Huffington Post announced a bunch of huge hires today. First off, former LA Times features editor John Montorio is now HuffPo‘s new editor of culture and entertainment. Howard Fineman has been named editorial director of the newly formed Huffington Post Media Group. And out of left field, Twitter founder Biz Stone will now officially work with HuffPo/AOL to “advise on social impact and cause-based initiatives, develop a platform to facilitate people doing service in their communities, rally other companies to invest in and deploy best corporate practices, and create and develop a video series spotlighting leading companies and executives at the forefront of philanthropy and corporate responsibility.”
The latest James O’Keefe success story against NPR has taken a predictable pattern — panicked press releases and firings, followed by denunciation of O’Keefe in a belated attempt to discredit him. Naturally, conservatives are crowing about it, but I wanted to give a little perspective to those Huffington Post readers — whatever your political stripe — who share my passion for free speech, honest debate, and fairness in the media.
Yes, not only is the conservative agitator now blogging on the formerly iconographic liberal website, he’s using the site to credit his propensity for “honest debate.”
Honest like taking out-of-context videos of Shirley Sherrod, putting them online and–knowingly mind you–falsely accusing her of being a racist?
Et tu, HuffPo?
Take note, newspapers. Your biggest online competitor has completely jumped the shark. Start paying young, interesting, hungry bloggers $50 bucks a post to blog to their heart’s content, and the HuffPo marketshare will be yours soon enough. Not only that, but you’ll have the next generation of young writers under your umbrella when they’re ready to step up to the big leagues. Think of it as your farm team. Your grapefruit league.