Regarding the tense situation in Israel and the Middle East, I received an important message this morning from the folks at Huff-Watch who keep a watchful and corrective eye on the folks at The Huffington Post. The subject: His latest post, “HuffPost video “news” host pushes Hamas lies, ignores savage reality of Hamas”:
In my first major report (2010) on HuffPost’s bias and incitement of hate against Israel, “The Stimulus And The (Approved) Response: Anti-Semitism and Israel-Hatred on Huffington Post,” I documented how it was effectively acting as a PR tool and propaganda arm for Hamas – and that it knowingly violates its own “rules” in order to facilitate the outpouring of Nazi-like hate against Jews, from commenters. A major focus of that report was on HuffPost’s coverage of Operation Cast Lead, which made clear its pro-Hamas, anti-Israel bias. Back then, however, HuffPost was only a top-ten U.S. “news” site.
With the election of President Obama, since early 2009 HuffPost’s “journalists” began being welcomed all over Capitol Hill, and enjoy direct, preferred access to the White House. It now boasts a blogging stable including many top figures of the Democrat party, and governments around the world. Less well-known is that as of early 2011, nearly 10,000 unique visitors a day arrived from the three largest incubators of Islamist terror: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt, presumably in part because, as even Abe Foxman (a HuffPost blogger) noted, the comments that HuffPost publishes in response to his articles are “dripping” with anti-Semitism. Since then, I have been documenting HuffPost’s escalating incitement and tolerance of hate against Israel and Jews — and how it ignores, whitewashes or downplays militant Islamists’ threats, acts and statements against Israelis and Jews.
In the past year, HuffPost’s reach and influence have dramatically escalated: it is now the #1 most-read online “newspaper” in the world. Most recently, it launched a video “news” venture, HuffPost “Live.” One of its “host-producers” is Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, a former producer for Al Jazeera, and (surprise!) an ardent pro-Islamist, anti-Israel propagandist, as other online publications have documented (Algemeiner; HuffPostMonitor).
My latest report, “HuffPost video “news” host pushes Hamas lies, ignores savage reality of Hamas,” documents how it is now applying the exact same incitement and bias against Israel – but in the world of video – a far more compelling and dynamic medium. Highlights:
• In recent days, Shihab-Eldin has claimed that the only parties in the Middle East that live in justifiable fear are (a) Iran, and (b) the Palestinians, and that Israeli is “terrorizing” what he refers to as the “Occupied Gaza Strip.”
• Both HuffPost and HuffPostLive published not a single story on the front page or World page about the hundreds of rockets, missiles and mortars that Hamas fired into Israel from Nov. 10-14.
• The first story to appear on either page concerning the situation in Israel was Netanyahu’s threat to begin targeted assassinations – which HuffPost defined as against “Gazans” (not Hamas officials and installations).
• Since then, HuffPost and HuffPostLive have consistently published material framed to assail and incite hate against Israel – but not a single piece that reveals Hamas’s fake injury/death videos and photos, or its threat to resume suicide bombings in Israeli cafes and bus stations.
I ask that you please give this report your urgent attention, and if you feel it is merited, to help publicize the reality of how HuffPost is advancing the cyber-jihad against Israel and Jews with an unrivaled level of influence and reach:
Good points, all!
Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.