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Arianna Celebrates Major HuffPost Milestone

For Arianna Huffington, a comScore traffic report can sometimes be much more than a simple amalgamation of numbers. Per a memo circulated today to staff, it is also in some instances a flashpoint for a wave of prideful memories about how her company started and has grown.

HuffPosters,

Huffington-Post-150x150Today I’m delighted to share the news of a major HuffPost milestone: in August we reached 115 million global unique visitors – the first time we’ve surpassed 100 million UVs on comScore – making us the #1 news site in the United States. (Our internal numbers, at 368 million UVs, are of course much higher) So much for the dog days of summer! August was also the fourth consecutive month HuffPost was recognized as the largest publisher on Facebook – with more than double the social actions of the second-largest publisher. In every significant growth area of the media business – social and mobile and video and native and global – HuffPost continues to lead the way.

I have to say, this news made me a lot more emotional than a comScore stat usually does. It’s the same feeling I get when I walk into our newsroom and see how a group of five has become a teeming team of hundreds – or when I visit one of our 11 flourishing international editions. It’s a lump-in-the-throat combination of gratitude and amazement; of satisfaction at what we’ve accomplished and surprise at how fast it all happened; of nostalgia for the early days when we celebrated every small spike in traffic and a delight in knowing that our best days, without question, still lie ahead.

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Being Arianna | Timberlake’s Tequila | Futuristic Makeup

SamSteinAriannaImpressionFishbowlDC: Right out of the goofy gate, Huffington Post political reporter Sam Stein (pictured) has set the impression bar medium-high with his reading of a brief passage from Arianna Huffington‘s book Thrive. Our suggestion for this week’s fun derby: Play around with the phrase “You’ve got mail!”

Agency Spy: Piccadilly Curtains sounds like something a person who’s had a few too many tequilas would come up with. But it is in fact the name of the director for Justin Timberlake’s new premium brand promo.

3D Printing Industry: This week’s jaw-dropping 3D print concept comes from serial entrepreneur Grace Choi. The Mink will retail for around $300 and be able to crank out foundation, eye shadow and makeup powder.

Obama Presser: ‘Sam Stein, Huffington Post — Where’s Sam?’

s-PRESSER-large.jpgThose of you watching President Barack Obama‘s first national press conference last night — and due to the blanket press coverage it was hard to miss — may have done a small double take when the President called on Sam Stein of The Huffington Post for a question. Considering the President only made time for 13 questions, and those left out included the Wall St Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek, the selection (journalists had been pre-selected by the White House) turned some heads. But hey, it’s supposed to be the Internet presidency right! And anyway, Stein asked a good question (in full after the jump).

We caught up with Stein, who in our opinion was remarkably composed last night, and asked him what it was like to be thrust into the Obama presser klieg lights.

I think this underscores just how far new media has come. I can’t pretend that it wasn’t great to be called on by the President. But I think this says more about the how journalism has changed and evolved. And, I should add, there are tons of other online reporters that deserve the chance (more than I probably did) to pose questions to the president.

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Online Media Reaches the MSM Inner Circle

goldring.jpgThere are varying degrees on mainstream media recognition, and we’ve noted a number of times over the course of the last few months how the blogosphere has been infiltrating traditional media. In fact, today’s Times features a Style section trend piece about the arrival of the “year of the political blogger.” But all this pales in comparison to today’s HuffPo mention in Maureen Dowd‘s (super sharp) Sunday op-ed column about how the McCain camp has exhausted their candidate’s POW history.

As Sam Stein notes in The Huffington Post: “The senator has even brought his military record into discussion of his music tastes. Explaining that his favorite song was ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba, he offered that his knowledge of music ‘stopped evolving when his plane intercepted a surface-to-air missile.’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ however, was produced in 1975, eight years after McCain’s plane was shot down.”

HuffPo Profiles Kathleen Sebelius

s-SEBELIUS-large.jpgSam Stein wants you to know more about possible Barack Obama running mate Kathleen Sebelius, so do him a favor and read his blog post, won’t you?

Edwards’ Videographer Reille Hunter, aka Lisa Druck, Dated Jay McInerney

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FBLA got cranky emails when we posted about Rielle Hunter, the filmmaker for the John Edwards campaign. We knew there was a story there, and Mickey Kaus agrees. The National Enquirer has something, too. Wonkette rather disingenuously assures us that there’s nothing to see. Radosh thinks there is.

Sam Stein is back with more info at HuffPo. The faithful are appalled.

Hunter’s old website has been found, too. And as Stein reports:

On the deleted pages, the 44-year-old Hunter (formerly known as Lisa Druck) discusses her former hard partying days, her search for enlightenment, and her issues with drugs and debt. There is a 2005 interview she did with one-time boyfriend Jay McInerney, in which the celebrated novelist reveals that Hunter was the basis for Alison Poole, the main character of his book, Story of My Life.

Hunter/Druck’s alleged former drug use isn’t relevant to her work for the Edwards campaign, of course. But why, with all the USC/NYU/UCLA grads begging for work, did he hire this nobody? And why have those videos disappeared?

Earlier:
Rielle Hunter Shows the Real John Edwards

Rielle Hunter Shows the Real John Edwards

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Out of a couple of thousand (conservative estimate) unemployed film grads loitering around, the only one the John Edwards campaign could find is Rielle Hunter? They met in a bar, which sounds weird, but who knows? She sold him on the idea of webisodes to show the country the “real John Edwards”.

Sam Stein writes about the disappearance of the Hunter-Edwards oeuvre from the web. The Daily Kos readers are very upset with Stein and for good measure, Arianna.

The mini docs. cost the campaign a total of $100,000 and the only one remaining to view has Edwards telling us he’s not a “plastic Ken doll”. Money well spent!

Don’t forget, this is the guy who dumped bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan when things got too sticky.