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AOL to buy Huffington Post for $315 million

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 7, 2011 8:26 EDT
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WASHINGTON – US Internet provider AOL will buy The Huffington Post, a rapidly growing news website with nearly 25 million monthly visitors, for $315 million, the company announced Monday.

Approximately $300 million will be paid in cash, it said.

The Huffington Post is privately owned, but the proposed transaction is subject to government approval.

The boards of directors of each company and shareholders of The Huffington Post have approved the transaction, expected to close in the late first- or early second-quarter of 2011, the announcement said.

Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, will be named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which will integrate all Huffington Post and AOL content.

That includes Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater, AOL Music, AOL Latino, AutoBlog, Patch, StyleList, and other sites.

“The acquisition of The Huffington Post will create a next-generation American media company with global reach that combines content, community, and social experiences for consumers,” said Tim Armstrong, chairman and CEO of AOL.

“Together, our companies will embrace the digital future and become a digital destination that delivers unmatched experiences for both consumers and advertisers.”

The new media group will have a combined base of 117 million visitors a month in the United States and 270 million around the world, officials estimate.

It will deliver news, analysis and entertainment products produced by thousands of writers, and videographers around the globe.

Those who have already blogged on The Huffington Post include President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and many other politicians and celebrities.

Huffington said her website will continue after the acquisition “on the same path” it has been for the last six years, although now much faster.

“This is truly a merger of visions and a perfect fit for us,” she added.

Huffington first became known as a Greek-American author of romance novels and syndicated columnist.

She was married to oil millionaire Michael Huffington, a close Republican friend of the Bush family, who represented California in US House of Representatives in the 1990s and unsuccessfully ran for the US Senate in 1994.

The couple divorced in 1997, and in 1998 Michael Huffington revealed that he was bisexual.

Following her diverse, Huffington who used to campaign for her husband as a staunch religious conservative, switched to liberalism.

She launched The Huffington Post in 2005 as an alternative to conservative news websites like the Drudge Report.

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  • Anonymous

    Let’s see if this merger works out better than the AOL/Time Warner debacle.

  • Ratzo

    will the writers of Huffpost get paid now?

  • Taleisin

    I eagerly await a new format and a wider range of comments posted on the new Huff Post.
    No, really….

  • Anonymous

    This is a time for Raw to step it up with a more illustrative webpage that will draw the Old Huffington Post readers like myself to you. You have always been my added resource for top news stories. Huffington on a number of recent occassions have shown me the conservative changes in its content and bloggers stories with the bloggers it is gathering that belongs to the outside media with filtered stories and opinions.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be watching and hope the changes are for the best. Arianna is one smart cookie.

  • Guest

    “Arianna is one smart cookie.”
    Maybe. But I can’t say that I trust her.
    This is a corporatist sellout as far as I’m concerned.

  • Anonymous

    She is one rich cookie.

  • Anonymous

    One very rich cookie.

  • Anonymous

    The instant I start seeing “conservative” pundits posting editorials on this blog….I AM GONE!

    I don’t want “fair and balanced”, I want liberal progressive “values”!

  • Anonymous

    They already have. I left because their principals have shifted from liberal to conservative. I have made several liberal statements on the threads and was not posted. How frustrating.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJMNZL5KJFX2H5CKWK2S75HU7I Kevin

    Wouldn’t count on it.lol

  • Taleisin

    Yes, I have heard such statements. I don’t think it will get better.
    Perhaps you have not expressing the preferred form of free Speech. ;)

  • Anonymous

    I guess she won’t have to cook pancakes anymore:

    http://horiwood.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/eva-gabor.jpg

  • Anonymous

    The noose tightens. The Oligarchy will soon have a complete strangle hold on information. They own congress, the courts, and the media. The truth will be whatever they say it is. It will be against their law to challenge it. Blackwater and the detention camps will be the enforcement. Good night.

