Day 3: HuffPo ignores story of its own sexual harassment

Once again, HuffPo, while calling out all kinds of sexual harassment and assault on its sexual harassment page, ignores Tuesday’s Gizmodo story that Arianna Huffington ignored such harassment at her own venue, transferring a harasser to India. If you want to hold their feet to the fire, just ask them about the Gizmodo story on some of their posts on sexual harassment, and then wait to see if your comment is removed.

I made one yesterday, but haven’t checked if they removed it.  They’re instantiating the cry of the Regressive Leftist: “It’s okay when we behave this way!”


  1. Malcolm Morrison
    Posted November 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    HuffPo is being dishonest, cynical and hypocritical. I don’t think though that this is a left or right thing. It’s just a cover-up to protect the organisation and former owner.

    • craigp
      Posted November 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Regressive is a key word here, I think. I agree it’s not something that somebody with left or right of centre political views would normally tolerate but I’d say it’s fairly typical of the regressive left.

      • Malcolm Morrison
        Posted November 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

        yeah this behaviour is similar in both left and right extremes. Fox News has been even worse.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 17, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Their hypocracy is not quite as bad as Trump’s who trashed Franken but says nothing about Moore. I think the dam on sexual harassment and assault is about to come down all over the place. The email trail will bring down a lot of people who seem to forget, don’t put it in writing.

  3. yazikus
    Posted November 17, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Is Huffington really any representation of the left? She’s simply interesting in growing and maintaining her own wealth. I’ve yet to hear of anyone saying ‘it is okay when our side does it!’ and instead see frequent condemnations of bad behavior wither it is on the left or the right of the aisle.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 17, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      Let us never forget Ariana started her public life on the reactionary side of the political spectrum, pushing her closeted husband into an ill-fated senate race against Diane Feinstein. Only in later life did she tergiversate to the left.

      • yazikus
        Posted November 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        Indeed. She’s a profiteer at heart, not a leftist.

        • Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

          The site is pure Regressive Leftism, at least these days.

          • yazikus
            Posted November 17, 2017 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

            To be honest, I never visit. So I’m not well qualified to argue. I’ll take your word on it!

      • Craw
        Posted November 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

        So you’re saying she was only like this after she moved left?

        I thought she sold it anyway.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted November 18, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

          What I’m saying is that Ariana herself is more about self-promotion and than ideology.

    • Posted November 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

      The exact quote is probably not out there but only someone with their head in the sand would fail to notice the sound of crickets from SJWs when an SJW is caught being human.

      • yazikus
        Posted November 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

        It might be a question of where we look for our news, but I haven’t heard the crickets (or lack thereof) regarding abuse coming from the left. Besides, I thought one of the hallmark criticisms/traits of the so-called regressive left is that they have no compunction about eating their own?

        • Posted November 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

          They DO eat their own, but only if the offense has a special sauce that only they can taste.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted November 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

      Huffington is to politics as Gwyneth Paltrow is to medicine.

      • yazikus
        Posted November 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

        Yep, pretty much.

  4. Stephen Barnard
    Posted November 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    The key to getting this hypocrisy noticed is to call it out of HuffPo’s regressive-left competitors, like Salon. The left is expert at eating their own.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted November 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      “call it out TO”

  5. Jeremy Tarone
    Posted November 17, 2017 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Huffpro site has over 30 undesirable user trackers, the most I’ve seen on a web site so far.

    • Posted November 17, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know what that means; could you explain?

      • Jeremy Tarone
        Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

        Certainly Jerry, sorry for my brevity.

        Companies use cookies to track what you are doing online. They sell that information on to other companies. This is done pretty much instantly these days, if you go to one site on cats you may get advertisements on the next site visited for cat products. If I were to just look at cat websites this might not bother me. The problem is these trackers can track you pretty much everywhere you go on your browser. I’ve not run into any sites that don’t track. Your hosting service WordPress has a number of trackers, but only a fraction the number Huffpo has.

        My greatest problem with this, apart from from large companies knowing almost everything I do online, is we don’t know to who the information is being sold.

        Companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google use them for highly targeted advertising. According to some the targeting AI can determine when people are depressed and most vulnerable to targeted marketing. This was mentioned on Sam Harris podcast #94, the Future of Intelligence.

        My other concern is I don’t know what else is being done with that information or what will be done in the future. What companies are collecting information? Am I winding up on lists because I went to some site accidentally or because I looked up some term on a watch-list? I don’t know and I don’t trust these companies or governments with the information even if the information is relative banal.

        The short version is the information can be used to manipulate us as seen on Facebook in the last presidential election. While I watch out for this I know I’m as vulnerable as anyone else.

        The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a better explanation here:
        How Online Tracking Companies Know Most of What You Do Online (and What Social Networks Are Doing to Help Them)

        That link is getting old, the targeting AI’s have vastly improved.

        The EFF also has their own program, Privacy Badger, that can block these trackers. The downside is it tends to break some websites and features of websites, often commenting, so some fiddling and experimentation on settings is sometimes required. It’s not automatic.

        I hope I’ve clarified my original comment rather than making it more confusing.

        • Posted November 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

          Thanks! I had no idea.

        • Posted November 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

          A few browser extensions prevent that:
          — Disconnect
          — Ghostery
          — Ublock Origin
          — 1Blocker (iOS)

          • Posted November 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

            I’ve definitely seen this. I searched for a clip of Conan O’Brien and was simultaneously chatting in a chat app about the Louis C.K. story and when I opened YouTube it recommended clips of Louis C.K. on Conan’s shows. Coincidence? I think not.

          • BJ
            Posted November 18, 2017 at 12:15 am | Permalink

            Ghostery is best, in my esteemed opinion. For more advanced users like myself, I suggest NoScript, which allows you to pick and choose the scripts you want to allow each site to run when you visit them.

            • BJ
              Posted November 18, 2017 at 12:16 am | Permalink

              Meant to add, if NoScript isnt available on a browser, SriptSafe is just as good.

        • improbable
          Posted November 18, 2017 at 7:30 am | Permalink

          Besides Ghostery et al, I find that turning off Javascript completely speeds up most of my browsing, and often disables other annoyances besides tracking. But for some websites you really do need it.

          At least in Safari, it is dead easy to make the keyboard shortcut Cmd-J toggle this on and off as needed. Instructions here:

          I wish I could turn on and off cookies as easily & quickly but I don’t know a way to do that.

  6. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Most of the articles on that PuffHo page which I checked don’t have a comments section at all. The one about Trump did, so I posted a link to this blog post there. Interesting to see how long it lasts. So far, it has been up for about 5 min.

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