Friday, October 30, 2009

HuffPo User Profile: "phute"

The user "phute" has been on the Huffington Post since December 2008 and has 824 posts and 16 fans. Unlike lbsaltzman, he is clear violation of many of the Huffington Post's rules of conduct. As I will show below, he states the usual tropes of AIPAC controlling the US and Zionism being racism. But what makes him special is his frequent use of ad hominem attacks. I am amazed that he has not been banned yet, as he constantly berates and insults pro-Israel posters.

Let's start off with the standard AIPAC stuff as a warm-up:

Phute: "Ah well - sooner or later America will be seen as the zionist's servant. Won't do it any good - and the zionists will find themselves exposed to some uncomfortable questions. Oh what a tangled web we weave when, at first, we start to deceive."
posted Oct 12, 2009 at 11:22:00

Phute: "Strong and bright are no excuses for undermining Obama at every opportunity. She [Hillary Clinton] ought to show more rspect - AIPAC stooge."
posted Sep 20, 2009 at 07:26:48

Phute: "But AIPAC buys the majority in Congress to peddle their lie that what's in Israel's best interest is the same for the US. And of course the US pays."
posted Aug 30, 2009 at 06:15:17

Phute: "What about Clinton and Biden - AIPAC's stooges."
posted Aug 18, 2009 at 17:10:01


And then he attacks Israel as a state and Israel's actions:

