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October 27, 2013

Huffington Post Demonstrates How Not to Correct

The Huffington Post was one of the few major mainstream media outlets to run with Amy Klein's erroneous -- and now corrected -- Oct. 24 report in Ha'aretz that singer Rihanna swapped the lyrics of her song "Pour it Up" to state "All I see is Palestine."

On Thursday (Oct. 24), Ha'aretz removed the unfounded assertion from its online headline and article, and appended a clear correction. On Friday, in its print edition, the newspaper ran a correction on page 2.

And what about the Huffington Post, which ran with the initial incorrect story? Three days later, as of press time, the Huffington Post still features a completely false headline alongside an update.

HuffPost Rihanna (UPDATED).jpg

Following an update at the top of the page noting that Ha'aretz has retracted the claim that Rihanna sang about Palestine, readers are told that "The original article continues below." Indeed, it does. With the false claim about the lyrics intact.

To sum up: The Huffington Post runs an update which makes clear that their earlier headline and article were based on a false report. The Post leaves those incorrect headline and article in place, as if they have not received information to the contrary.

Is somebody asleep at the helm of the Huffington Post? Or this what now passes for accountability at the sixth-leading English news site?

Posted by TS at October 27, 2013 07:37 AM


If Huffington Post published all the retractions due, it would take up 2/3 of each page. It is a political web site above all else.

Posted by: Ronaldo at October 27, 2013 04:47 PM

HuffPo is generally considered one of the most antisemitic English language mainstream blogs going how. They routinely run this sort of stuff and worse up to and including bottom of the page links to Stormfront, etc.

Posted by: The Empress at October 27, 2013 04:52 PM

I have been monitoring Huffington Post for almost 2 years. In that time, the descent from a news gathering organization to a far left wing propaganda platform is astounding. If you hate America or Israel (the jackpot is if you are contemptuous of both)you are a welcome blogger or commenter. The volume and breadth of anti-Israel rhetoric is jaw dropping. But what puts the leftists icing on the cake is their (Huffington Post) policy of banning or censoring rebuttal arguments while protecting heinous and disgusting threats, obfuscations, or out right lies regarding Israel. Periodicals of the 1930's coming out of Germany would be proud of the literary detritus that is the Huffington Post.

Posted by: Bar Kokhba at October 27, 2013 05:49 PM

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