Man Loses Job For Exposing Huffington Post’s Unethical Racist Agenda
Huffington Post Ethics
(Last Updated On: April 21, 2017)

Marius Roodt is the real name behind the pseudonym Shelley Garland, a fake philosophy student who the Huffington Post gave a platform to in order to publish the piece “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?”. The piece was about denying whites the right to vote, and advocating for racism against white men; Roodt used it as a way to showcase how media journalism doesn’t care about facts so long as it fits the media’s agenda.

The Huffington Post had real journalists track down Roodt through a digital e-mail trace and facial recognition technology. They found out that Roodt worked as a researcher for Centre for Development and Enterprise in Parktown, Johannesburg. Following being outed by the Huffington Post, Roodt had to resign from his job at the CDE.

Heat Street picked up the article from the Huffington Post, who did a follow-up after they suffered a humiliating weekend where Roodt had taken them on the ruse cruise, posing as Shelley Garland, writing an inflammatory piece and then admitting to it under anonymity to a site called the Renegade Report.

After publishing the article without fact-checking it, the Huffington Post’s South African editor-in-chief, Verashni Pillay, originally defended the piece because it advocated for the removal of white men from power. However, after they couldn’t verify the identity of the author, they had to begrudgingly delete the article and issue an apology for violating the ethical standards of the South African Constitution for press outlets.

Roodt’s original plan was to expose the lack of ethics in media journalism, and in particular South African journalism, where fact-checking has been pushed aside for ideological preferences.

When the Huffington Post tracked down Roodt to his place of work and confronted him about the information, he apologized repeatedly and confessed to the ruse, saying…

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for it to go where it did, there was no intention to go after Verashni (Pillay, HuffPost’s editor-in-chief). I sent it to Daily Maverick first. It had nothing to do with Verashni or the fact that she’s a woman or anything like that.

 

“I just thought you can say almost anything you want . . . not necessarily attacking white men. I think there is a lack of fact-checking in South African journalism. I thought, would it work? And it worked. In hindsight I wouldn’t have done it, I didn’t think it would get this big,”

Following the interview, Roodt handed in his resignation. Heat Street states in their article that the company issued a statement about the matter, saying…

“This kind of activity contradicts everything we stand for, is completely contrary to CDE’s media policy and our ethos as an organization.”

A lot of the commenters on Heat Street were angered that someone who pointed out that a mainstream media publication was willing to publish a misinformative, racist screed, without fact-checking and that the person being punished for it is the man who exposed the media’s fraud.

The Huffington Post nor Heat Street say what has become of the South African editor-in-chief at Huffington Post, Verashni Pillay. She originally a-okayed the piece that Roodt submitted under the pseudonym of Shelley Garland because Pillay was under the impression that Garland was a South African feminist woman, thus making it okay to make racist remarks against white males and advocating for the denial of white males to have access to voting.

Originally, before the piece was deleted, Villay wrote a blog defending the article, claiming that it angered the right sort of people, and furthermore…

“It would appear that perhaps much of the outcry derives from a very poor reading of the article — or perhaps none at all. Dismantling the patriarchal systems that have brought us to where we are today, a world where power is wielded to dangerous and destructive ends by men, and in particular white men, necessarily means a loss of power to those who hold it. A loss of oppressive power. Those who have held undue power granted to them by patriarchy must lose it for us to be truly equal. This seems blindingly obvious to us.”

Villay’s advocating racism against white males did not sit well with the general public. Later the defense piece was altered into an apology, and the original article was deleted after it was discovered that Shelley Garland didn’t exist.

A lot of people also expressed anger toward Huffington Post for clearly having an agenda in publishing a piece designed to divide and raise racial tensions without fact-checking it first. In the video interview Huffington Post editor-at-large, Ferial Haffajee, actually had the gall to ask…

“What makes you say that there is an absence of fact-checking in South African journalism?”

Roodt responded by pointing out some of the sources he linked to in the original blog post under the Shelley Garland pseudonym were from South African news outlets. Those outlets published pieces touting incorrect facts about racial ownership in South Africa. Neither Pieter du Toit nor Ferial Haffajee had a response to Roodt’s citations.

It’s also very telling that the Huffington Post had three of their staff perform a thorough investigation into Marius Roodt in order to discover where he worked and delve into fairly minute details of his personal life in order to expose it to the world, all following on the heels of Roodt having exposed how poor the Huffington Post’s ethical standards really are.