Phute: "All Arabs back to Arabia - and all Europeans back to Europe. Can't leave the immigrants out." posted Oct 13, 2009 at 13:14:12
Phute: "rzza - Israel is the world's 4th largest military - if this doesn't mean it can and should stand on it's own 2 feet then there is something wrong - don't you think. It doesn't need America's help -it's a dishonest entity." posted Oct 13, 2009 at 12:01:12
Phute: "Maybe that's because there were no crimes committed. De rigeur for non Jews in Israel - but then I guess that's beside the point, hmm?" posted Sep 16, 2009 at 12:35:12
Phute: "It is essential that the world is conned into believing that Israel wants peace. That is the modus operandi. Closer examination of the facts show a very different desire." posted Aug 25, 2009 at 16:39:26
Phute: "It's very simple - the Israeli military deliberately target UN faciities then blame Hamas. The Palestinians don't deride the UN - you just wish they did." posted Aug 24, 2009 at 16:14:34
Phute: "Why not - got any poblems? Oh yeah the IDF have a clear preferrence for shooting fish in a barrel. What's good for the illegal occupiers is good for those subject to land theft." posted Aug 02, 2009 at 04:48:52
Phute: "Yes but Israel's preferred oath has a distinct whiff of apartheid to it." posted Jul 25, 2009 at 17:04:22
We got a couple Holocaust-related comments as well:
Phute: "Not the holocaust - but there are uncomfortable similarities in ploicy. De-humanization of Jews by Germany is no different to de-humanization of Arabs by Israel. Herding Jews into ghettoes - Wasrsaw is no different from herding Palestinians into Gaza. Restrciting the movement of Jews is no different than restricting the movement of Palestinians within Palestine. It's disgusting regardless of who is the perpertrator and who is the victim." posted Aug 27, 2009 at 10:53:11
Phute: "I find it offensive to use the death of millions as justifiation for stealing the land of others Quite disgusting. Criminal in fact. Lousy way to commemorate th suffering during WW2." posted Sep 01, 2009 at 11:08:18
Now we get to the heart of Phute's character, his frequent and malicious personal attacks. His favorite word is "hasbara" which, for those of you who have not encountered this word, is Hebrew for explanation. However, it's used by HuffPosters to mean Israeli propaganda/lies, as some Israeli information ministries have been called by this term. When Phute calls a person "hasbara", he means that person is an Israeli propagandist paid by the Israeli government or some other organization to go online and defend Israel. This should absolutely be considered an ad hominem attack, because Phute is suggesting the poster's argument is not their own belief or even true and calling into question the poster's motivations, and therefore their argument should not be considered. Hold on to your hat, we've got a lot of slanderous attacks to go through.
Phute: "lightningbolt - what a good job you're around to point out that Amnesty International is lying. And a really really really big thnaks to you for also pointing out that Hamas mistreats the people of Gaza just so it can make the Israelis look bad. One slight problem - you're a stooge, so no kudos." posted Oct 30, 2009 at 06:16:59
Phute: "wbmd - vibrant democracy. Hasbara." posted Oct 27, 2009 at 04:16:21
Phute: "lonelygod - here he goes. Another sad attempt."posted Oct 27, 2009 at 04:07:47
Phute: "the stories are made up for them [Israel supporters] - they just type them verbatim." posted Oct 26, 2009 at 12:48:31 [the hasbara argument in so many words]
Phute: "moshe - grow up" posted Oct 26, 2009 at 12:37:43
Phute: "rand - classic hasbara." posted Oct 26, 2009 at 10:21:40
Phute: "none of stcuthbert's answers are his - they are provided for him - hasbara. So when a more pertinent question is directed at him and because he cannot think for himself - there will be no answer." posted Oct 26, 2009 at 06:09:00
Phute: "'the world holding Israel to a different standard' - hasbara." posted Oct 25, 2009 at 07:45:09
Phute: "These posters who try to intimidate by way calling others anti semitic tend to be paid posters. Usually from the Israeli Govt or Embassies etc around the world. They can't even differentiate between zionism and Judaism - a pre requisite." posted Oct 22, 2009 at 06:44:35
Phute: "mommamia - simple fact - the Israeli Government declined all opportunities to engage with richard Goldstone; to put forward their defence, air their grievances and engage in a meaningful process. Instead - they chose to bad mouth Goldstone at every opportunity. There were the oh so predictable charges of anti semitism, the usual hasbara, the usual deliberate obfuscation. Fact. Noone forced the Israeli govt to take this stance - they chose to. Have a break mommamia - you're fighting an increasingly lost cause." posted Oct 22, 2009 at 06:26:38
Phute: "lightningbolt - hasbara is such that it's digested easily by stooges. They are the only ones happy to peddle it." posted Oct 18, 2009 at 06:10:27
Phute: "lightningbolt - hasbara. That sad old script you work from - needs updating." posted Oct 18, 2009 at 05:57:18
Phute: "gzi - clutching at straws. You need to understand that not everyone is as ready as you are to fall for hasbara." posted Oct 18, 2009 at 05:54:32
Phute: "bubbaC33 - well that's the hasbara take." posted Oct 17, 2009 at 11:47:04
Phute: "Zenju - 'new smart anti Semitism' - hasbaratchik speak." posted Oct 17, 2009 at 09:25:23
Phute: "the footage you point to Jerry Levy - WAS NOT A FABRICATION. Anything to suggest otherwise is hasbara. Too bad."posted Oct 16, 2009 at 09:42:31
Phute: "WBMD - you simply gush hasbara - despite your words being your own. Doesn't change the message one iota." posted Oct 16, 2009 at 07:34:38
Phute: "Wel I could never describe you as enlightened Amato. Offensive maybe." posted Oct 13, 2009 at 13:21:19
Phute: "Give him a break -he's real hasbara. Don't take him seriously - he's just very immature."posted Oct 12, 2009 at 05:26:48
Phute: "You so love a concept don't you gzilives - but then again that's just what your manufactured history is.Get it?" posted Oct 12, 2009 at 05:16:52
Phute: "So was this the diversion insisted upon by your bosses when you started work today lonely god? Hasbara." posted Oct 11, 2009 at 05:47:00
Phute: "gzilives - you excel in empty rhetoric. Oh - and it's unpleasant." posted Oct 11, 2009 at 05:41:47
Phute: "Fabulous hasbara lonely god." posted Oct 10, 2009 at 10:54:50
Phute: "for some resaon lainey - I just don't find your posts credible." posted Oct 10, 2009 at 08:40:40
Phute: "Such romantic prose - such propoganda. such faux concern." posted Oct 10, 2009 at 05:44:30
Phute: "Going to the region Lainey ? In what capacity? Can't imagine aid work would come into it - you don't seem capable." posted Oct 10, 2009 at 05:43:25
Phute: "They're out in force - - obviously they're riled." posted Oct 10, 2009 at 05:35:10 [the periods among hasbara are an attempt to fool the moderators from censoring the post]
Phute: "lg - good to see you speak for yoursel and not the informed." posted Oct 07, 2009 at 09:48:34
Phute: "Pure undiluted propoganda lg." posted Oct 06, 2009 at 11:01:07
Phute: "Goldstone realyy got you rankled eh st Cuthbert. he must really have hit home - your discomfort proves it. But then you aren't paid to be honest are you?" posted Oct 06, 2009 at 09:25:05
Phute: "Ilan Pappe - sure enough the mere mention of him and the sliming begins - he's no revisionist even though you get paid to say so." posted Oct 05, 2009 at 17:33:55
Phute: "And the existential threat - you haven't established anything remotely valid on that - apart from the usual propoganda spouting." posted Oct 04, 2009 at 17:24:51
Phute: "Lonely god - enough with the constant whining." posted Oct 01, 2009 at 10:43:03
Phute: "Lonely god - if you're asking whether or not David Ben Gurion's demands were met - it can only be because your head is so firmly entrenched up your ................ To paraphrase 'why don't you try answering the question. Assuming you can of course.'"posted Sep 20, 2009 at 07:14:48
Phute: "It's not about highlighting movies from a particular Israeli city - it's about Brand Israel - a pr offensive. Those in the pro [Israel] camp are stooges." posted Sep 19, 2009 at 10:01:35
Phute: "Oh he's just another in a long line. Hold on a mo.....isn't he the one all these paid posters praised to the hilt for the last military incursion into mistake - he's a hero who fell foul of the law. Just another in a long line.........[Corruption] seems to be a pre requisite for an Israeli pm....can't resist a bung." posted Aug 31, 2009 at 07:17:15
Phute: "Tzippi - your history is manufactured." posted Aug 27, 2009 at 15:21:19
Phute: "Do emotions ever run less than hysterical in your settlement?" posted Aug 26, 2009 at 11:04:05
Phute: "And on what page of your manual did you find that response?" posted Aug 24, 2009 at 15:57:47
Phute: "Sad isn't it. Shows the very narrow confines of the box in which they think." posted Aug 22, 2009 at 09:33:39
Phute: " don't smell too good yourself. No friends?" posted Aug 16, 2009 at 12:40:51
Phute: "How pathetic - the usual -'well look what they did' response. Whatever.........still doesn't cancel out the IDF's conduct in Gaza. Hasbara - yawn.........." posted Aug 14, 2009 at 10:48:12
Phute: "Give m times 1 the hasbara gong of the week!" posted Aug 05, 2009 at 10:10:28
Phute: "Well your question is valid - to a hasbara devotee as is the response you provided. For the enlightened it's a load of ****. Boy hasbara enlisters will give work to anyone these days." posted Aug 03, 2009 at 04:26:13
Phute: "moderntimes1 - dishonest as ever." posted Aug 03, 2009 at 04:10:19
Phute: "Too much for you Doris? Closed minds do tire more easily." posted Aug 02, 2009 at 17:02:43
Phute: "At the end of the day - you are just going to have to be strong. You are going to have to break with your addiction to propoganda. It's been done before." posted Jul 28, 2009 at 05:54:51
Phute: "WBMD - has only ever been exposed to zionist nationalism and the revisionism that is it's stablemate.
He is very good at retelling myths."

