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HuffPost romanticized and whitewashed a mob of hundreds of “activists” who invaded a residential Washington, DC neighborhood on a Sunday, to trespass on and protest at a bank executive’s home — terrorizing the victim’s’ teenage son — then published an incendiary, defamatory follow-up article, assailing a neighbor who complained
By sheer coincidence, HuffPost “journalist” Arthur Delaney just happened to be on the scene when bus after bus, containing 700 rioters invaded a quiet Washington, DC neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon in 2010, to protest at the home of a Bank of America executive. HuffPost painted a glowing, sympathetic portrayal of these “activists.”
Next-door neighbor Nina Easton, a journalist for Fortune magazine, however, wrote a slightly different version of what happened:
Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. […] Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him. […]
Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise, and it worked-even on the police. A trio of officers who belatedly answered our calls confessed a fear that arrests might “incite” these trespassers.
In reply, HuffPost published an incendiary, defamatory follow-up article, assailing Easton:
Nina Easton, Fortune Magazine Blogger, Panders to Rich Friends and Readers, by Richard Zombeck, HuffingtonPost.com. Excerpt:
Delaney, along with Shahien Nasiripour also of HuffPost, are among the few reporters covering this issue with accuracy and objectivity. […] I’d suggest to Nina Easton that she attempt a return to her journalistic roots and have a look at what’s going on outside of her posh neighborhood and insulated circle.
This, in turn, triggered the notorious Service Employees International Union and Soros-funded Media Matters to go ballistic on Easton, who replied with several TV appearances, including this one — which showed the “protest,” and a flat refutation of the lies that Media Matters “reported,” and HuffPost repeated, about her husband:
In the end, several facts are irrefutable:
- These 500-700 rioters and their “leaders” apparently committed two crimes: conspiring to trespass on private property, and actually trespassing, for the purpose of intimidating one person — and ended up terrorizing a child.
- HuffPost apparently knew of this intended trespass, but rather than depicting these rioters for what they were, it presented them in the most glowing terms, as victims. Even though anyone who has observed HuffPost over the past six years knows full well that had Tea Party activists or conservatives done this to any of its senior executives, they would have told a very different take on this.
- When called out for what they did, by an actual, veteran Fortune journalist, HuffPost turned its venom on her — thus running interference for the rioters.
The net result of these acts could only be to serve notice that anyone who acts out violently against a person or entity that HuffPost views as an enemy, will be treated with kid gloves, if not justified and romanticized.
And throughout 2016, HuffPost has repeatedly proven this to be the case, as documented in this report, in dozens of instances in which it ignored or whitewashed violent acts by anti-conservative, anti-Trump criminals — while showering graphic, front-page, sympathetic coverage on any unproven allegation of a “hate crime” against one of its favored groups.