Regardless, Roodt stood by his claim that he didn’t do it as part of some alt-Right troll or as a white nationalist, but simply because he valued ethics in journalism, saying…

“I’m not part of the alt-right and I don’t like Milo [Yiannopoulos] and I don’t believe there’s a white genocide in South Africa, and I’m certainly not a racist. I don’t believe white men are under attack”,

Roodt’s apology still doesn’t erase the fact that the Huffington Post was willing to publish objectionable, racially charged material in order to further their regressive agenda. The issue of lack of fact-checking, agenda pushing, and extremist ideologies being used in mainstream media is still as apparent as ever, even after it first gained widespread attention from #GamerGate back in 2014.


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  • melpomene

    heat street, just another jewish media organization…

  • George Tasker

    Well huff n puff have proved that they are capable of getting the facts when they want to proving that they don’t care about facts that go against their narrative.

    • That’s exactly right. They put in their due diligence to publicly flog man because they previously didn’t do their due diligence when it came to pushing racist agendas.

  • durka durka

    “Dismantling the patriarchal systems that have brought us to where we are
    today, a world where power is wielded to dangerous and destructive ends
    by men, and in particular white men, necessarily means a loss of power
    to those who hold it. A loss of oppressive power. Those who have held
    undue power granted to them by patriarchy must lose it for us to be
    truly equal.”

    Another free hellicopter ride right there.

  • Mr.Towel

    Ironically, if they had put as much effort in fact checking the blog post in the first place, none of this would even exist.

    • That’s hilarious isn’t it? (well not really since a guy lost his job over it)

      But had the Huffington Post done their job this never would have happened. All they literally had to do was funking fact-check the piece. That’s it. Even if Shelley Garland was a pseudonym (and a lot of people write under pseudonyms) they should have at least fact-checked the claims and made sure everything was backed up as it was intended. They could have very well added a disclaimer post-publish that Garland was a pseudonym to protect the identity of the author (and this has also be done in the past).

      But the whole thing was bullcrap since that’s what it was intended to be, and the Huffington Post fell for it and then shifted the blame to the guy who outed them for their lack of ethical standards. Technically, he should sue for bringing undo emotional stress and costing him his employment.

    • ExhaustedSquid

      Don’t you know; the writings of a woke girl’s blog is NEVER wrong. EVER.

  • Phasmatis75

    If it were me this is what I’d do.

    Laugh at how stupid the Hughington post is and mock them for being racists. If necessary start blocking a lot of SJWs or making my profiles private. Worse take a few days away from the internet while the Huffington post stews.

  • Phasmatis75

    If it were me this is what I’d do.

    Laugh at how stupid the Hughington post is and mock them for being racists. If necessary start blocking a lot of SJWs or making my profiles private. Worse take a few days away from the internet while the Huffington post stews.

  • anopolis

    for the life of me I can’t imagine why he would be fired. he exposed some pretty sick stupid shit…people walking around claiming racism against whites is fine and dandy…he throws it out there to be seen for what it is..and he becomes a pariah??…fuck that shit man…fuck the huffington post…we wonder why racism is getting worse?? I sure as hell don’t, i know damn well why, hate me cause im white?? go ahead I”ll hate you back…works for me.

  • anopolis

    for the life of me I can’t imagine why he would be fired. he exposed some pretty sick stupid shit…people walking around claiming racism against whites is fine and dandy…he throws it out there to be seen for what it is..and he becomes a pariah??…fuck that shit man…fuck the huffington post…we wonder why racism is getting worse?? I sure as hell don’t, i know damn well why, hate me cause im white?? go ahead I”ll hate you back…works for me.

  • fnd

    “I’m not part of the alt-right and I don’t like Milo [Yiannopoulos] and I don’t believe there’s a white genocide in South Africa, and I’m certainly not a racist. I don’t believe white men are under attack”

    Straight out of 1984, Marius Roodt emasculation is complete. Maybe i’m being rarsh here, South African Sjw’s are probably cannibals.

    https://heartiste.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/darkmeat.jpeg?w=500&h=375

  • MusouTensei

    What he did was great, but he comes off as a whiny apologeptic bitch so my empathy with him is rather limited, still shouldn’t have lost his job for doing something correct.

  • SevTheBear

    It’s really fucked up that it’s okay to be racist against people from the Caucasian part of the world, but OFF LIMIT if you dare saying anything negative about the Africans or people from the Middle East and Islam. That Huffington Post think it’s okay to bash white people says a lot about them and their world view.

