Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Is Arianna now selling timeshares?

On Uranus, no less?

She may as well be.

Because apparently, every word that she utters -- no matter how clearly at odds it is with the truth -- continues to be viewed by mainstream "journalists" as the gospel truth, and just as unchallengeable.

Arianna's most egregious, long-term lie is her claim that HuffPost is a "nonpartisan" news site. To the contrary, as we've proven over and over and over again, and most recently in this report, HuffPost is a radical leftist hate site, that pathologically uses lies and distortions to incite and validate leftists' hatred of certain "enemies," and enables and protects them to vent their unhinged hate speech.

Since Arianna announced on Feb. 6 that AOL purchased Huff Post, and hired her as President and Editor In Chief of all its content --- including its “news” --- a handful of courageous reporters asked her whether AOL's "journalism" would be taking a left turn. Her consistent response? Not only an indignant, "Of course not, dahling!!," but repeated denials that HuffPost was ever partisan in any way. Examples:
“We don’t see ourselves as left."
- to Politico, Feb. 8

"It's time for all of us in journalism to move beyond left and right... [A]ll voices have been welcome at the Huffington Post"
- to Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 7

"It's time for all of us in journalism to move beyond left and right."
- to The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Feb. 7

On February 9, she repeated her insane claim to the Daily Caller that HuffPost's political coverage is “beyond left and right”:
“First of all, people forget that the Huffington Post now consists of 26 sections and only 15 percent of our traffic comes from politics,” Huffington said. “There is just an enormous array of content offerings. Beyond that, if you look at our political coverage, it’s what I describe as beyond left and right and we are determined to make it clear that having multiple views on all issues is just a new way to look at how political coverage proceeds rather than reflexively dividing each issue as a left wing and a right wing position.”

When asked directly if the Huffington Post would have a politically left-wing influence on AOL, Huffington responded, “Of course not.”

"Of course not." Wow, well then, case settled! "Now, on to sports..."

Not a single mainstream "reporter" dared to follow up with a simple question, such as, "Arianna, please. HuffPost is a purveyor of, and a hive for radical leftist lies and hate. Why don't you just admit it for once? Why do you keep denying this?"

Two days later, on February 11, Arianna appeared on her friend Bill Maher's HBO show, and after their usual love-in, he also asked whether she is going to drive AOL to the left. She vehemently denied it, denied that HuffPost is left-wing, and shamelessly claimed that "caring for the middle class" is not left-wing. But wait, it gets better: see if you can spot her newest lie:

"This is so funny, such a red herring. First of all 95% of all the content on Huffpo is about entertainment, lifestyle and information. Not about politics."

(And of that last 5% that she admits is political?)

"What is left-wing about caring for the middle class, about caring about the fact there are 26 million people unemployed?"

In the previous 48 hours, the percentage of HuffPost that is devoted to politics was magically reduced by two-thirds, from 15% to only 5%. How did that happen? Why, Arianna-magic, of course!!! And not a single mainstream "reporter" dared to challenge her about it.
(Also, pay no attention to the fact that on Feb 9-10, she repeated the 15% figure to the
Washington Post and New York Magazine... we're talking Arianna-reality here, not reality-reality.)

Why does this all matter so much?

Here are just a few reasons:
  • Because until February 5, the audience being subjected to HuffPost's malicious lies, incitement and distortions was 24 million visitors per month. But on February 6, when Arianna became head of all AOL content --- including its "news" --- her audience grew by a factor of 12 --- to nearly 300 million people.
  • Because the woman who is going to be heading this new "news" empire --- who will be overseeing legions of "journalists" --- is demonstrably incapable of telling the truth about her site, why it was created, and its hyper-partisan nature. And apparently, every mainstream "journalist" is too terrified (or supportive) of Arianna to confront her about any of this.
  • Because HuffPost is still viewed by the Beltway culture as a "news" operation, that has even enjoyed preferential treatment in presidential press conferences.

But on the bright side, if you get your deposit in early, Arianna promises you a prime timeshare on Uranus with a terrific ocean-side view, room service by attractive, scantily-clad aliens, and...

"If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,

And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,

If summer were spring and the other way round,

Then all the world would be upside down"

- from "The World's Turned Upside Down," the song that was reportedly played as the British surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown, 1781.

Bonus: The denial and sickness extend far beyond HuffPost. From Reuters, Feb. 7:
"Former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker said at Harvard University on Monday that his company had considered buying the site. 'We tried for the last 18 months at NBC to buy the Huffington Post; we could never agree on price is why it never got done,' Zucker said."
What a comfort to know that NBC was also trying to purchase the Internet's largest radical leftist hate site.


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