Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Second Point of Comparison

As you may remember from Sunday, Netanyahu made a remark about Israel and "Prisoner X" and the Huffington Post readership responded with a flood of pure hatred. The most notable examples included claims that Israel was a Nazi state. I compared this thread with a story about Guantanamo Bay and noted that the Huffington Post readership only cared about covering for their man in the White House.

Then a saw another old thread about a politician in New Zealand saying that Muslims should be banned from flights. Hey, a good parallel right? A politician making a stupid remark? Let's see how many Huffington Posters would be lining up to declare New Zealand a Nazi-like state!

Instead I found something a lot more disturbing.

So not only is the Huffington Post readership completely okay with banning Muslims from airplanes, they also are completely fine with people who say stuff like that.

Of course, I can't help but wonder if it was an Israeli or American politician who said something similar that the reaction would be very different. Either way it shows that trolling behavior is not limited to anti-Semitism.

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