  • Anonymous

    When AOL buys it that’s exactly when I’ll stop reading the site.

    What the Corporate media fails to understand is that we are choosing ALTERNATIVES to their corporate bias..Hence “alternative media”..

  • Anonymous

    One progressive news website goes down, but another will take its place.

  • Anonymous

    How long do you think that Sam Stein posts will be replaced by John Fund and posts by Harry Shearer will be replaced by kelseu Grammer?

  • TheDevilCanDance

    Hahaha, the huffington-post is losing the credibility it never had…..I stopped reading its garbage years ago

  • Anonymous

    “The Huffington Post is privately owned, but the proposed transaction is subject to government approval.”…..Am I just jaded or does anyone else see a problem with this statement?

  • Anonymous

    Yay! More corporate media! Surely we can trust them to tell us the truth, I mean, they wouldn’t lie… would they?

  • Wyrdless

    “”"The Huffington Post is privately owned, but the proposed transaction is subject to government approval.”"”

    Why should the government be involved in this? They have no reason whatsoever to be involved in the sale of a private media company.

    What if they ‘don’t approve’ ?

  • Anonymous

    HuffPo has too much gossip already.The People magazine of politics.

  • Pollgera

    Well we watched Huff go from a great offering… to a bloody hollywood style flash/hype/sensationalism blog. Having AOL buy them is simply closing the circle.

    …and another one bites the dust.

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Manufacturer of controlled corporate bullshit buys manufacturer of fake “progressive” (ie Democratic party) bullshit – what difference is that going to make? HuffPo has been censoring comments for years and is indistinguishable from the corporate mainstream media. Maybe some of the mindless zombie fucks who post on huffpo might wake up as a result, but I wouldn’t count on it.

  • Anonymous

    I have seen some very focused and informative posts and have been attached to many persons as friends. I wouldn’t express my passions as a you but with much focus you could be taken seriously.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZDBCUTOR7XW24NTIF7XEHLJ34Q Oz

    Their moderators ruined it for me. There’s no consistency. You don’t have to be rude or use profanity to get dumped, it all depends on the moderator’s social or political opinion not the stated policy. Good riddance.

  • Anonymous

    RAW…this is your time in the spotlight and maybe your last and greatest opportunity to seize the moment. You need to do that graphic redesign that a few folks talked you into blowing off. Don’t continue to look like your produced in a garage or you will limit your market for change. Good Luck!!!

  • arianna issa

    HA HA HA HA HA dis ist vhat I say all way to bank! Many story of celeb with boil on ass sell! Ve are new Enquirer of all Internet! Employee’s cry “vhen we gonna get paid”? New corporation owe yous no money! I replace yous vith monkey or journalist student from Liberty University, HA HA HA! I maka da big money as conservative, I maka da big money as liberal, now I maka da big money as moderate, next I maka da big money as teabagger! As boy friend alvays say to me all time “You know what they say, it’s not money that’s the root of all evil, it’s the love of money that’s the root of all evil, and WE LOVE MONEY! What they gonna do about it? Take it from us? Raise our taxes? With these whore’s running the show in our pocket there’s a better chance of raising the fucking dead than raising our taxes. Fuck em, fuck em all, don’t like it sue me”. Andt he shouldt know dees thingks, he billionaire congressman.

  • Anonymous

    You have no idea what the terms of the Agreement are. I have seen many companies (Tom’s of Maine for instance) get bought out by a huge corp, yet the product has remained in control of the original people and has remained unchanged for over a decade. Another good example of this is when Stonyfield started to sell their yogurt through WalMart. Many people trashed them for it, but the bottom line is that the biggest retailer in the world is startintg to sell healthier products. There is nothing bad about that. It’s all about “demand”,. etc. But back to Huff Post, again, we have no idea what the terms of said deal are, and until we do we can’t say it is…..or is not…..a sellout.

