HuffPo Bloggers go on Strike - Arianna says "no one notices" to strikers

@Rollo1 (16651)
Boston, Massachusetts
March 9, 2011 7:51am CST
While the pages of the Huffington Post are filled with articles supporting the unions in Wisconsin and battering Governor Scott Walker, there is another strike they are not covering at all. In fact, they've even deleted posts specifically referencing this strike. Why? Because the strikers are authors and contributors to the Huffington Post. Recently Arianna Huffington made headlines when AOL purchased the HuffPo for $315 million. At the time, many wondered what sort of compensation Huffington would offer all those dedicated contributors who go unpaid, but whose content most assuredly contributed to its success and hence, its high value and selling price. With no offers coming forward and no intention of revenue-sharing being stated, those contributors went on strike. Huffington’s awareness of the strike was confirmed by her statement at a conference Thursday when she said, “Go ahead, go on strike.” She also criticized “the idea of going on strike when no one really notices.” Asked about reports that the Huffington Post was engaging in censorship by removing posts about the strike, Lasarow confirmed that his organization had its strike notice deleted. “The only thing I know is that we did send in a posting of the strike notice,” he said. The post was, according to Lasarow, “immediately removed.” What is going on here? Could it be that Arianna (I was a conservative when I married my rich husband whose money and name I still use but then became a liberal to make even more money) Huffington is a hypocrite? http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/09/huffington-post-contributors-aim-to-expand-strike-as-their-concerns-are-dismissed-by-company/#ixzz1G6rkZa00
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
9 Mar 11
I can't recall her words enough to even paraphrase her, primarily because I don't listen to her that often. So I won't attempt to put words in her mouth. But a few years ago when HuffPo was just finding its stride in the mainstream, and when Bill Maher wasn't insulting women and teenage girls and calling over a hundred million Americans disgusting names (he was still an a-hole though; just funnier), I used to check out the show on HBO every Friday and Huffington's views were quite clear when she'd sit there grumbling. I'm allowing my mind to imagine Rush Limbaugh's blog. I don't know if he has one. I don't listen to nor have a great deal of respect for the guy. But I'm imaging a world in which Rush sold his blog for over a quarter-billion and hounded the money like the right-wing greedmonger he is. Huffington would probably lead the charge in calling for him to share that wealth and to "fairly" compensate those bloggers whose talents were lended for free to make the blog profitable. She'd be speaking at rallies about how this is yet another example of the greedy capitalist pigs in America devaluaing work done for them. She'd probably reference the bloggers as slaves and Rush the slavemaster. So, marry to get rich. Exploit (in a bad way, enabling lies and hatred) people to get rich. Don't give anything back. Mark the calendar for next week to fly privately to Ohio to make a speech about America needing wealth redistribution and for workers to be treated more fairly. I probably do not agree with any of these bloggers striking. Some of them are probably some nasty and meanspirited basement-dwellers who sweat and panic when taking the trash out. But I think they should get some of the money. The people who make the company what it is deserve compensation for any merger or any buyout. A "blog" is no different at all. It's not like these people were simply traffic. They are why the traffic arrives. They are the content providers. And working online for going on four years now, content is king, far, far beyond any catchy name. Bestnameonearth.com is worthless it's sitting there with blank pages. Someone might say "Oh, that's a great name, how about $3 million for it?" Sure. But that's not close to $315. Legally, if they weren't contracted to do the work and volunteered, then I personally wouldn't fuss that they should be paid. That is what it is. But it's awfully amusing that Huffington wouldn't share her now incredibly enormous wealth with individuals who helped make it. Maybe she'll throw them all some loot and make me eat crow. It doesn't sound like she will though.
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• United States
9 Mar 11
Forgot to mention something about these "volunteer" bloggers: They also fill up the net with links necessary for traffic to make its way. And on top of that, popular posters on popular blogs help to drive keyword trends for everyone else in the business, so the blog profits even more from good contributors, especially those who hammer phrases home constantly and create a niche within the niche. They develop a cycle of constant brand new traffic from a thousand different avenues - the reason AOL drools over it.
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
9 Mar 11
Seems to me that it is easy to sell out even for a altuistic liberal. Sad to say it is human nature. But what riles me is that most of the common everyday liberal American is convinced that the progressive liberal leadership has their best interests at heart. This holds true for those that follow ANY party line without question. Huffington's sell out is BIG though, and hard to deny.
• United States
9 Mar 11
Well, to her sudden switch, I'd dare to say that she has a much better audience espousing the virtues of big-government redistribution. Were she to campaign for common sense government, personal responsibility and the like, she wouldn't have much of a platform at all. You need an actual good idea and talent--or for the left to absoultely hate you--to break through on the right. The mainstream celebrity culture sways toward Chavez. If you want to be in that circle and reap those benefits, you better be ready to blame America and eat the rich to get rich. On that side of the aisle, all these hate hubs are semi-famous. Standing alone, though, they blend in and usually need propping up for someone like Soros to compete. The HuffPo was the place where the average guy got to rant away about damn near anything. So she's certainly not the reason it became lucrative. And, if she's really true to the principles she seems to cling to these days, she will compensate her loyal contributors for their hard work. What does she stand for if not for that, I wonder?
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
9 Mar 11
I'm eager to see the many liberals on this site that worship the Huffington Post and constantly treat it like some sort of reputable source instead of a blog. Heck, on another forum (not mylot) someone called me an idiot for telling them it was a blog. Of course I was then called a racist, anti-muslim fascist, and other things that left wing extremists love to scream, but I digress. Simply put, they were volunteers and are owed nothing. I've volunteered for many different organizations. They've all been non-profit so they can't really be sold, but if they were to be sold, I wouldn't be whining about how my contribution was so great that I should get some profit. I worked for free and I knew exactly what I was doing. I was never under any illusion that I would be financially rewarded for the organization's success no matter how well I did. I did hope that my volunteering would lead to a paying job, which in a few cases it did, but that's a different thing entirely. Since most of their bloggers are left wing extremists who are all for this wealth redistribution crap, I can at least give them credit for holding her accountable. If that's the agenda she supports than she's a hypocrite for not distributing her own wealth to the contributors of her site.
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@Rollo1 (16651)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Mar 11
They did volunteer and knew their contributions would be unpaid. They did it for "the cause". But instead of recognizing their contributions, Huffington has been dismissive and unconcerned. She has benefited from their donated time and writings and now doesn't even allow them to post their grievances or address them in any way other than to laugh at their efforts. One could hope that these bloggers will now see the real nature of the left they so idealize, but it's probably not going to happen. She's concerned about redistribution of wealth alright, she wants as much redistributed to her as possible.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
10 Mar 11
For me strike is not the only reason to success of life if it is with not the blessing of Jehovah God then your life is full of thief in the government.