HuffPo National Security Fellow: Conspiracy Theories and Manslaughter. Huh?!?

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Donté Stallworth, HuffPo’s New National Security Correspondent

Donté Stallworth, HuffPo’s New National Security Correspondent

How is the brave new world of online journalism doing? Consider this: The Huffington Post has hired former NFL star Donté Stallworth as a “Reporting Fellow” to cover….National Security.

His experience in the area is limited to tweeting his views on subjects ranging from 9/11 to ISIL. That’s apparently sufficient cred for HuffPo Politics Managing Editor Amanda Terkel, who said there’s been “a national security wonk lurking underneath Donté’s helmet for quite some time, as anyone who follows him on Twitter knows.” And she’s not alone: the website Foreign Policy last year offered him a job (sort of) based on his Twitter stream.

We find two things especially interesting about HuffPo’s new hire.

One is that Huffington Post (with which we are friendly enough and where material of ours very occasionally appears) seems to be congenitally unable to resist bringing aboard people whose main credentials are fame, wealth or connections. But, heck—it’s a business, and it needs money and clicks. So whatever.

The second thing is more problematical: Stallworth’s views tend toward what the HuffPo itself might dismiss as “conspiracy theory.” Anything even remotely identifiable along those lines is routinely removed or blocked by HuffPo editors based on the site’s (unpublished) editorial policy. And they don’t do that just for wild imaginings. Even carefully measured and documented work that questions the conventional interpretation of events doesn’t get ink at Huffpo—including deep digs into the illogical parts of the official narrative about the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the many questions surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, especially the FBI’s relationship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

How hypocritical, then, is it for the site to make the NFL dude a National Security Fellow? Consider these 2009 tweets:


Oh, there’s one more thing about HuffPo’s new hire:

It cannot be ignored that the same year Stallworth was tweeting the above items, he killed a pedestrian while driving drunk. Stallworth was suspended by the NFL, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was sentenced to just 30 days in jail (he only served 24 of those) and then had to put in 1,000 hours of community service.

Although it’s not clear just what duties a Huffington Post National Security Fellow is expected to perform, Stallworth’s new gig is not part of that community service.

Or is it? Now that would be a conspiracy theory.


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14 responses to “HuffPo National Security Fellow: Conspiracy Theories and Manslaughter. Huh?!?”

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  3. Orangutan. says:

    I hope Dante Stallworth is familiar with this take on the Russian/Syria crisis.

  4. Max Standridge says:

    Well, as we’re seeing with this fellow and his future wife in the elevator, “you’ve got to be a football hero to fall in love with the beautiful goyles”.

  5. ICFubar says:

    Hufpo is largely irrelevant anyway as an even more MSM rag since it’s sale. I only read or listen to the MSM to see what kind of lies they’re bandying about, so this hire is of no concern to me unless Stallworth actually takes this job seriously and some how writes up something note worthy…one never knows despite maximum doubts.

  6. tomherzog says:

    Why does this make me think of President Camacho in the underrated cult movie, Idiocracy? The future is now.

    Kudos to Mike Judge, the brains behind Idiocracy who could see that the future is now.

  7. Orangutan. says:

    Hopefully this dude knows some of the history of our foreign policy:

    Top 10 US-Backed Atrocities and Authoritarian Regimes (2014) – This extremely well-researched 30 minute documentary represents the microscopic tip of the USA’s iceberg of extremism and depravity

  8. frongoozi says:

    Stallworth will be to the “serious” official story journos what the Washington Generals were to the Globetrotters – he’s there to lose the debate. Cherry-picking your interlocutors is a variation of the straw man argument. For instance, if Charles Pierce wants to deride the idea of Mena, Ark. as drug entrepôt, he’ll attribute the idea to Richard Mellon Scaife. He won’t engage, say, Anabel Hernandez.

    • omniadeo says:

      “he’s there to lose the debate”

      exactly…and to control it…he deftly clowns the topic of “conspiracy theories” over into the entertainment part of the media spectrum…mad psychopaths manipulating washington is fair game..on 24…or if you wear a red white and blue jersey, don’t document your claims and act a little wild so no one takes you seriously…

  9. guest says:

    They are probably going more for something akin to Fox News’ “on air personalities” . Personalities are so much more malleable than journalists.

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  11. nicho says:

    Please, HuffPo turned into a tabloid years ago. This doesn’t surprise me at all. I can’t even remember the last time I was there. The comments section there had turned into a loony bin — Free Republic meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

  12. brandall715 says:

    Looking like President Comacho from Idiocracy smh MSM hits new lows.

  13. Cin says:

    These two tweets from Stallworth in 2009 were, and still are, accurate regardless if he committed manslaughter or not and the HP acting hypocritical isn’t a surprise.