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Arianna Huffington Fires Back at Bill Keller

To quote kids these days: Oh, it’s on now.

Earlier FishbowlNY told you about the scathing Bill Keller piece on aggregation that attacked The Huffington Post and Arianna Huffington. He fired first, and now Huffington has shot right back. She starts with slamming the New York Times’ web traffic as it compares to the Huff Post, and gets stronger from there:

I wonder what site he’s been looking at. Not ours, as even a casual look at HuffPost will show. Even before we merged with AOL, HuffPost had 148 full-time editors, writers, and reporters engaged in the serious, old-fashioned work of traditional journalism. As long ago as 2009, Frank Rich praised the work of our reporters in his column. Paul Krugman more recently singled out the work of our lead finance writer.Columbia Journalism Review has credited our work for advancing the public’s understanding of the national foreclosure crisis, and a pair of our Washington reporters recently received a major journalism prize. Matthew Yglesias, Felix SalmonCatherine Rampell, are among the many others who have cited the work of our reporters. Did Keller not notice that?

And on the subject that prompted her reply – Keller’s assertion that she copied something he once told a panel – Huffington nails him with specific quotes, showing that he was the one who was actually quoting her.

If anyone can take on Keller it’s Huffington, and we’re glad she did.

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