Sunday, June 7, 2009

if 50 cent posted it, so can we...

i read this post on mondoweiss today and was really struck not only by the censorship involved but that had the video they're discussing been filmed in the united states(or canada) and some young men and women said that all they wanted to do was "smoke a blunt and eat some chicken wings and watermelon with obama" the reaction would have been incredibly different--like, people actually would have heard about it and been infuriated by it.

as it happens it was filmed in israel, and the young men and women saying these totally disgusting and racist things are young israelis or israeli americans.

the short clip--filmed by max blumenthal(who also filmed sarah palin being "cured" by a "witch doctor" in her alaska church and posted it on the huffington post as well as posting about toby keith's pro-lynching song ) in jerusalem the night before obama's speech in cairo-- was released on mondoweiss and the huffington post and according to blumenthal:
I received an email from a Huffington Post administrator informing me he had scrubbed my video from the site. “I don’t see that it has any real news value,” the administrator told me. “For me it only proves that one can find drunk people willing to say just about anything. Especially drunk, moronic people.

ok, i'm actually going to take a break from writing this and go over to the huffington post to see what qualifieds as something with "real news value"....

here are a few more stories which are clearly more newsworthy according to the huffington post:

apparently because some of the people in the video were drunk it makes it completely invalid--a criticism that has come from all sides-- to which blumenthal has responded:

"Beer does not, to my knowledge, contain a special drug that immediately infects drinkers with white supremacist sentiments, violent rhetoric, and anti-democratic tendencies. I get drunk as much as any social drinker and I have never called for “white power” or declared, “fuck the niggers!” as one of my interviewees did. No amount of alcohol could make me express opinions that were not authentically mine. If anything, alcohol is a crude form of truth serum that lubricates the release of closely held opinions and encourages confessional talk."

these young, educated, and entitled people say such non-newsworth things as:

"he's a fuckhead.. i don't know politics, but he's a shit head. he's an asshole and deserves to get shot"

"white power, fuck the niggers"

"oh he's a muslim for sure, and who even knows if he was born in the united states.. we haven't seen his birth certificate yet, he's not from the u.s, he's, like, a terrorist. just what has he done for this country so far, nothing..and i'm a political science major so like... i know my shit ("question: do you know who benjamin netanyahu is?") it the israel prime minister or something? i dont know who he is, who's benjamin yahoo?"

"i think you're a pussy...i'm going to teabag your ass, and put it on youtube, faggot"

"i just want to smoke a blunt, and eat some chicken wings and watermelon with obama, hes just another nigger from the towns"

you can read max blumenthal's entire response HERE and you can write to the huffington post at it's totally laughable that a website like the huffington post would even presume to have the right to decide what does or does not have news value, especially when it publishes such fucking bullshit.

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