Whew! I told you there was a lot! To be honest, I only examined the latest 500 of Phute's posts, so there's probably even more out there. If I have more time, I'll go back and post the rest on here.
As usual, we will email the link to this blog post to the moderators at HP and hope that this person gets the punishment he deserves. Everyone deserves to be able to speak their opinion without suffering the kind of personal attacks this user dishes out.

UPDATE: All comments written by phute since this post was published will go here.

Well you're so busy jackbooting around the joint and megaphoning like crazy it's hardly surprising you don't hear everything.

"Isn't it wierd that the zionists in Israel never attempt to quell the utter stupidity of the rapture but use it for their own means. Desperate and dishonest - so well suited - both sides."

"How about telling ALL the christian zionists to back off. Oh sorry that can't be done - they're way too needed, because after all zionism needs all the dupes it can get."
You're not doing too bad if you live among such bad people [Israelis] - you've lived to tell the tale.
posted Jan 16, 2010 at 18:00:09

Hasbara not facts.
posted Jan 15, 2010 at 12:10:01

jj - I don't buy into any pretense - it is accepted - as fact - that it is impossible for Hamas to do away with the state of Israel. So the pretence that it is a threat - other than existential - is zionism at work. ["Zionism at work" huh?]
posted Jan 15, 2010 at 07:04:34

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