  • Anonymous

    There are things like anti-trust laws and monopolies that need to be considered, etc. As far as I am concerned, the concentration of out media to a few corporations is not a good thing as it makes a monopoly on news. All monopolies are bad as they go against the free enterprise system.

    In this case I am not familiar with any terms of the deal, so I will not judge it at this point. Huff Post might remain unchanged for the most part of those are the terms of the agremment.

  • Anonymous

    Good move for Ariana.

    I was kicked off years ago for exposing the Wimpocrats for being what they are. Obviously my comments upset the HP agenda, and I got banned.

    If you think that HP is/was somehow an “alternative” to the MSM … well, Vern . . . IT NEVER WAS.

    So . . . here it is:

    Ariana walks away with a big pile of money.
    HP continues to be a combination of Wimpocrat-PC “thought” and articles about women’s fashions.
    AOL awaits its own purchase by Koch, Murdoch, or some other RW media entity.
    Wimpocrats are happy because their opposition to “what’s been happenin’ ’round here lately” has been entirely fake and they like to see fellow Wimpocrat Ariana happy … and she will make some token campaign contributions to the Wimpocrats and continue to be invited to their parties.
    “Progressives” are left — still — with no BIG place to go with their views, while they continue to be vilified by Wimpocrats and RWers alike for their Far Left Agenda (Woooooh ! SCARY !!!!).

    Good move, Ariana. YOU WIN.

  • Anonymous

    For the past few weeks, comments on HP had to go through what they called, “Moderators”. Free speech was a thing of the past. Now we all know why.
    Ariana…you sold out ! HP is a thing of the past

  • Anonymous

    She was never committed to anything aside from Ariana.

  • Anonymous

    I was banned years ago.

    HP was always Wimpocrat, never Progressive

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U4CB4JMBKUBO6NL2RNREZDZUEA Freeky_Fried_Chicken

    LMAO… “OL-ee-vuh!”

  • Don Corleone

    Talk about sellouts.

  • Ratm435

    AOL time Warner is the death star for media arianna will get richer not ted turner rich
    the huff will go like CNN. i still cant believe it was worth that much money thats what free
    labor will get these days uh.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Doesn’t matter if it’s private or not, it’s the company doing the buying that needs approval (it’s getting too big).

    If you want to sell your private company to some other private interest, you wouldn’t need government approval. But when a corporate entity wants to merger, the government needs to decide if that merger destroys all competition (or threatens to) or not. We all understand the threats of monopolies..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    “They have no every reason whatsoever to be involved in the sale purchase of a private media company by a mega-corp who might be becoming a monopoly.”

    Fixed that for ya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    The absurdity is that you think intelligent people really care about how glitzy the site is. You seem to think that if you can just get some of the dirty masses to come by because it’s glitzy that we might be able to educate them? Encourage them to think? Not likely… There’s a reason so many people are on FaceBook with thousands of “friends”… those people aren’t going to open their minds, they are just going to be more trolls spewing bullshit that either makes no sense or is the outright lies they tell themselves so they can keep their twisted world view.

    Don’t forget, much of the reason most of us here weren’t/aren’t regulars at HuffPo is because of the “popularity seeking motives” of that site, the stench of fake Progressivism adorned with caustic levels of celebrity gossip to draw in the masses.

    Generally speaking, I like Raw. I would stop coming here if I had to deal with too many more trolls and dipshits that slither along here on occasion already. If it turned into RawffingtonPost, I’d walk away.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    I used to post on both AOL and Huffington Post. Each became increasingly restrictive until I quit.

    It is only proper that they combine two used to be’s.

    It’s like tying the Titanic to the Hindenberg.

  • http://biscuits007.wordpress.com/ skulzwerks design studios

    Arianna Huff ‘n’ Puff can buy her very own day spa now.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like it… AOL is a black hole of content, They are flatout Corps Whores…maybe this coincides with Ariana’s moves to a more professional PUNdit I saw her recently on the McLaughline Group… jeez

  • Elim

    Maybe with AOL in charge, the moderating will lighten up. What a pain in the ass that is. Yet, I still prefer it to the Daily Kos.

