The Huffington Post conned with previously published racist nonsense – before removing it without explanation
Following our story on how The Huffington Post published a blog post by Jeffrey Hoffman on the 2010 World Cup, before pulling it without explanation, we can now reveal that Hoffman was passing them second hand goods and racist nonsense to boot. The Huffington Post story, titled ‘Could The 2010 World Cup Be A Disaster In the Making?’ was published January 14, 2010. It was also published January 30, 2008 on several sites owned by Hoffman, including delraybeachwebcam.com and firstwebcam.com, under the headline ‘The 2010 World Cup in South Africa – A Disaster In the Making’.
In the original version Hoffman writes “Most would agree that three of the major venues, Johannesburg, Durban, and Capetown are cities where lawless mobs of disenchanted blacks run rampant and threaten both classes on a regular daily basis.”
The Huffington Post would eventually edit out the reference to mobs of disenchanted blacks in the version published on its website but not before one reader, WorldofTomorrow420 commented: “My god, what a load of racist claptrap! No doubt South Africa has a *major* crime problem. But read this loaded statement, and the author’s blatant racism comes shining through: ‘…Johannesburg, Durban, and Capetown are cities where lawless mobs of disenchanted blacks run rampant …'”
Will The Huffington Post do the right thing and publish a proper retraction? We wait and see.