According to the Action Forum’s FAQ, MoveOn’s staff read every piece of hate speech twice
by Bill Levinson
Once this news spreads across the Internet, we can expect to see the visible collapse of MoveOn.org and also the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Jewish Funds for Justice if they do not promptly repudiate this organization and distance themselves from it as rapidly as possible. To recap, MoveOn.org’s defense against allegations that it knowingly and willfully allowed its Action Forum to be used as a platform for hate speech rests entirely on its claims that it didn’t see the hate speech until August. According to MoveOn.org itself, though, its staff read every piece of hate speech not once but twice.
We previously posted evidence, including Jan Poller’s E-mail of April 1 2004 to MoveOn.org, that MoveOn.org was exercising editorial control over the Action Forum. MoveOn’s enablers, including the Anti-Defamation League and now the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Jewish Funds for Justice, chose to overlook this already-overwhelming evidence and give MoveOn.org a whitewash. We do not believe they can possibly overlook the following and retain even a scrap of self-respect or credibility.
To recap, here is what Eli Pariser said in his press release of September 2.
“MoveOn’s ActionForum is an open forum where members of the public and MoveOn members
can post their thoughts regarding important political issues.
Once in a while—as in any public forum—inappropriate material is posted. Recently, a few of
the thousands of comments that are posted every week contained anti-Semitic language.
The comments that were posted were abhorrent. We were dismayed to see them, and removed
them as soon as they came to our attention 17 days ago.
Right, Mr. Pariser. You said they came to your attention 17 days ago (in mid-August). Let’s take a look at the FAQ for your Action Forum, which is still online and which has been downloaded and stored elsewhere in case it vanishes suddenly next week.
How can I make sure someone at MoveOn reads my post ? All comments are read at least twice. While there is no single criteria, comments that suggest a possible MoveOn action and are not duplicative are likely to be immediately passed on, or included in a summary to the whole MoveOn team. Ratings, while important, are not definitive and some comments with few or low ratings are included in the summaries. Important issues are sometimes followed up with a survey to a sampling of the membership.
Not only that,
Just what does your moderator do? Our moderators are better described as monitors. They spend the vast majority of their time looking for comments to pass on to the MoveOn team and doing weekly forum summaries. With regard to moderating, their goal is to help create a space to facilitate input. It is not their goal to remove every comment that might be inappropriate. The first line of moderators are our members, who rate inappropriate comments low.
As previously discussed, however, the moderators did remove comments they disliked (e.g. critical of MoveOn.org, supportive of Israel, and so on) and the forum rules said the moderators were empowered to delete postings. Let’s take a look at some of the comments that MoveOn.org’s moderators read at least twice and allowed to stand while deleting postings from Jan Poller, ourselves, and others. (Note: Action Forum links do not work because the Action Forum has been taken down because of this scandal.)
I respect everybody’s opinion but obviously some people hate Jews. I am sure they have their reasons but they should not let whatever bad experience they had with some Jews (and I am sure they had some) interfere with their judgment.
9 of 10 Action Forum participants voted to AGREE
…I believe that Israelis and their bad behavior is a product of all our money and the strings placed on it by AIPAC, congress, Evangelists and American Jews.
Yes, we have and will go to war for Israel.
Why were Jews hated in Germany, Russia, France, Italy, and the US and around the world. I’d guess they handle success poorly.
9 of 11 Action Forum participants voted to AGREE
African-American soldiers are potential mutineers who should be disarmed and segregated:
For Blacks to receive the discipline basically the military have to offer, and minorities are so much in need, I would suggest that they recruit Blacks, keep them in safe positions state side and not allow them a weapon, because they may use it against those they perceive to be their enemy.
10 out of 13 agree
By continuing the attack on the GOP’s culture of corruption with a call to arrest the Catholic pedophiles of America, we have the ability to break up the perverts and criminals running the country today. WE know there are hundreds of thousands of pedophiles created by the Catholic church’s shuffling them around since 1950.
3691. Help restore the rule of law.
…The vicitm class will expand until you too can be jailed for ridiculously minor offenses while the Catholics are raping your children.
94% voted to AGREE that the Catholics are raping your children.
Congressman Tom Lantos told PM Olmert of Israel that he wants to freeze the $ 230 million U.S. aid package to Lebanon. Lantos is the ranking democrat on the House Foreign Relations Comte. Lantos said, “The [Lebanese] aid package should be witheld until the Lebanese government displays responsibility”. Responsibility ? Israel is guilty of war crimes in their cowardely attack on Lebanon and the whining, arrogant Jew wants Lebanon to demonstrate responsibility ! This is another example of how many Jews/Zioniosts in our Congress use the U.S. for their own greedy purposes. DUMP ISRAEL.
14 out of 17 voted to AGREE with this.
MoveOn.org’s moderators saw the following blood libel of Jews not once but twice!
FIGHT ISRAELI APARTHEID TERRORISM
Massacre in Gaza http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/am/publish/article_18657.shtml
By Khalid Amayreh Jun 11, 2006, 14:52
…This murderous cannibalism doesn’t come out of the blue. Today in Israel, school curricula are dominated by the Talmud, especially a specific Talmudic text called Shulhan Aruch.
In this text, Jews are commanded to slaughter non-Jews who are viewed more or less as animals or at least lesser human beings.
10 out of 13 MoveOn.org Action Forum members agree that the Talmud is a “hateful scripture” and Israel is run by “Judeo-Nazis.”
Thanks Harry, for telling it like it is. Rice and Powell ARE “house slaves”. And the “Republicans ARE like the Jews who worked for Hitler”. And Shrub IS “a tyrant and a terrorist”. Harry, we need people like you in Congress.
12 of 15 voted to AGREE with this
…Removing all Israeli obsessed Jews from congress would stop a lot of killing.
12 of14 voted to AGREE with this