“Socialite Arianna Huffington built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists,” a post at Adbusters begins. “She exploited our idealism and let us labor under the illusion that the Huffington Post was different, independent and leftist. Now she’s cashed in and three thousand indie bloggers find themselves working for a megacorp.”
But the Huffington Post is not Arianna’s to sell. It is ours: the lefty writers and readers, environmentalism activists and anti-corporate organizers who flooded the site with 25 million visits a month. So we’re going to take it back.
We’ll stop going to her site. And we’ll stop blogging for her too. Then we’ll give birth to an alternative to AOL’s HuffPo by using the #huffpuff hash tag to tell the world about our favorite counter-culture websites and indie blogs.
“We are the ones who built the Huffington Post. And now we will be the ones who will huff & puff it down,” Adbusters concluded.
A quick search of the social network Twitter indicated that the hashtag #huffpuff was already being used to propose alternatives.
Arianna herself told Politico this week, “We don’t see ourselves as left. And I think it’s one area where news consumers are ahead of the media, because they know that continuing to see everything that’s happening as a right-left issue is missing what’s happening, and is also making it much harder for us to be properly informed.”
Speaking at a Tea Party gathering in Boston, Andrew Breitbart fantasizes about armed conflict with his fellow Americans… He goes on to elaborate that he imagines the military is going to rise up and start killing union members to protect the country (or something), and reiterates that he’s talking about actual armed conflict and not elections.
Click the LGF link for the videos of Breitbart’s ACTUAL WORDS.
If a liberal commentator / entertainer (whatever Breitbart is supposed to be) had said this sort of thing, Fox “News,” Drudge, Limbaugh, the freshman Teaparty Congress, and every Teaparty GOP 2012 candidate — including the former half-term governor on Facebook (snerk!) — would be clutching their pearls, waving smelling salts everywhere, and hyperventilating on every network news program, 24/7!
It’s amazing what our ‘liberal’ media chooses to ignore.
Won’t someone think of Republican white men? Oh, wait…
If you feel like the Sunday morning political talk shows are overrun by Republican politicians, their surrogates and other right-wing spinners, you’re actually right, according to a study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a media watchdog group. FAIR’s magazine, Extra! tracked the breakdown of guests featured in one-on-one interviews and roundtable discussions on the four main Sunday morning talk shows,ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’s “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday” from June 2011 to March 2012. The results skewed heavily Republican, white and male,with only token representation by blacks and Latinos, and virtually no appearances by guests outside of one of the two national political parties.
[…] It’s worth noting, also, that the liberals typically presented on these programs are mostly centrists with very few out-and-out progressives, leading FAIR to quip that “corporate media’s idea of a debate is conservative ideologues matched by centrist-oriented journalists.” Women and persons of color were wildly underrepresented in round tables. Women guests made up a mere 29 percent of panelists. Roundtable guests were 85 percent white, with 11 percent of guests being African-American and 3 percent Latino.
In a diverse nation, with women comprising just over 50% of the population, why do Republican white men dominate our national media — still?
If you’re so inclined to contact the conservative white men who host the Sunday shows that celebrate conservative white menand their many opinions about non-white people and women (among other things), here’s contact information:
Only one party’s to blame? Don’t tell the Sunday shows – Last month, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein published an Op ed and a book making the extremely controversial argument that both parties aren’t equally to blame for what ails Washington. They argued that the GOP — by allowing extremists to roam free and by wielding the filibuster to achieve government dysfunction as a political end in itself — were demonstrably more culpable for creating what is approaching a crisis of governance. It turns out neither man has been invited on to the Sunday shows even once to discuss this thesis. As Bob Somerby and Kevin Drum note, these are among the most quoted people in Washington — yet suddenly this latest topic is too hot for the talkers, or not deemed relevant at all. I ran this thesis by Ornstein himself, and he confirmed that the book’s publicity people had tried to get the authors booked on the Sunday shows, with no success. — Greg Sargent
An overwhelming amount (58%) of Americans disapprove of funding cuts to Obamacare’s initiatives. Regardless of whether or not Americans approve or disapprove of the law, cutting funding just isn’t the way.