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Mike Elk writes: "Unions are looking to intensify their campaign against the Huffington Post. The National Writers has recently hired on a full-time staffer to focus specifically on the campaign against the Huffington Post. Some union members are demanding that their unions put more pressure on progressives to respect the picket line. Some have floated the idea of labeling people who cross the picket line as scabs and have floated the idea of potentially cutting off funding to organizations that continue to blog at the Huffington Post."

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington at AOL's headquarters in New York. (photo: Jin Lee/Bloomberg)
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington at AOL's headquarters in New York. (photo: Jin Lee/Bloomberg)

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+13 # Wolfchen 2011-06-14 10:01
Look at her history...she has a track record for being an oportunist at the expense of others. Pig(s) at the trough, indeed!
+9 # maheanuu 2011-06-14 10:31
I have not trusted anything that Arianna does since before she came out of the closet as her true self. I have had a very uneasy feeling over her for many years and always noticed a right wing flavor to almost everything she did.

I am not saying that all of her supporters are of the Reich Wing Flavor, but for sure Arianna is nothing more than a money grubbing Fascist, and her attitudes and ideas are strictly "For Her Profit and your servitude.

No Thanks Arianna, crawl back under the dung covered rock from whence you came....
-4 # boudreaux 2011-06-14 11:11
Sounds like alot of bullshit about nothing, I mean who really cares about her? I don't.
+9 # in deo veritas 2011-06-14 12:32
This is why I dropped her website. I could see the trend toward right-wing fascism and stopped wasting my web time with it. May all fascists wind up where their gods Hitler and Mussolini are frying for eternity!
+5 # Capn Canard 2011-06-14 13:10
Huffington, what a crock of sheet. IMO, average as a news outlet... zebras can't change their stripes. It is middle of road news org... just like the Times. We don't need mealy mouthed advocates like the NYT or HuffPo. we need someone who will stand up to the criminals in charge.
+8 # Thomas Powers 2011-06-14 13:19
To all journalists who are working for Arianna for nothing or in a non-unionized shop I say: Remember, you are what you eat!
+2 # bobby t. 2011-06-14 14:30
it is money for your family to eat. or no money for your family, and they go hungry. seems like a no brainer to me.
vincent had theo to support him. who do you have? it certainly isn't arianna....
+6 # John Gill 2011-06-14 14:43
As an occasional writer who has submitted, and had published, sometimes for pay, sometimes not, a little of my work, I am confused by this whole Huffington thing. There have always been paying and non-paying venues for material. Perhaps it is different in "journalism world," but in the world of poetry and short fiction, there is usually a contract of sorts, and if you don't like the terms, you don't offer your work to that venue. I am guessing that the writers who submitted to Huffington were aware of the terms of their contract with Huffington. I see some of them doing paid gigs on MSNBC, so like a lot of venues, I presume some of the Huffington writers used the Post as a stepping stone to paying venues. So she is a crafty rich person who profits big time from her ability as an editor, organizer, and of course having the geld to pull the whole thing off in the first place. Well, come the revolution, you can scream for her head on a pike, but until then, please explain to me why it is different submitting material to Huffington for nuttin, and submitting to some tiny online poetry journal for nuttin? I don't believe either place is twisting anybody's arm. Please go right ahead and feel free to give me the evil red thumb down, but please back it up with a reasonable explanation, because I really do want to understand your position. Thanks
+1 # Michael P Goldenberg 2011-06-23 10:36
@John Gill: I've heard essentially the same reasoning used to suggest that union workers need to suck it up and work for whatever the lowest wage is that SOME starving person out there would work for. Such arguments make perfect sense, if you don't think about it. But most of us DO think, and what we conclude is that capitalist pigs are porkers no matter what political badges they wear. And a strike is a strike: which side are you on?
+7 # WatchingtheCircus 2011-06-15 08:07
I stopped reading the Huffington Post the day she made it clear that she was only interested in making herself rich and that she had no requirement to stand for anything when she sold the company.
+7 # froglegs 2011-06-15 17:01
Pretty soon we'll all be working for free....
+2 # bystander 2011-06-15 22:45
you get what you pay for, and if she doesn't pay them for blogging for her then she's not responsible for the content if there is a law suit. it all makes the kind of yellow journalism she represents so much safer... for her. anyone with integrity will not write for Her and for that matter the only people with integrity who read that drivel are there to see what the whack jobs are spewing this week. the writers who do contribute are primarily in the pocket of some special interest group so they don't need to be paid by her as well. it's free range ranting for those with an agenda that honesty is not a part of. so I recomend that not only that writers don't contribute, but that readers find a better source of information ( no.. NOT Fox) and boycott her as well, along with AOL and any of her advertiseres

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