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Huffo Responds About Bloggers (Not) Getting Paid

huffpobloggersindex.pngMichelle Haimoff posting a piece on Huffington Post, eloquently laying out a clever way for bloggers on the site to get paid for their work.

We posted it. Emailed Arianna Huffington about it. And then got this responce from Mario Ruiz:

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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