So I decided to send a second email to the good folks at Huffington Post asking for an explanation. Here it is:
To whom it may concern,
It turns out that my account has been removed from your website after I emailed you complaining about the treatment my posts and the quality of your bloggers (attached). I would like an explanation, of course, as to how you justify banning critical voices from your site. If the particular individual who made this decision had the courage or a modicum of common decency perhaps he/she would not hide behind the organization to punish criticism. If the organization, had a modicum of political honesty, it would admit criticism of its content. Of course, no such thing is to be expected from employees, members or administrators of the HP. Yet, it seems to me an explanation is in order. I like the fact that you have chosen to apply the O’Reilly technique for dealing with thought: expulsion. Hope you sleep well,
Dr. Martin Gak
Of course, there was no response at all. The conspicuous silence is rather strange and adds to the Kafkian texture of the organization. As if by divine will, we were struck down from the site and there is no appeal, no explanation, not a prayer. There is something deeply unsettling about finding one’s political concerns swallowed by the sepulchral silence . This is a trick that was well known by many a political and religious organization: political exile is the vanishing of discourse.
Thus, in happy indignation, I went out looking for fellow exiles. And in so doing, I found a rather impressive collection of stories about the hidden face of the HuffPo. It turns out that both at the level of moderators but apparently also at editorial level, HuffPo has a more voluminous file of censorship than any self-proclaimed progressive defender of free-speech would want to have its name associated with. A great place to go read about it is http://bannedfromhuffpo.blogspot.com. This site contains an ever increasing list of stories and cases of censorship. My favorite one is probably Elizabeth Abarbanel’s, who is a K12 librarian and whose postings criticizing James Tracy’s Coming of Age with Information Overflow (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-tracy/coming-of-age-with-inform_b_524807.html) were censured by the HP or perhaps by Mr. Tracy himself. Here entire post can be found here (http://archipelagoblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/huffington-post-censors-comments-by.html)
However, there are more visible figures that have been singled out by the HP. In addition, members of the scientific community have taken aim at the HuffPo for their vulgarization of science and medicine. For that story, you will have to check back.