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Friday, March 25, 2011

Andrew Breitbart banished from front page of HuffPo for comments made ELSEWHERE

On Thursday Huffington Post spokesman Mario Ruiz announced Andrew Breitbarts writing would no longer appear on the front page of the Post. Because of comments Breitbart made about Van Jones in another article, on a different site, the Huffington Post has decided he violated their editorial guidelines and is no longer welcome on the front page of their site. It's interesting they feel they have the duty to admonish Breitbart based on something he said in an interview on a different site. I wonder if they apply these same terms of conduct to their other front page writers? Do they have a code of conduct that writers are expected to adhere to regardless of where they are writing or making comments?

Or is there the slightest chance this action was taken because the comments were made about Van Jones, Color of Change co-founder and BFF of Arianna Huffington.

A brief look back at some of the more prominent writers on HuffPo reveal the true issue, ad hominem attacks are only allowed if they are made right on the front page of the site.
The Huffington Post published an article by actor John Cusack in November 2005 that called Republicans “a league of bastards” and said that Iraq war supporters “are human scum.”

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz wrote an article appearing on The Huffington Post a day after the death of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist in September 2005. Dershowitz wrote that Rehnquist “started out his political career as a Republican thug” and that “Rehnquist’s judicial philosophy was result-oriented, activist, and authoritarian.”

Rehnquist was a “friend of corporations, polluters, right wing Republicans, religious fundamentalists, homophobes, and other bigots,” Dershowitz wrote.

“Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately,” wrote actor Alec Baldwin in February 2006.

Baldwin wrote in a subsequent post, “I want to apologize to all of the readers of this blog for referring to Vice President Cheney as a terrorist… How about something more measured, then? How about… a lying, thieving Oil Whore. Or, a murderer of the US Constitution?”

As is always the case these days with the liberal, left media-ad hominem attacks are completely copacetic as long as they don't involve a member of the left-wing playgroup. With viscous attacks on Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Michele Bachmann and any other prominent conservative you can think of, it comes as somewhat of a surprise that a little unflattering language against Van Jones on a different site would be taken so offensively. I can only hope this means they will continue to extend this code of conduct to all their writers and keep the most offensive ones off their front page from now on.