‘go ahead, go on strike’

Arianna Huffington with her good buddy Darrell Issa in Las Vegas

The Wrap: Arianna Huffington scoffed at a group of unpaid Huffington Post contributors that announced on Wednesday they would stop contributing content to the site, weeks after its $315 million sale to AOL was announced.

Huffington, speaking alongside AOL chief Tim Armstrong at PaidContent’s 2011 Conference in New York, dismissed the notion that all bloggers should be paid, given the wide platform HuffPo gives them.

She argued that blogging on the Huffington Post is equivalent to going on Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart or the “Today” show to promote their ideas.

And, she said, there are plenty of people willing to take their place if they do. “The idea of going on strike when no one really notices,” Huffington said. “Go ahead, go on strike.”

The controversy arose after writers for the websites ArtScene and Visual Art Source , which had been contributing content to the Huffington Post for free since 2010, refuse to contribute additional material to the site unless they got paid. They are asking for a pay schedule and requesting that promotional material no longer be published alongside editorial content.

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11 Responses to “‘go ahead, go on strike’”

  1. 1 sherijr
    March 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    But but this is Ms. Almighty Progressive Leader. Arianna Huffington=REPUBLICAN. Anyone that hasn’t figured her out yet .. I don’t know, I do not like blaming victims, but good grief- how nekked does this ’emporer(ess)’ need to be for people to get her? I hope they do strike, I hope no blogger will work for her or for her new best friends AOL.. but I ain’t holding my breath either. But at least I hope they’ll stop pretending they’re writing for some ‘liberal’ blog. puhleeze.

  2. March 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Arianna has always bothered me when she came on Keith’s show because of her immobile face. Too many face lifts play havoc with one’s facial expression. I mean, that besides the fact that her opinions were such vague attempts to keep to the meme without going out on a limb.

    Arrogance comes with money, and she’s always had plenty of money on hand from her Republican husband. Now she has more. Well, good for her. I hope she enjoys it. Now perhaps we can stop valuing her opinions as though she’s made a name for herself as a selfless activist. For instance, like WhatISWorking, Chipsticks, blackwaterdog, Electablog, and others.

    Those writers going “on strike” should switch to the upcoming The only adult in the room and The Obama Diaries and others where they’d be appreciated. Or Salon, for instance. Or even Slate.

    • 3 Dorothy Rissman
      March 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Joan, you raise an interesting point. I wonder what KO thinks about her now? When I watched KO, I would mute the screen every time she was on because I could not stand to listen to her drivel.

  3. 4 Sonjia Duncan
    March 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    It seems everyone has a con and the wide eyed political on HuffNPuff really got conned. Now maybe they will take a hard look at what they were really standing up for and against. My Dad always told me when you give your work away for free people place 0 value on it.

  4. 5 Kelly
    March 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Fake liberal is fake. I have despised her for ages and again my intuition prevails. I feel bad for those that fell for game.

    • 6 Sue in Minnesota
      March 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      We ignore our intuition at our own peril….at a very minimum we need to be aware of it, recognizing the signals it sends prompting us to seek more information. But that requires self-awareness.

      I am with the group that left Huffington Post a long, long, time ago. Arianna has always impressed me as being opportunistic, and someone whose presumed “political expertise” challenged my own concepts of credibility.
      I also agree that before we can expect someone else to value us, and by extension what we do, we must first value ourselves. In a business enviornment that means being compensated for your contributions, so Sonjia I think your Dad was spot on.

    • 7 Dorothy Rissman
      March 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      You bet she is fake. I guess the REAL Arianna has taken off her mask and revealed the horror that she is.

    • 8 meta
      March 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      She has always struck me as an opportunist. I remember when she was trying to run for Governor of our state. One word: UGH.

  5. 9 Pinkbunny
    March 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    What a self serving two faced witch!!!!

  6. 11 Fred
    March 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I really despise this woman. Part of that professional left. In her case I don’t believe it for a second. She hangs out with republicans and used to be one herself. Nothing but a wolf in sheeps clothing.

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