FAKE NEWS: Huffington Post finally posts retraction of bogus story attacking ‘white men’ as the leftists defend HuffPo
The Huffington Post’s South Africa edition finally published a retraction to their manufactured “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” article which argued that “if white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened,” citing recent “blows” to progressivism such as President Trump’s election victory over Hillary Clinton and Brexit.
From the post: “It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely — the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years (just less than a generation) would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world. The influence of reckless white males were one of the primary reasons that led to the Great Recession which began in 2008. This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed.”
Sparking controversy on the right, many sources sought out the post’s author Shelley Garland, described as a “MA Philosophy Student,” but doesn’t actually exist.
The person claiming to be author “Shelley Garland” has since reached out to website CliffCentral.com, explaining, with evidence of the original pitch and email conversation with Huffington Post SA’s editor, that the entire post was a hoax and the liberal Huffington Post fell for it.
“Huffington Post SA has removed the blog ‘Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?’ published on our Voices section on April 13, 2017,” Huffington Post SA Editor-in-Chief Verashni Pillay wrote to her readers over the weekend, confessing that “We have done this because the blog submission from an individual who called herself Shelley Garland, who claimed to be an MA student at UCT, cannot be traced and appears not to exist.”
“We have done this because the blog submission from an individual who called herself Shelley Garland, who claimed to be an MA student at UCT, cannot be traced and appears not to exist,” Pillay added with the obligatory apology.
Jason Stapleton discussed this further on his show this week, check that out below as other DEFENDED the Huffington Post and attacked the critics.
“It’s unfortunate that people have nevertheless felt justified in launching often quite racist abuse at the Huffington Post’s Verashni Pillay and Sipho Hlongwane. I know both Sipho and Verashni,” writes the Daily Maverick. “The attacks on their characters, and overt glee in tearing them down, doesn’t feel like fair criticism. It feels like a lynch mob…”
“More than anything, my real concern is that what was essentially a premeditated plan to discredit HuffPost – and perhaps, subvert a necessary debate about economic transformation in SA – will not be subjected to the same level of interrogation as this entire sorry affair has been.”
“It’s unclear how this could be “a premeditated plan to discredit HuffPost” when it’s in response to something ACTUALLY done at HuffPo.
If you read the Maverick article, the poster, the white man who fabricated the story to prove white men are the new “target,” should be attacked because it’s taking away from the real debate on the left. By taking the stance of the Daily Maverick, the poster ultimately is vindicated, proving “that white men have become the ‘right’ target.”