  • Elim

    When I saw once that there were more comments pending than had been posted, I made the observation that this is what it must be like to post on a forum in China. Of course, my comment wasn’t posted.

  • Elim

    Sounds like a big win for RS, then. All comments posted, hardly any removed, and you can see when they’ve been removed.

    When did you get kicked off? I see plenty of anti-Dem anti-Obama stuff now. They probably don’t post the worst of it, but why kick someone off when you can just not post their comment? No would have seen it.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Yaaaaawn!

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Whoa! Democracy is a VIRUS? Ok. Now yer talkin, Mickey Cane. Let’s go fer sum Soshulisum, now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046573071 Matt Mosley

    Why would an internet company want to buy a (near dead) media outlet?

    And when i say “near dead” I mean printed news, not this company in general.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Left HP about 6 weeks, ago. Moderation by teenagers. Worst, read a headline and go to content to find they are unrelated/headline is different. One starts wondering whether one went to the wrong place. Backtrack, click headline again, no done correctly. Screw it. I hated that years ago in mags and refused to read any that did that . Enough with the games. No desire to wander endlessly to read what is increasingly garbage.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    This was an old post of mine. Have no idea how it popped up here?!?!?!?!? Lost in space. LOL

  • Anonymous

    **AOL and Huffpo are a perfect match. May they bore each other to death.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    I’m not surprised, disappointed, but not surpised. “She was married to oil millionaire Michael Huffington, a close Republican friend of the Bush family, who represented California in US House of Representatives in the 1990s..The couple divorced in 1997, and in 1998 Michael Huffington revealed that he was bisexual.
    Following her diverse background, Huffington who used to campaign for her husband as a staunch religious conservative, switched to liberalism.”
    I’ve always been wary of “converts” like murderers who “find God”. The same here. So it’s only right HuffPo would sell out to Corporates. This gives AOL another good strategy to “tier” the ‘net like Metro PC did. Only their top paying subscribers will get HuffPo. I still prefer Raw and TruthOut.

  • Anonymous

    But why SOME monopolies and not OTHERS?????

  • Anonymous

    Holy fuck!

  • Anonymous

    Money, it’s a gas
    Grab that cash with both hands
    And make a stash.

  • Anonymous

    I think Daily Kos and HP are about even in the Wimpocrat-PC censoring dept.

    just saying . . . .

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/RepublicConstitution?feature=mhum TruthRegimes

    Bland and boring.

    Huff Po was/is full of it anyway since it is too scared to allow people to discuss 911 for it really was.

  • Anonymous

    Two points:

    1. HP’s censorship “policy” is … uh … MOODY

    2. Anti-Wimpocrat and anti-Obama stuff has long been permitted there . . . as long as such comment was hysterical and obviously RW. = HP saw no challenge to its own Wimpocrat views as long as those comments looked like they sprang from TeaBaggers.

  • antiM

    i’ll admit i read huffpo when it first came out and it quickly became a mix of the drudge report and E! news… misleading headlines and fluff. so, i guess i’ll go over there and delete my account and make it official.

  • http://twitter.com/LeoMcKinney Leo

    welcome to the death of HUFFPO…didn’t even realize AOL still existed

  • Elim

    Everyone hated it. What I’d like to see brought back is the ability to comment in a thread where the link led away from RS.

  • Anonymous

    Oh you mean AOL that went into my bank acount and in my opion stole over $300.00 dollars even after i canceled my acount in thier time frame
    Now were really fucked

  • Elim

    For the same reason they had to approve of Comcast buying NBC.

  • Elim

    I wonder what 4chan is like?

  • Anonymous

    And just who is watching the government to ensure it isn’t ‘getting too
    big’? Seems a bit like setting up the fox to watch the henhouse.

