“Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW are in my blood,” Fruhlinger told FishbowlNY. “Since 2004, I’ve worked hard to make them among the best tech news and information destinations in the world, and I feel now is as good a time as any to step aside and let the amazing teams at the sites’ helms do what they do best. Of course, moving to California to be close to my family has a good deal to do with my decision, and I look forward to seeing my parents, siblings, and their children on a regular basis.”
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Perhaps responding to criticisms about its lack of diversity, AOL HuffPo is launching new Patch sites geared towards Latino readership in Southern California. Three new Patch Latino sites will launch here by the end of the year, although no decisions have apparently been made regarding what communities those sites will cover. (How about Bell anyone?)
HuffPo spokesman Mario Ruiz told us the new offerings will in no way effect the media conglomerate’s existing AOL Latino site. “Patch Latino is hyperlocal, like all Patch sites. And AOL Latino is national (and international) coverage.”
Well, that didn’t take long. Andrew Breitbart has officially been kicked off Huffington Post‘s front page. Breibart’s arrival on HuffPo had not been very well received by the site’s liberal base–and Breitbart saying some nasty things about Color of Change‘s Van Jones gave HuffPo the pretext it needed to relegate the conservative blogger to some less prominent real estate on the site.
Writes HuffPo spokesman Mario Ruiz in a statement:
The Huffington Post is committed to fostering a lively and often provocative debate about the issues of the day and encourages a wide range of voices from all perspectives to participate. Andrew Brietbart’s ad hominem attack on Van Jones in The Daily Caller — right down to calling him a “commie punk” and “a cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak” — violates the tenets of debate and civil discourse we have strived for since the day we launched. As a result, we will no longer feature his posts on the front page.
Progressives have been none-too-pleased with Andrew Breitbart’s sudden appearance on the Huffington Post earlier this month. But it looks as if the conservative agitator will be on the site for the long haul. HuffPo spokesman Mario Ruiz talked to the Washington Post about Breitbart.
From the beginning, The Huffington Post has welcomed voices from all sides of the political spectrum, including conservatives such as Newt Gingrich, Frank Luntz, Tom Coburn, Laura Ingraham, Bob Barr, George Pataki, David Frum, Byron York, Mary Matalin, and Ken Blackwell. The idea being that dialogue — from a wide range of perspectives — is preferable to silence. The fact that Andrew Breitbart’s first post on our site drew over 1,635 comments, conducted in a civil manner, seems to validate the premise and the decision to publish his blog post.
The Newspaper Guild, representing 26,000 media-workers across the country, will be joining Visual Arts Source publisher Bill Lasarow in his boycott of the Huffington Post. In a statement released last week declaring the boycott, the guild announced, “We feel it is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing. It is unethical to cannibalize the investment of other organizations that bear the cost of compensation and other overhead without payment for the usage of their content. It is extremely unethical to not merely blur but eradicate the distinction between the independent and informed voice of news and opinion and the voice of a shill.”
The guild is asking writers to stop contributing to HuffPo for free and for readers to avoid crossing the “electronic picket line” by visiting the site. Like Lasarow, the guild demands a pay schedule for all bloggers, as well as that “paid promotional material must no longer be posted alongside editorial content.”
The Newspaper Guild recently launched a campaign urging Arianna Huffington to share her $315 million windfall by paying contributors. In the spirit of open dialogue, Huffington Post spokesman Mario Ruiz responded to the campaign with a letter to the Newspaper Guild president. It was good of HuffPo to reach out, except Ruiz inexplicably addressed Guild president Bernie Lunzer as “Bill.”
From: Mario Ruiz
Date: Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 9:43 PM
Subject: huffington post pr reaching out
To: [Bernie Lunzer]
Dear Bill [sic],
As SVP of Media Relations at The Huffington Post, I wanted to reach out to you as we’ve become aware of your campaign targeting HuffPost for being unfair to journalists. We couldn’t agree more with your goal of ensuring journalists are paid for their work. It’s why HuffPost has 143 editors, writers, and reporters on our edit team. But we feel there’s a critical distinction between our editors and reporters and the people who contribute to our group blog.
Mario Ruiz, SVP of media relations at Huffington Post gave us a statement regarding the critiques from the media about Huffington Post’s business model. Specifically, not paying freelancers.
Ruiz tells FishbowlLA:
The vast majority of our bloggers understand the value of having a platform that reaches a very large audience. People blog on HuffPost for free for the same reason they go on cable TV shows every night for free – because they are passionate about their ideas, want them to be heard by the largest possible audience, and understand the value that that kind of visibility can bring (the visibility of being on HuffPost has led to our bloggers being invited on TV to discuss their posts, to paid speeches, to book deals, to a TV show – Greg Gutfeld claims he was offered his Fox show because of his writing on HuffPost). So why isn’t there an uprising calling for the heads of Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Bill O’Reilly, Joy Behar, et al? Our bloggers are free to write for HuffPost – or not write for HuffPost. They can write as often as like they like or as little as they like. So, please, enough with the sweatshop and slave ship metaphors – they are ridiculous and offensive.
Courtesy of a kindly tipster, we get this glimpse of the way Huffington Post runs its free content ship. What you see here a HuffPo moderator page, with directives from senior staff posted in red.
Anything stand out? Let’s zoom in.
That might explain the skepticism that greets declarations of commitments to diversity from HuffPost and others that won’t say exactly how diverse they are. They don’t seem to believe that the old Ronald Reagan line — “Trust but verify” — applies to them.
Asked to name the one or two staffers in last month’s photo who appeared to be African American, Mario Ruiz, spokesman for the operation, replied by e-mail, “sorry, cant identify folks for you.”
The photo Prince is referring to, shown top left of this post, is from a recent HuffPo holiday party. Awfully pale indeed.
Arianna is on vacation until the end of next week, so that’s why you haven’t heard back from her. But in answer to your question, The Huffington Post pays its editors and staff writers, of whom there are now more than 60, but not its bloggers, of whom there are over 3,000. While not paid, they have no deadlines or quotas. The bloggers are posting their opinion, and do so as often or as infrequently as they like because they value the large audience and prominent platform which HuffPost provides them. The site continues to expand and has recently hired additional writers and editors.
Which is verbatim what Huffington has said in other interviews. So we didn’t think it was particularly remarkable. Just repeating the party line. We’ve said in the past, newspapers (those with the circulation of Huffpo) when they print op/eds they pay for them. Those writers don’t have a deadline or quotas. It’s just giving their opinions. It’s not like Huffpo commenters are asking for cash. It’s the content providers. We think its a little self-hating to not pay writers when you’ve written several books. It’s also a precedent. People don’t need an excuse to not pay writers, yet now they have a big one. “Huffington Post doesn’t pay you, why should we?”
Anyway, we neglected to post the response we got. Then we got this email from Ruiz:
hey, will you be including my response so it doesnt look like we havent gotten back to you? thanks … Its important that our side be presented as a response
Okay. We’ve posted it. The whole idea is a little like saying strippers just really like dancing. They’re getting exercise and a ‘platform’ to perform, they like hanging out at the club – why would we pay them? They should be paying us for the ‘exposure’. “Good looking chicks like that should have no problems paying the rent.” Ahem.
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