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Posts Tagged ‘Arianna Huffington’

Huffington Post Launches Chipotle Site

The Huffington Post has a page/vertical for almost everything you can imagine, so why not give one to Chipotle? Okay, it’s not exactly a Chipotle site; HuffPost is calling it “Food for Thought.” But it might as well be one giant ad for the fast food chain. Everywhere you look — including the introduction by Arianna Huffington — Chipotle is mentioned.

At the top of the launch page, there’s a logo that reads “Food for Thought, in partnership with Chipotle.” That logo is found again in Huffington’s piece, but somehow she still feels the need to lead the article off with “I’m delighted to announce Food For Thought, a new HuffPost section in partnership with Chipotle.” Chipotle, Chipotle, Chipotle!

Oh, and that’s not all. Huffington includes a quote from Mark Crumpacker, Chipotle’s CMO who also happens to write for the site, in her piece. According to Huffington, the Food for Thought page was a natural fit for HuffPost.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Greenwald Moves On | Huffington’s Payout | Vox Raises $34 Million


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Glenn Greenwald Will Leave The Guardian to Create New News Organization (BuzzFeed)
Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and blogger who brought The Guardian the biggest scoop of the decade, is departing the London-based news organization, for a brand-new, large-scale, broadly focused media outlet, he told BuzzFeed Tuesday. Greenwald, 46, published revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about the extent of American and British domestic spying and about officials’ deception about its scope. NYT In a statement on his website, Greenwald did not say where he was going. “I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline,” Greenwald wrote on his blog Tuesday evening. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Greenwald was careful not to divulge any telltale details about the organization, saying only that it would have outposts in New York, Washington and San Francisco. As to its headquarters, we asked Greenwald whether any consideration had been given to locating it outside of the United States, given the legal sensitivity of the reporting he has done in recent months. He declined to answer, but noted that it’s an “important and good question.” Reuters Two sources familiar with the new venture said the financial backer was eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. It was not immediately clear if he was the only backer or if there were other partners. Omidyar could not immediately be reached for comment. Omidyar, who is chairman of the board at eBay Inc but is not involved in day-to-day operations at the company, has numerous philanthropic, business and political interests, mainly through an investment entity called the Omidyar Network. FishbowlNY BuzzFeed reporter Ben Smith’s exclusive ends with this tantalizing sentence from Greenwald: “When people hear what it is, there is almost no journalist who would say no to it.” The departing Guardian star also says that a “fair number” of people have been hired already.

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Court Document Reveals Details of Arianna’s AOL Windfall

So it was nowhere near $100 million, the loosely reported territory that had many unpaid Huffington Post bloggers seeing red at the time of the site’s acquisition by AOL. Still, for Arianna Huffington, the February 2011 transaction amounted to some very nice Brentwood trickle-down.

TheSmokingGunLogoPer a nine-page internal AOL document filed in court and obtained by The Smoking Gun, Huffington scored around $21 million when AOL purchased HuffPo. Eighteen million in cash and the rest in the form of AOL stock options with a 20-month vesting period:

Additionally, her employment agreement – which was then being negotiated – called for Huffington to receive another $3 million in equity grants (stock options and restricted stock units)…

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Sprechen Sie Huffington Post?

That’s now a very legitimate question in Germany, Austria and Switzerland thanks to the official launch today in Munich of The Huffington Post’s latest international vertical.

Pressekonferenz Huffington Post im Literaturhaus in MŸnchen am 10.10.2013

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@HuffPoSpoilers Has Some Suggestions for Arianna

There’s a pretty funny open letter today in LA Weekly. It’s by Alex Mizrahi (pictured), the cheeky operator of the popular Twitter feed @HuffPoSpoilers, and is addressed to Arianna Huffington.

Mizrahi launched his feed in 2012 as an exasperated response to the click-bait tactics of The Huffington Post’s main Twitter account. His musings have gained a lot of traction this year and, after attending the Weekly‘s recent Web Awards in Los Angeles, the New York-based Mizrahi felt it was a good time to go beyond 140 characters:

You employ some very smart and talented social media editors with personality and character on their personal Twitter feeds, yet @HuffingtonPost manages to be the lowest of Lowest Common Denominators, relying on the words and phrases so worn-out and bland they’ve been stripped of any meaning. Ever realize how many things are the best/worst/biggest/cutest/most [adjective] EVER?…

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Arianna Cuts the Ribbon at HuffPost Hawaii

Another day, another impressive HuffPost vertical.

In her announcement post celebrating the debut of Huffington Post Hawaii, site founder Arianna Huffington highlights a most impressive lynchpin. In this case, HuffPost is partnered with an outfit named the best news site in Hawaii for the past three years by the Society of Professional Journalists:

We are delighted to be partnering with Honolulu Civil Beat, a beacon of journalism in Hawaii focusing on public affairs and investigative reporting, with deep roots in the local culture. In its three years, Civil Beat has committed itself to the mission of its founder, Pierre Omidyar – who also founded eBay – and has created a “a vibrant civic square.”

They’ve published investigations of topics ranging from the condition of Waikiki’s iconic Ala Wai Canal to police disciplinary files and why they are kept secret from the public. And their investigative series on the skyrocketing costs of school bus contracts prompted state officials to revamp the way contracts are handled. This is real impact journalism.

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HuffPost Editor Recalls Impromptu Arianna Job Interview

At age 27, Laura Schocker is happily ahead of the NYC journalism career schedule she envisioned after graduating from the Medill School.

In short order over the past few years, she has progressed from freelancing, to editorial assistant at The Knot, to editorial assistant at Prevention magazine, to associate and now managing editor of The Huffington Post’s Healthy Living section. In an interview with the Altoona Mirror, Schocker remembers how fortuitously the HuffPost opportunity came about:

Schocker said she was at a press event when she met an editor for The Huffington Post and later that day, she was in the HuffPost office interviewing for a job.

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HuffPost Ending Anonymous Comments


The Huffington Post’s comments section is a wasteland of idiocy, punctuated by the occasional worthwhile note. In an effort to curb the former, Arianna Huffington has announced that the site will stop allowing readers to comment anonymously.

As Gigaom reports, HuffPost already uses an algorithm and 40 moderators to try and keep comments sane, but that hasn’t been working. Huffington said at a conference in Boston that it was time to take things further.

“Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier and I just came from London where there are rape and death threats. I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity. We need to evolve a platform to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet.”

A noble idea. Too bad there’s no such thing as “the grown-up Internet.”

Arianna Huffington Responds to Mayor’s LAT Suggestion

During a half-hour Wednesday sit-down with HuffPost Live Los Angeles co-host Jacob Soboroff, newly minted mayor elect Eric Garcetti at one point made a funny throwaway observation. Instead of Rupert, Charles/David or Eli, how about Arianna Huffington as the new owner of the LA Times, he mused.

FishbowlNY put in a request today to HP-HQ for Arianna’s reaction, but she {sniff} opted for the broader pulpit of Twitter:

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Arianna Huffington Reveals ‘Incontrovertible’ Bedroom Policy

You might think that something called the Aspen Ideas Festival – and anyone invited to speak at it – resides figuratively far from the problems of the daily masses. But apparently not.

Per the New York Observer‘s Jordan Valinsky, Arianna Huffington had this to say on opening night about the issue of bringing Smartphones, iPads and the like to bed:

After bragging that she only has “real books” in her bed, Ms. Huffington said she has eliminated electronics from her bedroom and that decision is “incontrovertible…”

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