I've been a regular visitor to the Huffington Post web site. But why? Beats me.
I rarely read any news stories, because almost all of them are copied (some would say, stolen) from genuine journalistic sources like the New York TImes and the Associated Press.
I'd rather get my news from the original outlet. And in a more attractive format.
The Huffington Post looks like its trying to be the National Enquirer of the Internet. Gigantic flashy headlines mesh with sensationalistic celebrity gossip in a mix that never appealed to me.
I put this web site on my daily visit list because I thought that since Arianna Huffington was a serious supporter of progressive causes, the Huffington Post would be equally substantive and thoughtful.
I was wrong. It's shallow and derivative. Not to mention, sleazy.
It bothered me when I heard that Arianna Huffington had sold the site to AOL for $315 million, yet the legions of unpaid bloggers and other content contributors weren't going to get a dime.
That didn't sound progressive. Or fair.
Now I see that P.J. Myers, a pro-science and anti-religion blogger whom I like a lot, has amplifed his distaste for the Huffington Post in "Sweet Jebus, but I hate the HuffPo."
It's a woo-infested sewer, a cesspit of inanity and exploitation, and they cheat their writers. There is a strike/boycott in operation. This is what you get when an unprincipled, opportunistic hack like Arianna Huffington runs the show.
Here's what the Newspaper Guild says:
The Newspaper Guild is calling on unpaid writers of the Huffington Post to withhold their work in support of a strike launched by Visual Arts Source in response to the company’s practice of using unpaid labor. In addition, we are asking that our members and all supporters of fair and equitable compensation for journalists join us in shining a light on the unprofessional and unethical practices of this company. Just as we would ask writers to stand fast and not cross a physical picket line, we ask that they honor this electronic picket line … Working for free does not benefit workers and undermines quality journalism.
Cool. An electronic picket line. I shall respect it.
No more visits to the Huffington Post for me. Not that I was getting much from this web site anyway, but now I have a reason to un-favorite the Huffington Post from my Safari browser links bar.