Amidst the news of AOL's purchase of HuffPost, and its retention of Arianna to be in control of all its content and "news," one question has not yet been asked... or answered:
Will AOL also allow her to continue to use the front page of her self-proclaimed "Internet newspaper" for her self-worship, as she has for the past several years?Let's examine this question in a broader context.
Imagine if one day, you received a copy of a real newspaper like the Washington Post, and plastered all over its front page was pictures of its top executive, Katherine Weymouth, and notices of all her most recent public utterances. Imagine also that the front page contained numerous references to a new book that she had written, and solicitations for speaking engagements.
You'd probably wonder, "Is this a 'newspaper,' or a vanity site operated by a 14-year-old with Narcisstic Personality Disorder?"
But this would not happen, for several reasons: First, the Post's board of directors wouldn't stand for it. Second, its advertisers would be screaming from the rooftops, because circulation would nosedive as the general public laughed uproariously at the Post's chutzpah for calling itself a "newspaper."
The Huffington Post, however, has been transformed from something loosely resembling an online "newspaper," into to a vehicle that is increasingly devoted to perpetuating Arianna Huffington's narcissism, and cult-of personality.
Below are some of the many examples that we and our spotters have captured over the past year:
General self-worship; using HuffPost's front page to tout "everything Arianna"
Dec. 2009: In a year-end tribute to her big-bank advertisers, Arianna used HuffPost's front page to urge her readers to stop doing business with them, via her "Move Your Money" campaign
The following was HuffPost's splash headline for December 31, 2009:
And when you clicked through to the story page, here's what came up --- note the Bank of America advertisements at the top and right margin:
At this time, just as now, many major financial institutions were advertising at HuffPost.
Ironically, it was only several weeks before this that HuffPost started its "jihad" against BofA, which took the form of:
- Numerous malicious libels --- such as HuffPost's allegation that BofA "fired" an employee for "helping" a customer (right).
- HuffPost's apparent collusion with, and shilling for SEIU political terrorists who stormed the home of a BofA executive, terrifying his 14-year-old son (1, 2, 3, 4).
And out of curiosity: Did Arianna deposit the $18 million check she reportedly got from AOL into a "community bank," as she advocated others do... or into one of the big, evil banks that she railed against? Or was this another example of her glaring hypocrisy?
Sept. 2010: Arianna launched her "Third World America" book, and propaganda campaign --- all over HuffPost's front page
We assume AOL went into its purchase of HuffPost with its eyes wide-open, and that it was aware of the fact that HuffPost:
- Is the Internet's largest inciter and tolerator of hate against Israel and Jews, the U.S. military, the Tea Party, and conservative individuals and organizations
- Is notorious for using inflammatory, false and misleading headlines that could only serve to incite hatred against these "enemies"
- Enables, protects and emboldens radical leftist users to violate its comment policy in the most egregious ways imaginable --- including to post open threats and solicitations of murder --- in response to this incitement
The question is, will AOL also allow her to use its front page to publicize her every utterance, media appearance and pontification? For the $4 million it is reportedly paying her per year, one might think that they'd actually get a "news" site that's devoted primarily to... news.
Except, whoops... as we documented here last week, "news" was apparently never the mission of HuffPost; it was, rather, to "rebuild the Democratic Party," and to help liberals win elections.
Oh dear, AOL. What exactly is it that you just spent nearly a third of a billion dollars of your stockholders' money on?