Huffington Post under fire for hiring vaccine denying, 9/11 truther who killed a guy

posted at 2:41 pm on September 4, 2014 by Noah Rothman

It’s hard to think of a worse candidate for a reporter covering national security issues than a once-committed 9/11 truther, but The Huffington Post apparently could.

“The Huffington Post’s Washington bureau has hired professional football player and 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth as a fellow, covering national security,” Politico’s Dylan Byers wrote in a lede that would not seem out of place in The Onion.

The Huffington Post was apparently not deterred by either Stallworth’s controversial views on the September 11 attacks, or his concern that the swine flu vaccine was part of an elaborate plot, or his criminal record.

In 2009, Stallworth plead guilty to manslaughter after killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Florida. His plea netted him a light sentence – just 30 days for the DUI charge alone.

Byers noted that some of Stallworth’s comments are well outside the mainstream:

“NO WAY 9/11 was carried out by ‘dying’ Bin Laden, 19 men who couldn’t fly a damn kite. STILL have NO EVIDENCE Osama was connected, like Iraq,” Stallworth tweeted in 2009. Stallworth also doubted tweeted, “Gggrrrrrrrrrrrrr @ ppl who actually believe a plane hit the pentagon on 9/11… hole woulda been ASTRONOMICALLY bigger, God bless lost lives.”

The former football player’s most recent tweet questioning the nature of the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 was sent out less than a year ago, on November 24, 2013.

Via The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier, here are a few more of Stallworth’s greatest hits:

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But beyond Stallworth’s problematic political views and personal baggage, it is not entirely clear that he knows that much about national security issues.

This tweet, dated June 14, was sent out one day after President Barack Obama revealed to the nation that he had requested from the Pentagon a list of targets for potential strikes in Iraq. “There is a real sense of urgency over here at the White House,” CNN’s Jim Acosta reported on June 13, noting that strikes may come as soon as that weekend. Obama’s decision to investigate strikes came after weeks of warnings from the national security community over the worsening situation in Iraq and Syria.

This wide-eyed tweet was sent out in February, 2011. While this was well before Putin mounted his campaign to grab territory in Europe, it was also more than two and a half years after Moscow invaded and carved up northern Georgia. A crash course in what is now indisputably America’s “number one geopolitical foe” is not going to be sufficient to understand the infinite complexities of Kremlin politics or Moscow’s interests in what it refers to as its “near abroad.”

But it’s probably much ado about nothing. After all, amid an uproar, Stallworth confessed to being ill-informed on an unspecified range of issues:

Mea culpa, mea culpa. All is forgiven, right? Time will tell…

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We need the Duke photo for this. Been a while since we’ve seen Miss Bug Eyes!

22044 on September 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Sounds like the perfect fit for Huffington Post. Vacuous know nothing.

rbj on September 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The Huffington Post was apparently not deterred by either Stallworth’s controversial views on the September 11 attacks, or his concern that the swine flu vaccine was part of an elaborate plot, or his criminal record.

Or the basic fact that he’s dumber than a bag of hammers.

RadClown on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Desperate

cmsinaz on September 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I’m surprised MSNBC didn’t hire him.

sadatoni on September 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Huffington Post under fire for hiring vaccine denying, 9/11 truther who killed a guy

In other words, they hired someone just like the rest of the HuffPo hive.

Physics Geek on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Let’s see… Huffington Post hiring an extremist who really doesn’t know anything about, well, anything? Seems like standard operating procedure.

Warner Todd Huston on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I remember this guy killing a pedestrian while drunk.

What’s all the fuss about? Seems like a perfect fit. Since when have the left had any standards or morals?

Next……..

Cody1991 on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Me too sadatoni

cmsinaz on September 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Sounds like the perfect fit for Huffington Post. Vacuous know nothing.

rbj on September 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

HuffPo? Nah, I nominate him for Psaki’s job. Could Stallworth really be that much worse?

MistyLane on September 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Vox must be jealous

cmsinaz on September 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The HuffPo just wanted somebody who had played with the Washington Redskins on their team.

jon1979 on September 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

HuffPo courting the Onion crowd with this hire? Not much of a stretch for a site run by lunatics….

tanked59 on September 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

If HuffPo fires him Dead Pecker needs to grab that job…. dumber than a bucket of rocks, but he certainly can cut and paste.

Cody1991 on September 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Or the basic fact that he’s dumber than a bag of hammers.

RadClown on September 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Stop denigrating hammers.

