According to a Breitbart update regarding the HuffPost story on Hillary Clinton’s imminent indictment that suddenly disappeared off their website – neither the author of the piece, Frank Huguenard, nor the senior Politics editor for the webazine knew why the story was pulled.
This latest Breitbart story puts to rest by implication the rumor that the story, itself, was a forgery. According to author Huguenard:
“Huffpo has yet to respond to my request for an explanation” of why the story was suddenly pulled.
Although the piece was not sourced, the allegations were so explosive – namely that Hillary Clinton positively would be indicted on federal racketeering charges – that many news organizations would run with it with minimal sourcing.
UPDATE: OK, I am praying that this report is completely true, but I am now starting to see a few cracks in the story.
I consider Huffington Post a highly credible source, if extremely slanted to the left. They originally reported that the Clintons were facing racketeering charges. However, I have now discovered that it wasn’t an approved Huffpo article, but rather a post to Huffpo’s blog by a contributor, not approved by editorial staff. Strike One.
Digging a bit deeper, I have discovered that Global Research has had a colorful past, to put it mildly, of reporting not exactly the most accurate information. In this case, however, all they did was capture the Huffpo piece that Huffpo itself, for some unexplained reason, deleted. Possibly Strike Two, maybe a bad call by the umpire. It happens!
Why did they delete it? Was it because they didn’t believe the report, didn’t want to believe the report, or because they are hopeless Clinton apologists and DID believe the report and didn’t want it broadcasted from their site? Is this Strike Three?
Whatever is going on, I’m sticking with the story. I will not delete it as Huffpo did. It is being widely disseminated by the likes of Breitbart and others. I simply wanted to provide a grain of salt for my readers.
However Huguenard tweeted Breitbart News reporter Patrick Howley that he does have sources for the dramatic revelation:
“I’ve got my sources, they never asked.” Huguenard later told Breitbart:
“I want to do another story but my HuffPo account has been temporarily disabled. Not sure what’s happening with them.”
Also, Huffington Post Politics senior editor Sam Stein also confirmed the legitimacy of the Clinton indictment story by acknowledging that the piece was pulled by unknown persons.
“Sorry. I don’t know [who pulled it]. I’d direct your question to a blog editor.” Stein said.
But Stein – perhaps sensing that the corporate long knives may be out looking for some scapegoat – any scapegoat – declined to provide the name or contact info for that blog editor.
So now, the question becomes; who ordered the piece removed – obviously for partisan reasons – and then who is sufficiently skilled in the dark arts to then deliberately circulate the rumor that the piece was a totally forgery which must have been posted on the HuffPo site by means of a malicious intrusion?
Creating fake evidence of a malicious intrusion – a bold cover-up – could easily backfire on its creator and move from getting caught with one’s hand in the electronic cookie jar, so to say, to serious criminal behavior which leaves abundant electronic fingerprints.
In other words, the chances of posting a fake story on the HuffPo site are near zero, and therefore the chances of this rumor being a part of a sophisticated disinformation operation are very high.
Time will tell if Huguenard’s sources were legit. That will take care of itself.
The most promising aspect for good reporters wanting to catch the next good story would be to dig into the source of the “fake story” rumor.
As we have recently seen, it’s easy to create fake Twitter accounts to distribute malicious rumors, but it’s a dangerous game for the uninitiated because Twitter, the corporation, takes a dim view of this behavior, and is more than happy to seek out the truth and punish violators of their terms of service.
What most likely happened is that Hillary Clinton got on the horn with Arianna Huffington, who runs the HuffPO as a subsidiary AOL – and blasted her. Huffington then called whoever was working in the IT Dept. on this holiday Sunday morning and ordered them to spike Huguenard’s and regulations be damned.
Tomorrow morning, the HuffPo bigwigs will have to meet with their big bosses at AOL and try to figure out the best half-truth to put out in a press release in an attempt to explain all this without revealing the actual truth – that HuffPo is a captive of the Clinton campaign.
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