    I don’t care what skin color people have. If they are nice, honest and humble towards me I will be the same to them. But if they are pricks like these people they can rot for all I care. No wonder Huffington Post and many others outlets are mocked these days.

  • Do the right thing

    lets look at the significance and ignore the article per se, I think what Marius Roodt did was actually brilliant , it not only exposes the power that journalist have in pushing a narrative or just supporting a point of view and the impact it an article could have on the public at large, secondly , how far journalism has moved from the big ‘I’ , Independence and objectivity.

  • Waifu Engineering

    The editor who got that article published in the first place should be fired for incompetence.

  • Disqusted

    Sounds like the usual modern journalist ethical standard: mainstream media publishes made up bullshit that fits their narrative, while doxxing everyone they don’t like and bullying/punishing anyone who actually has morals.

  • This is the most disgusting thing I’ve seen from a “journalism outlet” since Gawker and Gizmodo’s attacks on Palmer Luckey. How fucking dare you, Huffington Post!

    • Bitterbear

      It was founded by Arianna Huffington, what were you expecting?

      • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

        lol, the name

  • mikebrand83

    Man tricks the racist sexists at HuffPOS into thoroughly embarrassing themselves by publishing an article about what they actually believe, then they double down by defending the article of their own free will. Then after being exposed for the racist and sexist that they are, HuffPOS responds by going after the man’s livelihood in retaliation.

    Honestly, if you wrote this event into fiction, people would probably dismiss it as being too partisan and unbelievable.

  • mikebrand83

    Man tricks the racist sexists at HuffPOS into thoroughly embarrassing themselves by publishing an article about what they actually believe, then they double down by defending the article of their own free will. Then after being exposed for the racist and sexist that they are, HuffPOS responds by going after the man’s livelihood in retaliation.

    Honestly, if you wrote this event into fiction, people would probably dismiss it as being too partisan and unbelievable.

    • Paul

      Not after #CNNBlackmail

  • John27

    Afrikaners should all leave South Africa en masse and white-hating leftists should then move there. Then they can see how wonderful the country is without whites. I’d give them about 10 days before they wind up in a cannibal’s pot.

    • Mephisto

      There is a shitload of white south africans that want to leave, but western countries would rather 3rd world rapists that hate us.

      • John27

        Everyone who’s been paying attention has realized by now that the end goal of the political left is the death of Western Civilization and the genocide of the white race. They aren’t even trying to hide it anymore. The left wants to rule over the ruins.

        • RichardGristle

          All hail the Frankfurt School!

        • RichardGristle

          All hail the Frankfurt School!

        • durka durka

          They jack off at night at the thought of their country being primarly muslim and whites being a minority, they hate every tradition from the west. The ony traditiions they like are from Africa and Middle east.

    • Phasmatis75

      Zimbabwe used to be the bread basket of Africa, now they’re desperate for food aid, because they kicked all their white farmers out. Even going so far as to beg them to return. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b2f6e7ef72bdfe6babc3685b4fecb07f98bf01c087dea0e58e241eb286ce13f.jpg

      Their neighbor Zambia capitalized on their stupidity and gave the white farms land and equipment and are now the chief exporters of food for Africa.

      • durka durka

        Is that the country that has infated its currency so much that there are dollars that worth trillions of dollars but the actua value of that money is less than a american dollar?

        Some amazing non western economics right there.

        • V_for_Vodka

          Yep. The inflation was at 11,200,000% in August 2008.
          In 2009 the use of Zimbabwean dollar was suspended and various foreign currencies are now used in it’s place, like US dollar, euro, pound sterling, South African rand and others.

        • Phasmatis75

          No clue, but that sounds like the typical insane scheme you can pull off with fictitious money.

        • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

          Even a loaf of bread was unpurchasable up to 10 million Zimbabwean dollars; A bus fare was also even more expensive than 1 trillion dollars.

          Hyperinflation is what Zimbabwe suffered from. Interesting, isn’t it?

    • Phasmatis75

      Zimbabwe used to be the bread basket of Africa, now they’re desperate for food aid, because they kicked all their white farmers out. Even going so far as to beg them to return. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b2f6e7ef72bdfe6babc3685b4fecb07f98bf01c087dea0e58e241eb286ce13f.jpg

      Their neighbor Zambia capitalized on their stupidity and gave the white farms land and equipment and are now the chief exporters of food for Africa.