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Survey: Huffington Post Disproportionately Pro-Iran

Huffington Post publishes more pro-Iran content than anti-Iran content by 4:1 ratio; writes 85% of articles sympathetic to Islamic regime.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 5/23/2012, 10:49 AM

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington
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It does not come as a surprise to readers of the Huffington Post that the newspaper espouses anti-Israel sentiments, often bordering on misinformation and lies.

While the above claims have long been exposed, information recently obtained by Arutz Sheva illuminates the deep-rooted hostility with which the paper reports and interacts with Israel.

Iran 24/07, a media watchdog that seeks to monitors Iran and various media networks, published a report which found that the Huffington Post publishes more pro-Iran content than anti-Iran content by a ratio of 4:1.

Out of 82 articles published over a three month period, 33 were ascribed a pro-Iran sentiment, based on their overall content. 

Out of the 82 articles, 47 (57%) were sourced as written by the paper’s staff, while 35 (43%) were written by shared media.  Of the 47 articles written by Huffington Post, only three were ascribed anti-Iran sentiments and only 16 were ascribed neutral sentiments.

Furthermore, while the paper’s staff writes less than 40% of all the Iran-related articles, they are responsible for 85% of articles sympathetic to the Islamic regime.

At the paper’s debut in May 2005, Arianna Huffington, the site's co-founder and Editor-In-Chief, claimed that the publication would operate according to a higher standard than its competitors.

"If you're looking for the usual flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric... don't bother coming to the Huffington Post,” Huffingon said at the time.

However, the paper’s anti-Israel and often blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric have proven to uphold no such ideals.

Recently, Mehdi Hasan, a devout Muslim who has praised Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and publicly branded all non-believers as mentally ill “animals,” was hired to serve as the Huffington Post’s political director in the U.K, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

In October 2007, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz accused the publication of censoring his articles "because they conflicted with its hard-left editorial line on Israel."

While in June 2009, Columbia professor Lincoln Mitchell claimed that on nearly every news story concerning international issues (regardless of the topic), he found that it usually takes no more than ten comments before users find a way to blame the Jews.