor
Katie Nelson, National Editor
Danny Shea, Executive Producer, Special Projects
Whitney Snyder, Executive News Editor
See the source of this and many similar quotes here.
In reality, as HuffPost and its “journalist” knows (or should know), the children whom it alleges Hitler, Stalin and Lenin were “good at reaching” had no choice in the matter. They were viewed as property of the state, to be molded as these dictators and their regimes determined would advance the interests of the state. Dissent was savagely stamped out. And in Hitler’s case, what started off as socialist-statist, anti-Semitic indoctrination, ended up in mass militarization of Germany’s children — all through schools that existed only under his iron-fisted control:
Listen to the testimonies of the children who were indoctrinated by Hitler here.
Put in modern terms, using the exact same “journalistic” approach, HuffPost could also publish a headline that implicitly claims a counter-jihad educator tacitly admires ISIS because it is “good at reaching children” whom it has captured from other Muslims, and Christians, and Yazidis, and is indoctrinating in its murderous ideology.
They are “good at reaching” these children, because if any one of them resists their instructions, or commits any breach of its ideology — such as this 7-year-old boy who cursed during a game — they are executed.
The grim irony of HuffPost falsely using Hitler to smear DeVos, given that it regularly whitewashes and humanizes him
HuffPost claims it has nearly 130 million readers per month, making it “the largest news site in the U.S.” One traffic analysis site claims that with its fifteen international editions, HuffPost is now the #1 most-popular political website in the world. It is owned by AOL, which in turn is owned by Verizon.
How grimly ironic, then, that HuffPost has consistently used its reach and influence to whitewash Adolf Hitler, one of history’s most murderous tyrants. Some examples of this phenomenon:
HuffPost: Hitler was less evil than President Bush, because at least Hitler “meant well… by eliminating Jews”
At Least They Didn’t Mean Well, by Peter Mehlman, The Huffington Post, June 20, 2007. Excerpt:
So now we’re six and a half years into Bush and everyone from Helen Thomas on down is declaring him the worst president ever. What no one is saying is the one overarching reason he’s the worst: the Bush administration is the first that doesn’t even mean well. […]
You could argue that even the world’s worst fascist dictators at least meant well. They honestly thought were doing good things for their countries by suppressing blacks/eliminating Jews/eradicating free enterprise/repressing individual thought/killing off rivals/invading neighbors, etc.
Even though HuffPost was called out by numerous websites for this outrageous article, it is still published on the site, ten years later.
HuffPost: Hitler secretly liked Mickey Mouse
HuffPost featured this “news” story on its front page:
6 Brutal Leaders And Their Ridiculous Secret Hobbies, The Huffington Post, November 14, 2010. Excerpt:
Everybody needs a hobby, but people find release in many surprising ways. A mechanic might unwind by knitting, a ballet dancer might take up boxing. But what do you do to unwind after, say, a long day at the genocide factory? Just ask these guys…
And this article is still published at HuffPost, seven years later.
HuffPost featured a week-long pictorial of Hitler’s “private moments” with Eva Braun — while at the same time, dehumanized a Jewish family that had been slaughtered by a Palestinian terrorist
On March 9, 2011, HuffPost published near the top of its front page this “news” story, which it left there for at least seven straight days:
PHOTOS: Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler’s Private Moments
Some may find HuffPost’s decision to shower such sustained, top-level, “humanizing” attention to Hitler’s “private moments,” to be shocking. This, however, pales in comparison to the fact that during the seven days it left this story on its front page, HuffPost was knowingly suppressing, whitewashing and dehumanizing a family of Jews who had just been slaughtered by murderous anti-Semites.
At the same time: HuffPost dehumanized a Jewish family that had been slaughtered by an anti-Semitic terrorist
On March 11, 2011 — two days after HuffPost’s tribute to Hitler’s “private moments” began — two Palestinian terrorists savagely murdered the Fogel family, in Israel. The terrorists slashed all of their throats, including 3-month-old Hadas’s.
