David Seaman, who has been blogging daily for the website, posted references to popular but dubious videos that purport to show Hillary Clinton having seizures. Seaman says his posts were taken down and his credentials revoked.
Nothing gets right-wing media more upset than thinking it is being censored by the mainstream media.
So, the apparent firing of David Seaman as Huffington Post contributor after he posted an article that included the famous video of Hillary Clinton that claims she is having a seizure.
Clinton’s health has been a talking points on the far right, and with the Donald Trump campaign since the convention. Several videos purport to show Clinton making strange faces and gestures, which those on the right claim are the result of such illnesses as Parkinson’s or other maladies.
“Huffington Post, where I was a contributor, they have revoked my publishing access and they’ve deleted both of my articles that were published earlier over the weekend,” Seaman said in a YouTube video. “Both of my articles have been pulled without notice of any kind. Just completely deleted from the internet. And both of those articles mention Hillary’s health which is both a hashtag on Twitter and I linked to a video that a YouTuber, Paul Joseph Watson, had uploaded back on August 4th showing signs that Hillary Clinton’s health is quite poor.”
InfoWars, Breitbart, The Blaze and ZeroHedge were among the websites that immediately picked up the story.
As for The Huffington Post, they have not commented on the incident.
What it means to be a Huffington Post contributor is itself a little controversial. While the HuffPost has paid staff, it also accepts a lot of content unpaid. Writers contribute to the website founded by Arianna Huffington for a number of reasons including exposure and promotion of a position or company. That Seaman said he was “fired” may be overstating his case.
A search of the HuffPost website shows he has, indeed, had numerous articles posted, all since July, and most centered on the same subject – Bitcoin. That he was given credentials in order to post on the site was probably a mistake to begin with as Seaman appears to have spamming the site with content rather than actually contributing legitimate material.
Seaman likely won’t get his credentials back, especially after attacking Arianna Huffington via Twitter.
— David Seaman Online (@davidseamanweb) August 29, 2016
Seaman’s attack is probably misdirected. Arianna Huffington sold The Huffington Post to AOL a few years ago, and AOL itself was recently sold to Verizon. Huffington said recently that she will be leaving the website she founded in 2005 in order to begin work on a health-and-wellness start-up called Thrive Global.