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Four days ago, on July 28, MarketWatch reported in "Huffington Magic Evaporates" that AOL's stock had hit a 52-week low. This chart from Yahoo!Finance puts AOL's stock price since purchasing HuffPost into context:
So, did a senior AOL executive actually order Arianna to do something to goose HuffPost's traffic, as the headline of this article implies? We have no evidence of it.
But judging by what Arianna decided to make HuffPost's splash headline today (Monday, August 1) --- one of the most consequential days of the year (debt crisis) --- certainly gives indication that someone with pull at AOL might have put a burr under her rather ample, gilded saddle:
If you click that link, you can read the titillating account of how 70 year old men are paying big dollars for sex with 24 year old "college girls" --- who, with all their "education," apparently never heard of "jobs," or other ways to make money, without becoming prostitutes.
Look at Arianna, for example. She just walked away with an estimated $100 million payday from AOL for being the Western world's #1 Internet-based inciter of hate against the U.S. military, Israel and Jews, the Tea Party and conservative individuals and organizations (details here). And if these "college girls" would have asked nicely, perhaps Arianna would have given them $250,000 of company money, like when she chartered a fleet of tour buses to transport people from New York to Washington, DC, for her co-sponsored "Return To Sanity" rally (more here).
But leave it to Arianna to play these "college girls" up as victims.
Weren't there any other titillating stories that Arianna could have posted as splash headlines today, that have at least some relevance to the American people's interests at the moment?
Yes, there were. For example:
From (gasp!) Glenn Beck's site, The Blaze:
Horrific Video Captures the Reported ‘Ramadan Massacre’ in Syria
BEIRUT (The Blaze/AP) — Syrian security forces shelled the city of Hama in the second day of a fierce assault aimed at crushing the anti-government protests against President Bashar Assad’s regime. (Read our earlier report on the violence)
Less than 24 hours after government raids left at least 70 people dead and possibly many more, troops backed by tanks renewed their attempt to subdue Hama, a center of the revolt against the Assad family’s rule. One video posted on YouTube purported to show the tanks in the city:
[...] More than 1,600 civilians have been killed in the crackdown on the largely peaceful protests against Assad’s regime since the uprising began in mid-March. But the regime disputes the toll and blames a foreign conspiracy for the unrest, saying religious extremists – not true reform-seekers – are behind it.
But given Arianna's persistent journalistic jihad against Beck, that certainly wasn't worth reporting.
Especially as one of her favorite politicos, Dennis Kucinich --- who also happens to be a HuffPost front-page blogger --- just returned from Syria, where he claimed with a straight face that dear old Basher Assad, Syria's mass-murdering dictator, was getting a bad rap.
Ironically, there is some symmetry to the Kucinich fiasco and the "SEX ED" headline: A few years ago, Kucinich married a woman less than half his age --- she was 27, he was 58. And in further irony, Media Matters rushed to defend the Congressman when Beck pondered whether Kucinich's young bride was under the influence of rophenol when he proposed to her.
Arianna also could have chosen to run this item, from Trevor Loudon, intrepid America-loving blogger from New Zealand:
(Forbes) NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.But acknowledging that would make it unnecessary for the U.S. government to spend tens of billions a year to promote the global warming myth.
So of course, that was of no interest to Arianna.
Arianna also could have chosen to run this item, from today's Washington Times:
Biden collects rent from Secret Service; $2,200 a month for cottage useAlso keep in mind that aside from being a serial plagiarizer, Biden is also the least-charitable Vice President we've ever had:
Since April, Mr. Biden has collected more than $13,000 from the agency charged with protecting him and his family for use of a rental cottage adjacent to the waterfront home he owns in a Wilmington, Del., suburb.
Mr. Biden, listed not as vice president in federal purchasing documents but as a “vendor,” is eligible for up to $66,000 by the time the government contract expires in the fall of 2013, the records show.
Officials say the arrangement came about when a previous tenant moved out of the cottage and the Secret Service moved in.
