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December 26, 2013 3:02 pm

Huffington Post Serves as Promoter for Iranian Front Group

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On December 19, the Huffington Post published an article that smeared Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) as a “saboteur,” and alleged that he and AIPAC are leading the U.S. into a war with Iran. The reason for this shocking, inflammatory headline and  “news” story?  Because Menendez and AIPAC dare to oppose the Obama Administration’s “deal” with the Iranian regime over its nuclear weapons program. As many have noted, a broad swath of Congressional representatives from both parties also oppose this “deal,” as do Elie Wiesel and other (credible) human rights activists.

As if this naked, inflammatory partisanship wasn’t bad enough for a self-proclaimed “nonpartisan” newspaper, it actually gets far worse. According to the Huffington Post’s “news” article, its source for this assessment was a “report” that was recently produced by a panel of “Iran experts.”  From the article:

Numerous Iran experts have decried the Senate’s attempts to impose new sanctions as a possible death blow to the first detente between the U.S. and Iran over its nuclear program.

“This would be a direct violation of the Geneva deal which would cause the collapse of the talks not due to Iranian sabotage, but American foul play,” said Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, which advocates better relations between Iran and the West. […]

On Wednesday, the NIAC released a new report examining the roots of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent outreach to the west — and its fragility.

But wait – who is Trita Parsi, and what is the National Iranian American Council (NIAC)?   The Legal Project, a nonprofit that helps defend anti-terrorism researchers from retaliatory lawsuits by radical Islamists, claims Parsi and NIAC have “deep and incontrovertible ties to high-level agents of the Iranian regime,” and that this assertion was proved accurate in a September 2012 U.S. federal district court ruling:

Trita Parsi sued Seid Hassan Daioleslam for defamation in April, 2008 after Mr. Dai’s investigative reporting exposed Parsi’s and NIAC’s deep and incontrovertible ties to high-level agents of the Iranian regime. The suit went through 53 months of litigation that included 24 months of discovery and over 30 court motions. These ultimately confirmed the accuracy of Mr. Dai’s investigative reports.

The case reached national prominence when Parsi’s e-mails (produced during discovery) not only confirmed his ties to the mullahs but also that he has delivered lectures to the CIA, briefed Secretary Hilary Clinton and visited the Obama White House starting in 2009. […]

Federal District Court Judge John B. Bates for the District of Columbia yesterday granted summary judgment for Seid Hassan Daioleslam, editor of the English Iranian Lobby website “In Search of Truth: Reports on Mullahs’s lobby in US,” the defendant in a defamation suit brought by Trita Parsi and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). Judge Bates also ordered sanctions against Parsi for failure to comply with the discovery phase of the litigation.

See an April 2013 follow-up analysis of Parsi v. Daioleslam by the Legal Project here.

The Huffington Post not only never ran a news story revealing the shocking facts concerning Parsi and the NIAC, but it has published sixteen of Parsi’s articles since the Federal court’s September 2012 ruling (it’s been running his editorials since April 2012).  And as HUFF-WATCH documented here, even after the court’s ruling, Huffington Post has continued enabling the NIAC to spew its pro-Iranian, anti-Israel propaganda.

On December 18, the Huffington Post gave Parsi the top spot on “blogger’s row” on its front page, a space normally reserved for Arianna Huffington, and her newspaper’s most prominent opinion writers.

The very next day, on December 19, Huffington Post published the inflammatory headline story alleging that Menendez and AIPAC were “saboteurs.”

How does one reconcile these acts and omissions with the public statements that Huffington has made about her “newspaper’s” journalistic integrity and principles?

  • [T]oo many reporters have forgotten that the highest calling of journalists is to ferret out the truth, consequences be damned.” – Arianna Huffington, July 29, 2008
  • “[At HuffPost] there are guidelines that have to be followed — and they include a prohibition on conspiracy theories or inflammatory claims.” – Arianna Huffington, February 1, 2010
  • “[W]e are increasingly seen … as an Internet newspaper, not positioned ideologically in terms of how we cover the news.” – Arianna Huffington, May 22, 2009

Perhaps one day, someone in a position of influence will ask Huffington about all that.

