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Huffington Post Acquisition: Sale or Sell-out?

February 7, 2011

I am a longtime Huffington Post reader and contributor. I like the cutting edge reporting and blog-style contributions. Today I read that the HPost is being acquired by former tech-giant, AOL. I believe it is an attempt on AOL’s part to show it is a progressive company and hitching its old wagon to a rising star. For the Huffington Post it will gain access to an established brand name that will hopefully introduce the HPost to AOL’s 250 million global users. It is a power play by Ariana Huffington and a solid one by AOL to revamp their brand.

That said, I am reticent to fully endorse such a deal as it smacks of corporate takeover. If I see a fundamental change in content, presentation, and corporate influences, all bets are off. But, if Huffington is more like Ted Turner when he founded CNN, then I think I can back her move. I am wary of mass media for it has shown in the past 30 years a move towards less free press and more controlled and slanted reporting. I am not one to be immediately thrilled because she is a woman who has developed a major media outlet, but I am excited that we have a woman pioneering 21st century media and doing it with what Fred Astaire said as size, style, and class.

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  1. TJ
    February 8, 2011 at 12:57 am

    It has always been about money for Huffington….she made a lot of money as a conservative cozing up to the Bushes and Gingrich and when the heat was on in 04 with the Republicanes she bailed to become a Liberal…..now the heat is on the Dems she has cashed out once again…only foreigners understand how stupid we are…she knows there is a smuck born every minute and capitalized on it…good for her!!

  2. February 8, 2011 at 1:34 am

    She really cozied up to her husband, now ex-hubby, Michael Huffington, a very wealthy Republican who spent $28 million in 1994 to take a stab at a senatorial seat. He failed. Californians did not buy into the Huffington way of politics – but, a few good things came out of it. Michael came out of the closet and lives as an openly bisexual/gay man and is an LGBT actvist. Arianna went on to found the Huffington Post. She is a professional journalist by trade. Seems people switch parties when convenient, but my concern is more the corporate influence on the HPost. When Ted Turner made his deal with AOL/Time-Warner he was badly burned and regretted making the deal. CNN has gone down hill ever since – in my opinion. She is astute businesswoman, savvy to socio-techno trends, and is by nature a political animal. My bet is she will turn this into a blockbuster opportunity. We’ll see what happens.

  3. Humeskeptic
    February 8, 2011 at 1:54 am

    HP sold out long ago…which is why many posters and supporters stopped visiting the site in the past year.

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