As one HuffPost watchdog website documented, rather than putting this story on its front page, HuffPost waited a full day to provide any coverage of it — then only posted a Reuters wire story, which featured no pictures of the Fogels, and buried it on a secondary page, behind a picture of a Jeep:
HuffPost then removed the story less than twenty-four hours later, and never put up another one — all the while, keeping its tribute to Hitler’s “private moments” with Eva Braun prominently featured on its front page, until at least March 15 — seven straight days.
Further, as another HuffPost watchdog site noted, it also never published a story that revealed the fact that one of the Palestinian terrorists publicly expressed his pride at having done it:
Palestinian baby killer: Proud of what I did; Amjad Awad said he has no regrets over butchering five members of Fogel family in Itamar, even if it means he’ll get death sentence, by Ahiya Raved, YNete.com, June 5, 2011. Excerpt:
“I’m proud of what I did,” so declared Amjad Mahmad Awad, 19, on Sunday just moments before an indictment against him and his partner Hakim Awad was filed before the Judea and Samaria Sector Military Court, over the murders of five members of the Fogel family two and a half months ago.“I don’t regret what I did, even if it means I’m sentenced to death,” Amjad said ahead of the indictment hearing.
In fact, HuffPost’s own search engine proves it never published the murderer’s name. A January 27, 2017 search using the string “Amjad Mahmad Awad“ returns zero results. Which stands in stark contrast to the fact that:
- HuffPost routinely puts stories on its front page about “Jewish extremists” who are merely suspected of attacking Palestinians.
- When a Russian punk band, “Pussy Riot,” was arrested for barging into a Russian orthodox church, during services, and singing a protest song, at one point HuffPost had nine separate, sympathetic stories on its World page about their plight, depicting them as “victims.”
HuffPost also gave no coverage to the fact that Palestinians had been photographed handing out candies in “celebration” of the Fogels’ murders:
Further, as shown in SaveTheWest.com’s recent documentary, when Palestinians — including terrorists — are killed, HuffPost rushes personalized, graphic, sympathetic stories of them to its front page, while at the same time, ignoring and dehumanizing Jews who are murdered by Palestinians:
“The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada”
UPDATE: January 30
The above report was published on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since then, HuffPost has published several items that only further indicate the depths to which it will sink to whitewash Hitler, and his murder of six million Jews.
On Sunday, January 29, HuffPost published the following two articles near the top of its front page:
A Tremendous Roundup Of Street Art Ridiculing Donald Trump
The below “news” article was based entirely on one Muslim’s statement, of her fears that Trump is going to do to Muslims what Hitler did to Jews:
‘Is This Our Version Of The Holocaust That’s About To Start?’
And we were also alerted to this article, which appeared on December 26, 2016, on HuffPost’s front page, that explicitly compares those who voted for Trump to those who supported Adolf Hitler:
What Those Who Studied Nazis Can Teach Us About The Strange Reaction To Donald Trump; While it’s important to watch the president-elect closely, we also must be mindful of our own response to him, by Shawn Hamilton, The Huffington Post, December 19, 2016. Excerpt:
People rejected the uglier aspects of Nazism but gave ground in ways that ultimately made it successful. They conceded premises to faulty arguments. They rejected the “facts” of propaganda, but not the impressions of it. The new paradigm of authoritarianism was so disorienting that they simply could not see it for what it was, let alone confront it. […]
Before there were the camps and murders ― and the euphemisms to hide all of the camps and all of the murders ― there was this feel-good lie that should have been dismissed ― along with the people telling it, from the beginning.
In today’s United States, the suggestion that illegal immigration is the cause of the economic struggles of working-class whites is an American Dolchstoss. Mechanization, globalization and the decline of unions have affected working-class whites to a far greater extent than illegal immigration ― or immigration of any kind. And this is not an obscure fact or liberal talking point. Yet many who supposedly reject Trump’s scapegoating of illegal immigrants seem willing to concede it. […]
We should not waste our time or imaginations trying to reconfigure Trumpism to explain why all of the “good people” supported him. It is more important to see it for what it is and resist. Hopefully, they will join us. If not, it will not be necessary to call them names, they will have named themselves.
Recall that HuffPost established an absolute prohibition of “hate speech,” “inflammatory claims” and “conspiracy theories”:
“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
“[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
See more of HuffPost management’s public claims that it is an absolutely nonpartisan, professional news organization here.
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