The Huffington Post is under fire, after one of their contributors used a known satire tabloid site as a source for an article alleging that the Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery was a hoax.
The tab alleged that the robbery was simply a publicity stunt, staged to boost flailing Keeping Up with the Kardashians ratings. The piece, written by HuffPost frequent contributor, Sharika Soal, jabbed at Kardashian, and the allegation that she faked the robbery as a grab for media attention. The story has since been deleted.
Soal addressed the dramatic Paris incident, choosing to cite a tabloid piece as a source — pointing to the reality star’s pattern of “media manipulation.” When readers discovered that Soal’s source was YourNewsWire.com, Twitter exploded.
— Josh McBride (@JoshyMcB) October 9, 2016
— Robert Gordon (@RobbieFingers) October 9, 2016
Shout out to Huffington Post for publishing a story saying that Kim K made up the robbery, citing a tabloid/satire site as the source smmfh
— William Ketchum III (@WEKetchum) October 9, 2016
Reportedly, Kardashian was gagged and tied up in her hotel room on the evening of October 2nd, during a trip to attend Paris Fashion Week. Millions of dollars of jewelry was allegedly stolen, including a $4.5 million dollar ring. Questions surrounding the incident have triggered colorful public speculation about the dramatic episode.
The Huffington Post has yet to publicly address the now vanished piece, as well as the social media backlash.