Even though the Huffington Post can hire Howard Fineman, they can’t pay Mayhill Fowler, the woman who wrote the “cling to your guns” story. The Huffington side of the story is that Fowler was a freelancer who pitched a couple of stories that they didn’t bite on, just like many other freelancers.
Perhaps Huffington is right in this instance. Still, it’s more than a little distasteful that she’s completely unwilling to
play pay bloggers at the same time that she’s happy to shell out the kind of salary that a hack like Fineman demands. But maybe I’m just letting my disgust for Arianna Huffington and her Hollywood tabloid get in the way. I’ve never understood the appeal of her or her site, and the fact that it gets so much traffic looks like yet another indicator of national stupidity.
For example, the banner there at the moment is “Feds Sue Fox News“. If you bother to read the story under the huge red headline, the substance is that one reporter has filed a discrimination claim that the EEOC (“the Feds”) picked up. The headline and play of that piece is essentially a lie, yet 4,500 people have commented on it.
As far as I can tell, the Huffington Post is the Drudge Report for liberals, with a side helping of Star or the National Inquirer for celebutard gossip. Yeah, they pay a few reporters who got White House press credentials, but so does Fox News. If they’re the future of media, which I doubt anyone under 50 who isn’t bamboozled by Arianna Huffington believes, we’re in big trouble.