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The Full Report on HuffPost’s Anti-Semitism

Posted on January 19 2010 6:17 pm
David Swindle is the Managing Editor of NewsReal Blog and the Associate Editor of FrontPage Magazine. Follow him on Twitter here
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We recently ran an important report at FrontPage about Anti-Semitism at the Huffington Post: (“HuffPost”) was recently named “the most powerful blog in the world” by The Guardian (UK). The publisher of the Washington Post said her paper “could learn” from HuffPost (which recently surpassed the Post in user traffic). Time recently called HuffPost the second-best blog of 2009.

With 9.5 million visitors per month, top members of Congress and the entertainment industry as “bloggers” (official article writers), access to presidential press conferences, and advertising from the world’s largest corporations, HuffPost — which defines itself as “The Internet Newspaper” has unquestionably become a factor in American politics and culture.

At HuffPost’s debut in May 2005, Arianna Huffington, the site’s co-founder and Editor-In-Chief, claimed that her site would operate according to a higher standard than its competitors:

“If you’re looking for the usual flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric… don’t bother coming to the Huffington Post.”
Over the past several years, however, numerous critics have alleged that HuffPost bloggers harbor an anti-Israel bias (1, 2), and that the site tolerates user comments containing incendiary anti-Semitism (1, 2, 3).Two noted HuffPost bloggers also have weighed in on this issue:
  • In October 2007, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz accused HuffPost of censoring his articles “because they conflicted with its hard-left editorial line on Israel,” a charge that it denied.

  • In June 2009, Columbia professor Lincoln Mitchell claimed that on nearly every HuffPost news story concerning international issues (regardless of the topic), he and his friends find that it usually takes no more than ten comments before users are finding a way to blame Jews.
In April 2009, media watchdog CAMERA produced a report that documented both HuffPost’s bias in the way it presents news stories concerning Israel, and the hateful user comments that appear on the associated threads.With the exception of its brief denial of Dershowitz’s allegation, HuffPost has not responded to any of these critics.

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