MistyLane on September 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Don’te know much about history
Don’te know much biology
Don’te know much about a science book
Don’te know much about the French I took

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Huffington Post under fire for hiring vaccine denying, 9/11 truther who killed a guy…TO COVER NATIONAL SECURITY

Idiots.

Resist We Much on September 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

How could Huff Post make such a terrible mistake? Obviously, Stallworth belongs on MSNBC, not Arianna’s rag.

hepcat on September 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Resume enhancement.

nobar on September 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Hired? HuffPo is paying people now?

forest on September 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Idiocracy II, Living the Dream.

fogw on September 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

He plays the race card (as seen in one of those tweets). That’s a huge resume enhancer when it comes to HuffPo.

DethMetalCookieMonst on September 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

PuffyHo will be hiring Kermit Gosnell to write a daily column on childcare because Casey Anthony refused to take the job.

burrata on September 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Hell,as well as Huffington, he fits in perfectly with any MSM operation ,including Politico.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

After a lot of reading and researching on it, my views changed… and that’s ok.

— Donte’ Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) September 4, 2014

*emphasis mine

Nice that Donte Stallworth lets himself entirely off the hook for being an ignorant, obtuse, and malevolent jerk who was, essentially, siding with the enemies of the United States of America against his own countrymen.

Stallworth and Stuart Smalley in their Daily Affirmations before the mirror… “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you.”

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Don’te know much about history
Don’te know much biology
Don’te know much about a science book
Don’te know much about the French I took

Flange on September 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

“You’re hired!”

- Arianna Huffington

Ward Cleaver on September 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Hell,as well as Huffington, he fits in perfectly with any MSM operation ,including Politico.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 4, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Bingo! THIS is America circa 2014….all media outlets
are suspect….when NBC edits tapes to depict George Zimmerman
as a racist, you can stick a fork in our so called
“Free Press”

ToddPA on September 4, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Obviously, Stallworth belongs on MSNBC, not Arianna’s rag.

hepcat on September 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

This one could read the teleprompter better than Al Charlatan, so MsNBC couldn’t keep him. Plus, Scarboro objected , that killer getting all that undue attention ….just too much :O

burrata on September 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Just in…….

Bob McDonnell, former Virginia governor guilty on 11 of 14 counts.

Maureen McDonnell guilty on 9 counts.

BacaDog on September 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Clearly scum attracts more scum.

nikophil on September 4, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Joan Rivers is dead and McDonnell found guilty on 11 counts. Presidential material.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Again reinforcing by belief, I find NO REASON to get (pay for) cable.

As for this cretin … he hasn’t the brains G_d gave a screwdriver.

Missilengr on September 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Joan Rivers is dead and McDonnell found guilty on 11 counts. Presidential material.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Whoa. Dislike both pieces of news.

What a fall for McDonnell.

22044 on September 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Joan Rivers is dead and McDonnell found guilty on 11 counts. Presidential material.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

WOW ! Imagine the squeals of joy coming out of the WH…..no more ISIS and border coverage in the media until the lady is buried !!
Yaaaayyy :O

burrata on September 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I guess he is a better choice than Michael Mann as a national security reporter.

airupthere on September 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Sounds like the perfect fit for Huffington Post. Vacuous know nothing.

rbj on September 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Affirmative Action at work at the Puff Ho.

slickwillie2001 on September 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Will he cut and paste the F word or throw that in himself like most of the Huffpo posters?

docflash on September 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Sharkton has competition now.

Schadenfreude on September 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I just got this documentary on Vladimir Putin’s ascension from a kid to being the man in Russia… Wow!! This guy is a beast

You do realize that this sentiment is standard at a “conservative” site, right?

corona79 on September 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Huffington Post under fire for hiring vaccine denying, 9/11 truther who killed a guy

Sounds like a good fit.

Well, unless HuffPo actually wants to be taken seriously….

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

corona79 on September 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

If you don’t like Obama being compared to Putin, tell him to stop golfing and put on his big boy pants.

MWC_RS on September 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

If Libfree had a son….

ChicagoBlues on September 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Huffington Post under fire for hiring vaccine denying, 9/11 truther who killed a guy

Sounds like a good fit.

Well, unless HuffPo actually wants to be taken seriously….

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

But then, there’s never been any evidence for that….

There Goes the Neighborhood on September 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

So……what’s the problem?

Bmore on September 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Does anyone care what the PuffHo does?
It’s not like they’re a serious effort at journalism like the Enquirer.

Another Drew on September 4, 2014 at 6:35 PM

ok…I gotta know. What applicants lost the slot to this guy? imagine THAT series of interviews…..

Renee on September 4, 2014 at 7:10 PM