Biden's earnings, and charitable contributions, according to an analysis by National Review:Ah, but that would embarrass the sidekick to one of the only three people in the world that Arianna claims she text-messages: Barack Obama.
1998 Adjusted Gross Income $215,432 Charity donation $195
1999 Adjusted Gross Income $210,797 Charity donation $120
2000 Adjusted Gross Income $219,953 Charity donation $360
2001 Adjusted Gross Income $220,712 Charity donation $360
2002 Adjusted Gross Income $227,811 Charity donation $260
2003 Adjusted Gross Income $231,375 Charity donation $260
2004 Adjusted Gross Income $234,271 Charity donation $380
2005 Adjusted Gross Income $321,379 Charity donation $380
2006 Adjusted Gross Income $248,459 Charity donation $380
2007 Adjusted Gross Income $319,853 Charity donation $995
Total Adjusted Gross Income $2,450,042 Charity donation $3,690
Between 1998 and 2007, Biden made over $2.4 million.
He donated only $3,700, slightly over 1/100 of a single percent, to charity.
That's okay. We can all rest assured that Arianna, who reportedly claims she is "the future of journalism" is doing just fine. After all, she presides over HuffPost -- the #1 most-read blog on Earth, a top-ten U.S. “news” site and “a top-10 current events and global news site” --- and is also now in charge of all of AOL's "content."
What could go wrong?
"AOL's acquisition of HuffPost has allowed us... to continue to change the culture here."
--- Tim Armstrong, Chairman, AOL, the genius who bought HuffPost and put Arianna in charge of all "news" and "content" --- May 14, 2011
We have no doubt of that, Timmeh.
UPDATE AUG. 1, 3:00PM: HuffPost finally demotes "SEX ED" headline to second-tier, puts debt crisis as #1
Apparently someone on the AOL board saw the above and got even more enraged. Poor Arianna.
But at least her actions today did tend to juice traffic: the "SEX ED" screaming headline generated nearly 6,000 comments. And note the even juicer picture, of a sexy, shapely, headless girl sitting on a bed.
How ironic that today, Arianna also unveiled HuffPost Women --- which she billed as "a place where women can come to be informed, inspired, entertained, and celebrated." Uh-huh. Because Arianna would never exploit women for profit, would she?
UPDATE 2, Aug. 1: Another item Arianna that could have trumpeted --- more conservatives vs. liberals in America than at any time since 1994
Hat tip Gateway Pundit: Gallup reports: "Americans’ political ideology at the midyear point of 2011 looks similar to 2009 and 2010, with 41% self-identifying as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 21% as liberal. If this pattern continues, 2011 will be the third straight year that conservatives significantly outnumber moderates — the next largest ideological bloc."
UPDATE AUG. 9, 5:00PM: Market rallies 600 points --- but AOL's stock continues getting hammered, stopping at nearly 50% of its value when it acquired HuffPost. Coincidence?
Uh-oh. This certainly won't make AOL's board or shareholders happy. Despite the market's 600 point rally today, AOL stock went in the opposite direction, losing 20% of its value in one day, finally stopping the slide at $11.19.
Keep in mind that this is nearly a 50% drop from AOL's share value on February 6, when it announced its fateful decision to buy HuffPost, and its stock was at about $21.50.
Do you think the market finally woke up to the fact that Arianna Huffington is one of the world's most pathological liars? Or that the "newspaper" that bears her name is the Western world's #1 Internet-based inciter of hatred against the U.S. military, Israel and Jews, the Tea Party and conservatives.
Asked to comment on why AOL's stock is taking such a galactic hit since bringing her into its corporate family, Arianna responded, "Vell you see, dahlink, you are wrong. If you take your silly little chaht and turn it to ze left ninety dehgreehs, you see zat I have actually added much value to AOL stock! Don't be so schtoopid, dahlink."
Okay, that's not a real quote.
But this one is: NewsBusters busts Arianna once again for lying to the public.
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