  • Wyrdless

    Arrianna Huffington built that site. It is hers and she should be able to do anything she wants with it. This isn’t some huge industrial firm, it is a news re posting and editorial site.

    Besides these days, the media environment has a lot of competing online sources so buying a website doesn’t create a monopoly

  • Anonymous

    The question is, will the comment censorship be more or less intense now?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Money talks and bullshit walks. But it’s not as if HoffPo was true alternative media or anything. At least now, they’re out in the open with it.

  • mr. bee

    off topic, but your profile design of the three wolfhounds is also a tattoo on my upper arm that i got about 15 years ago. book of kells?

  • Anonymous

    Ho-hum.

  • Anonymous

    Someone help me out here
    Didn’t Hurst say give me the the pictures i’ll give you a war.
    You own the media, you own it all,
    Comcast now AOL

  • Anonymous

    I just cancelled my account on Huff Post. $315 Million, that’s the cost of media conglomeration these days? Piss on the American media!

  • Anonymous

    The same AOL that put a charge on my debit card even though I have never been a subscriber. I had to jump through a bunch of their hoops to get it removed. That’s the one!

  • Anonymous

    not off topic at all. For Arianna, it’s always been about cash money!

  • Tom

    It has been rumored that this is what Arianna said after AOL agreed to buy the Huffington Post.

    “Dahling, Now dat I am $315 million dalliers vricher. I vill use dat vooney to vrite moore varticles dat vrage against da Amercon vempire. You vittle viberals keep buying my vooooks and I makes veven vooore mooney. Dhis viberal vull sheet is vakeing me berry vrich!

    Mahbe so berry vrich I too con vrun for President. (I vas born in Havaii too you know!) I con just peeture da loook on Hillary’s vase eef I get velected president!

    LOL, or should I day AOL, Dahling!”

  • Anonymous

    Well, we the people, have let them buy our country. Used to read huffpo every day. How long before others follow and we only have faux news.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I’ll spend more time here.
    Plus there were MANY righties glomming up the works there/

  • Anonymous

    way more…and dont comment about this AOL purchase….cause you cant say anything bad about huffpo….(or dick cheney, which I never figured out)

  • DriveBy

    An American creates something valuable and sells it for a ton of money… and Americans have a problem with that? I thought that is what Capitalism was all about.
    You can’t tell me that stealing money the way the banks have, and then holding the government hostage, “Bail us out or we sink the economy” – that’s what you think Capitalism is all about.

  • mick

    Za Za Huffington is a sell out …

  • Anonymous

    $315 million. To put it in perspective:

    Oil rig company Ensco PLC has agreed to buy U.S. rival Pride International Inc. in a $7.3 billion cash and stock deal that will create the world’s second largest off-shore drilling company.

    That’s 23 times more the HuffPo sale price, but nobody’s talking about it.

  • mick

    I had three “banned” accounts at Huff …banned for bringing up 911 ,banned for criticising Israel’s treatment of their captives and banned for calling the “War on Terror” the “Fraud on Terror” .
    Pseudo-liberal News site that devolved to join the Main Stream Media .

  • Anonymous

    Watch her “move to the center” after having climbed to success on the backs of very loyal liberals. Once a republican, always a sellout.

  • Anonymous

    I get nothing but censorship over on Huffington Post and Miss Huffington is a sell-out. I do not trust that woman’s intentions. She has sold herself to the highest bidder like a common prostitute. Her intensions have always been solely about money and what it will get her.

  • mick

    Pending Comments
    1,414

    The mods are freaking over at Huff ,wonder what the 1414 “pending ” posts are ? For or against ?

  • Anonymous

    It is indeed derived from Folio 29r “Incipit Matthew”. A pair of these can be seen upper right center of the vellum.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    I’m sure there are a lot of mods jumping ship…lolz!…

  • Anonymous

    So much for ‘independent media’ — the concept is like a dying breed. Sigh….