“HuffWatcher” is the anonymous creator and editor of HUFF-WATCH, a blog primarily dedicated to conducting deep investigative research on Huffington Post’s anti-Israel, pro-Islamist bias. Contact:

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  • Lbnaz

    Huffington isn’t the only recycled news web site to allow a PR spin doctor contracted by the Ayatollocracy but posing as an objective Iran expert (Trini Parsi), an unfettered platform from which to peddle IRI propaganda repeatedly to its hoodwinked readers.

    The Jewish Daily Forward also published Parsi on at least two occasions while failing to disclose Parsi’s role as an IRI mouthpiece.

  • Bar Kochba

    Thank you David and Algemeiner for this article. It is with great relief that we are now reading about the Israeli/Jewish hate that spews daily from the Huffington Post from other than HuffWatch or an equally courageous blog dedicating to exposing the Huffington Post for the cesspool of anti-Semitism that it is, Huffington Post Monitor. The Huffington Post is a base propaganda platform pandering to the most vile of Jewish haters out there, headlining their “stories” about Israel or American Jews in the most pejorative terms or pictures possible. And folks, they have no love for America either, conducting a campaign against opposition voices reminiscent of other tin plated, leftist demagogues. A truly disgraceful publication that needs to be called out for their lies, obfuscations, and anti-Semitic slant. More than one “news” story has been linked to Al-Jazeera, Veterans Today, and yes, even the neo-Nazi publication Storm Front. Lies and out of context enunciations is the bread and butter of this most vile blog and needs to be addressed STAT! And all of this done in the name of progressives, human rights activists, etc. It’s enough to make you vomit. In closing, remember that lying by the Left is a primary element of their many questionable tactics. Just remember the liberal darling and Obama insider Bill Maher who unabashedly condoned Obama’s lying by saying “it was the only way he could have gotten the bill passed”. Despicable! And people, they have no remorse nor guilt about employing such heinous acts. I implore all clear thinking and fair minded people to not stay silent but rather contact Arianna Huffington, advertisers (list may be found at the Huff Watch web site as well as Huffington Post Monitor) , and all your friends; to speak out loud and clear that this type of institutionally sanctioned bigotry against Jews and Israel/America will not be tolerated. Criticism is one thing, deliberate lies to incite and demonize/dehumanize quite another.

  • Brooks

    To Fred…
    Everyone KNOWS that it is AIPAC money that oils the wheels of biased journalism. In the United States Arab Oil money cannot compete with AIPAC money, because AIPAC channels it directly to the pockets of the most easily bought Congressmen and they dare NOT associate with Arab oil money sources. You’ll probably censor this, but you KNOW that it is the truth!

  • Fred

    Factual, truthful, independent Journalism is as dead as the Dodo. Arab oil money oils the wheels of biased journalism. Journalist do as they are told by their
    Arab patrons. Truth & honesty is well locked away. Why should Huffington Post be different ??????

    • Kris Kristian

      I find that journalists seem to be “there” before anything haappens, in Israel. As an example.
      The supposed shooting of a little Arab boy by Israeli soldiers some years ago.I think his name was Dura.
      But what was surprising, is that after he was”killed by Israeli soldiers” he walked away.
      The journalists were the report on someting that is going to happen.
      How did they know that something is going to happen?
      They are told by their Arab paymasters “be there, as the following is goling to happen, so that the world can blame the Jews.”

  • David Most

    Huffington herself has always taken far Left positions and this is no change. To attack Menendez and AIPAC as “saboteurs” is to show her blind faith in Iranian duplicity and her unique ability to twist reality.

    The so-called “deal” struck with Iran does nothing except delay its march towards nuclearization and weaponization. They get relief from biting sanctions and we get thin gruel! Arrianna is prepared to swallow the Iranian “Takfir” even if she has to gratuitously insult a U.S. Senator.

  • Jill Maleson

    Shocking, another anti-Semite.

  • Mark_


    • BH in Iowa


  • Mark_

    are you censoing my comments? am i banned from making comments?

    • This paper deals whit anti-Semites so if you are one than censoring you is good for us.