SEE UPDATE AT END: Barely twelve hours after HuffPost decided to depict Sen. Rand Paul as a murderous warmonger, it backtracked when President Obama said effectively the same thing --- and as usual, made him look like a towering hero.
HuffPost might as well be letting ISIS write its headlines. Here's what it published as its splash headline on the evening of Sept. 3, 2014:
What, exactly, is the context for this pathetically decontextualized headline? There is none -- except that it claims Sen. Rand Paul wants to bomb someone, thus casting him into the role of a murderer -- just as HuffPost does to anyone (especially Israel) who advocates standing up to Islamist sociopaths.
The story page is here. Turns out HuffPost based the headline on a statement that Sen. Paul made to the AP, regarding ISIS:
"If I were president, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily."That's it? That's all that Sen. Paul said? So why didn't HuffPost just write a headline that reflected that reality? Because that would have meant deviating from its now-congenital whitewashing of, and propagandizing for Islamist murderers, including by painting the U.S. armed forces as a gang of murderers -- just as ISIS does, and which is explicitly stating as justification to behead U.S. journalists.
Lest we forget some of the myriad incidents of HuffPost's bias and incitement of hate against the U.S. military, on a false or grossly decontextualized basis -- which were documented in Huff-Watch's special report, "Want to 'give back' to U.S. soldiers, Arianna? Stop libeling and dishonoring them":
Huff-Watch has documented for years the fact that HuffPost is the most reliable, shameless online Western PR shill for Islamist terror groups including Hamas, Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab.
Now, apparently, HuffPost has apparently decided to add ISIS to its roster of unofficial "clients" -- and allow it to write its inflammatory, incitement-based headlines, to boot.
As if all this isn't disturbing enough, remember that it was none other than Arianna Huffington, HuffPost's Editor-In-Chief, who had the audacity to lecture Fox News against the use of "inflammatory claims" (emphasis added):
At HuffPost, there are guidelines that have to be followed -- and they include a prohibition on conspiracy theories or inflammatory claims. [...] For context, it's good to remember that Glenn Beck didn't come out of nowhere. He's the latest example of 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."Will anyone in a position of influence ever hold HuffPost to account?
-- Arianna Huffington, April 3, 2010
Who knows. But today, Dr. Phil announced he has formed an official partnership with HuffPost -- so perhaps he can help explain what is required, psychologically, for a self-proclaimed "nonpartisan" newspaper to abandon even the pretense of journalism, and decide to act as a shill for the most violent, malevolent monsters on the planet.
Sept 4, 2014 update, 11:30am: President Obama echoes Sen. Paul's stance on ISIS; HuffPost depicts him as conquering hero, after quietly removing its attack on Sen. Paul
Sometime between 10:30pm last night, and 11:30am today, HuffPost completely removed its inflammatory headline article against Sen. Paul, and replaced it with this:
The story page is here. So what did President Obama say, specifically, that caused this dramatic change?
"Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it's no longer a threat," President Barack Obama said Wednesday during a visit to Estonia, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State. He later headed to Wales for an annual meeting of leaders of the NATO military alliance. Separately, during an appearance in Maine, Vice President Joe Biden declared that the U.S. will pursue the militants to "the gates of hell."Wow! Just imagine what HuffPost would do to any non-letist politician that dared to espouse such warmongering words!!! Oh, wait...
Lest you think there are Grand Canyon-sized double-standards at play here, let's refer back to what Arianna has to say about HuffPost's "journalistic" standards and "nonpartisanship":
“What we're doing is two things. We do news. I don't believe news is left wing or right wing.” - Arianna HuffingtonUh-huh. And if you believe any of that, you're just the type of person Arianna is looking for, as she branches off into time-share sales as well.
“The editorial stance of the Huffington Post is to debunk the right-left way of thinking, which has become completely obsolete." - Arianna Huffington