  • Anonymous

    AOL will ruin huffpost like it ruins everything else.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Arrianna sold out. I forgot AOL existed. Hopefully it will work out better for her than it did for Ted.

  • Anonymous

    She was a religious right Republican and married to a closeted gay. Then, all of a sudden, she switches parties and loses her religion. Hmmmm? She’s always seemed fishy to me. I wouldn’t trust her one bit. Besides, I can’t tell you how many of my comments on that “getting ridiculous as to hold no value anymore” site have been censored. I think she’s nothing more than a CIA plant. Most famous media are.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you on the censorship… especially if you’re a progressive or liberal as opposed to a servile Democrat apologist.

    They censored my last comment last week, which wasn’t even ugly, so I emailed HuffPo and went the full Cheney telling them to delete my account.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    WOW!…i just got a “Try Huffington Post free for 90 days” CD in the mail!…

  • Anonymous

    Methinks you are correct, she has all the earmarks of one of those ‘left gate keepers’, making sure people don’t ever stray too far from the status quo. You know, so no one ever challenges the basic American myths and socio-economic paradigm to any great degree.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t seem to matter how benign my comments are over on HP, they
    get censored on a daily basis. They want sheep, not progressives over
    there. Moronic! I’m glad you sent them a Dear John! Can you imagine
    what it is going to be like with AOL in charge? Ridiculously childish!
    Everything altered and wantered down. DRIBBLE!

  • http://twitter.com/mlake9 Mitch Lake

    As so many people I’m sure have already pointed out, wasn’t the appeal of the Huffington Post that it was independent? I don’t think this is a big deal, I would be much more upset if Alternet or Common Dreams or Raw Story were taken over by corporate america, the HuffPost is a good time waster, whether you’re looking for whats trending on YouTube, or the latest outrageous thing Beck/Limbaugh said, I never regarded it as an investigative news site, and I don’t think most serious people did either. If you really want good site to waste some time on try MediaMatters.org or ThinkProgress.org

  • Anonymous

    Well their goes any real media reform. Let’s consolidate it down to one, … Perhaps FAUX? Just asking!

    The U.S. now should be labeled U.F.S

    Welcome to the (U)nited (F)ascist (S)tates!

  • Anonymous

    How can AOL possibly “ruin huffpo”? By showing even more pregnant celebrities in bikinis and doing even more stories on how to survive divorce by getting more sleep? Or having 8 instead of only 6 Sarah Palin stories at once? Or having more stories about what tv talking head just interviewed Arianna?

    A liberal website–more like new age kaka with a twist of rather lame and fairly inconsequential Republican bashing!

    I have not seen one story in 6 years that takes on the system in any way shape or form. She is a strong, rich, capitalist who supports the status quo and her website reflects those values completely and this sale will not change that paradigm in the least!

    All this deal really means is that AOL and all of its many subsidiaries and their various esoteric corporate strategies and practices will now become topics that commenters can be banned for discussing.

  • Anonymous

    At least Ariana was smart enough not to buy AOL.

  • Anonymous

    good one..

  • Anonymous

    Remember, Everything is a business model. I gave up on HP years ago when it turned into a celebrity page. Basically the TMZ of politics but heavy on the gossip.

  • arianna issa

    You no like story of celebrity vith boil on ass? Vho are you? I run all vay to Bank hahahahaha! I vas Progressive until tit go dry, just like I vas conservative, den dat tit go dry. Now I moderate. Someday dat tit go dry, I get new goat to milk, like teabagger party! Ifa dat tit go dry I got enough monies to re-invent self. Alvays be tit to milk. As boy friend alvays says to me all time “It’s business Baby, it’s like boosting cars, every once in a while some mope will leave the doors unlocked and sometimes even leave the key in, they’re asking to be jacked! If they didn’t want me to have their cars they should have locked the doors”. Andt he shouldt know dees thingks, he billionaire congressman.

