HuffPo Scrubs Vid of Drunk Israelis' Obama Rants
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 7, 2009 10:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Huffington Post censored a video of young people in Israel using using racial slurs to attack President Obama, and Gawker wants to know why. Max Blumenthal, who shot the film, says a HuffPost administrator told him the clip lacked “any real news value.” Notes Blumenthal: “For the first time, the premier clearinghouse for online news and opinions had suppressed one of my posts.”

“For me it only proves that one can find drunk people willing to say just about anything,” Blumenthal quoted the HuffPost administrator as saying. Writing for Gawker, Foster Kamer observes that the HuffPost’s decision could be a “political maneuver” or an “agenda-based” move. But, he concludes, “it's probably the equivalent of some tight-assed S & P person over there who thinks they're taking the initiative with their job ... What would Ariana think?”