Cross posted by Matt at Huffington Post Monitor
The Huffington Post, allegedly a mainstream, balanced news media outlet, has covered and promoted the work of anti-Semitic cartoonist Carlos Latuff. The Huffington Post, its editors, and its owner, Arianna Huffington, have created a safe, welcoming space for all manner of Jew haters to spread their rhetoric and ideas.
In case you can’t see the cartoon clearly enough, here’s a link to it. It’s a cartoon of Israeli PM Netanyahu wringing votes for himself out of a (presumably Palestinian) baby, a modern twist on the classic blood libel against Jews.
The Huffington Post and its reporter that published this story, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, seem to have no problem with this anti-Semitic cartoon, publishing it with no condemnation and in fact support, with Shihab-Eldin claiming Ha’aretz reported Netanyahu’s approval ratings have increased.
There is no other explanation for the decision to publish this news story other than the Huffington Post considers Latuff’s hateful cartoons to be legitimate political opinions that not only belong in mainstream discourse, but worthy of the Huffington Post’s readerships’ attention.
Why is the Huffington Post publishing the hate filled rants of anti-Semites as if it is respectable, news worthy opinions?
[Editor's note: Please see additional background on Latuff here, here, here, here and here. See additional Latuff cartoons about Israel here. Below is a larger version of the Latuff cartoon seen above. - A.L.]
- Antisemitic cartoons on progressive blogs (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
- Guardian publishes cartoon showing Israeli leader as puppet master, controlling Hague and Blair (cifwatch.com)