  • Anonymous

    HuffPo’s sellout is a big opportunity for sites like this one and also a good lesson. People hate having corporate journalism — diet tips, celebrity news, wimpy political commentary — shoved down their throats, which HuffPo is doing along with the rest of the corporate media. (HuffPo now is officially part of the corporate media and certainly acts like it.) Raw might go broke eventually because it doesn’t base its news coverage on the latest teen-age Google searches, but we’ll love it while it lasts.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    The sale of the Huffington Post to AOL is both a springboard for Arianna Huffington to a new level of corporate engagement and a last ditch effort to save AOL from the cash hemorrhaging of its dwindling core dialup ISP business and its inability to transform itself into a serious, profitable media content provider.

    AOL is in big trouble because they can’t figure out how to deliver engaging, cutting edge content cost effectively although they’ve tried. They’ve invested a lot of money in production facilities and new web sites but they lack a visionary who can bring it all together and brand it cohesively. Time is running out as the cash situation declines, so they’ve turned to Arianna to spearhead the consolidation of their disparate offerings into a meaningful brand.

    Given Arianna’s ability to turn a liberal blogging site into a profitable media enterprise, and her sheer star power, she may just be able to pull it off. Watching what happens is going to be very interesting as AOL must either sink or swim at this point. With little money left for further acquisitions they’ve got to work with what they’ve got.

    Meanwhile it’s true that dragging Huffington Post to profitability has left a trail of collateral damage to their liberal/progressive roots. This can’t be avoided if you want to be a profitable high-growth venture. Content has to be watered down for the masses because they can’t digest uncooked brain food. Fortunately independent sites such as RS are here for those who want to dispense with the glitz and fluff of MSM.

  • Anonymous

    Let the censorship begin!

    Tried posting the following to HuffPost comment:

    “So long Huffington Post. Nice knowing you.”

    It was purged.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    The sale of the Huffington Post to AOL is both a springboard for Arianna Huffington to a new level of corporate engagement and a last ditch effort to save AOL from the cash hemorrhaging of its dwindling core dialup ISP business and its inability to transform itself into a serious, profitable media content provider.

    AOL is in big trouble because they can’t figure out how to deliver engaging, cutting edge content cost effectively although they’ve tried. They’ve invested a lot of money in production facilities and new web sites but they lack a visionary who can bring it all together and brand it cohesively. Time is running out as the cash situation declines, so they’ve turned to Arianna to spearhead the consolidation of their disparate offerings into a meaningful brand.

    Given Arianna’s ability to turn an obscure liberal blogging site into a profitable media enterprise, and her sheer star power, she may just be able to pull it off. Watching what happens is going to be very interesting as AOL must either sink or swim at this point, with little money left for further acquisitions.

    Meanwhile it’s true that dragging Huffington Post from indie blog site to profitability has left a trail of collateral damage to their liberal/progressive roots. This can’t be avoided if you want to be a profitable high-growth venture, which obviously they do. Content has to be watered down for the masses because they can’t digest uncooked brain food. I view Arianna as a good liberal pundit and a forward looking upwardly mobile media mogul. I accept HuffPost for what it is, warts and all, and I wish them the best of luck with this.

    Fortunately independent sites such as RS are still here for those of us who want a meatier diet of raw news and information than the likes of HuffPost and DRUDGE REPORT et al. can fully provide.

  • http://twitter.com/honorablelordk Karim Walker

    very troubling news, indeed…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    It’s better than that. She got AOL to pay her $315 million to effectively take it over! LOL

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    “Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, will be named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which will integrate all Huffington Post and AOL content.”

    So, who bought whom again?

  • Anonymous

    And that ain’t the record either. The problem is any post that mentions Arianna’s name or any of a thousand different permutations of it is held for moderation!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that should have been apparent when she financed and attended her daughter’s debutante ball in NYC! She used to be a conservative. Now she’s a liberal. But she has always been a capitalist no matter what else happened!

