Huffington Post Wimps Out on Breitbart

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March 24 2011 4:21 PM

Huffington Post Wimps Out on Breitbart

I'm disappointed and annoyed to see the Huffington Post buckling under a pressure campaign and taking Andrew Breitbart's blog posts off the front page. It's their site; they can do what they want. But this response to the Color of Change's effort to boot Breitbart ? It's pure wimpery. From HuffPospox Mario Ruiz:

Andrew Brietbart’s ad hominem attack on Van Jones in The Daily Caller -- right down to calling him a "commie punk" and "a cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak" -- violates the tenets of debate and civil discourse we have strived for since the day we launched. As a result, we will no longer feature his posts on the front page. He is welcome to continue publishing his work on HuffPost provided it adheres to our editorial guidelines, as the two posts he published on HuffPost did -- guidelines that include a strict prohibition on ad hominem attacks.

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He didn't write or say any of that at HuffPo, a site he helped develop in 2005. Is the Huffington Post's standard that contributors can be to some modified limited hang-out if they use ad hominems in other forums? Boy, good thing Breitbart doesn't have an army of contributors who can comb HuffPo authors' published and spoken work to see if they've done that.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.