  • Anonymous

    You didn’t have to send them an email–you could have deleted your account yourself!

  • Anonymous

    I think it is the use of the word “dick” that causes most posts about Cheney to be automatically rejected.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    they wont delete it…you have to go into your profile and delete it yourself….

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    9 out of 10 comments i tried to post over there went to the circular file…no matter benign…i was just reading the comments at AOL and the righty’s are jumping ship as well..XD

    http://www.aolnews.com/discuss/2011/02/07/aol-buying-huffington-post-for-315m#gcpDiscussPageUrlAnchor

  • Anonymous

    yes i’m aware of that (too weird) no HP moderates every thread about that dick.

  • Anonymous

    “She was married to oil millionaire Michael Huffington, a close Republican friend of the Bush family…”

    There you go. That’s about all you need to know right there. That’s one website I won’t be visiting anymore.

  • Anonymous

    I used to post there and many of my comments were censored as well. It’s really gotten out of control.

    At least at Raw Story we can still speak freely.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    This, so far,is a good place to toss data around. RS, Global Research, Truth-out, Tom-dispatch, truthdig, Zero-anthropology, cryptome, Infowars, Democracy Now, LarryFlynt (great entertainment in his analysis), RTv, WorldSocialistWebsite among many sites with details, data and analysis. I make it easier by subscribing and letting them daily load into email box. Hopefully this site will get to really jammin’; I’m a baby boomer and at first HP was like being back in grad school and hangin’ out at a pastry shop planning and shootin’ the breeze. Then, came the Pailn invasion, the non-correlative headliners, the soppy-what-do-I-do-after-the-divorce stuff. The religion block was good until the let’s sing Kubaya blogs started. I’m done. I do not need a Starbucks style pastry shop.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Why did Huff Po take down the Jesse Ventura 9/11 post?

  • Anonymous

    She is on any side depending upon which one is the most advantageous
    at any given time. She has learned to adapt herself to any given
    situation that promotes her own self-interests and if that is selling
    out to AOL so be it, or if that perchance involves being a Republican
    one year and a Democrat the next so be it! But AOL is way beyond the
    pale of tolerance as far as I’m concerned. I might as well go and read
    USA Today for all the dependability and neutrality AOL is going to
    offer its readership. Why not just jump into bed with Fox News Ms.
    Huffy? Oh she is laughing all the way to the bank right now.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LEUDUVF5EGJZRZETF3KV53P7BQ Thomas

    Hufpo will now be more censored than before. Any comment that doesn’t tow the republican agenda of the new owners will disappear in two minutes or will not appear at all. It’s the reason I deleted my account. Many others have also done this. Hufpo is going to start deleting some of the sites at the bottom of it’s front page. I suspect that Raw Story will be the first to be deleted from Hufpo.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I laughed.

  • Anonymous

    Q:How do I cancel my HuffPost Social News account?
    A: To cancel your social news account, click on “Edit Social News Preferences” from your profile page. Click “Preferences” at the top of the main column, and scroll down to the area of the page labeled “Cancel Account”. Click on “Remove My Account”, and your Social News account will be removed.

  • Greg Eckhart

    Good list….
    Can I add Counterpunch, Axis of Logic and Information Clearing House?
    You have excellent taste

  • Greg Eckhart

    Sure….so long as sites like this stick to news and don’t decide to regale us with Lindsay Lohan’s latest drunken binge or exclusives with Sheen’s former ‘dance’ partners who could easily fill a large stadium ….
    We don’t care….

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    Are all their pro-Israel censors included in the deal? Will we be able to write phrases like “ethnic cleansing” or words like “Zionist” and “genocide” without being flagged?

    Huffington always pretended to be progressive; and in general, she was. However when it came to Israel, the message was managed. She was a gate keeper for the faux left and it was obvious. Once a neocon control freak, always a neocon control freak.

    Just for kicks, go over there and try to comment on a thread regarding this deal and you’ll find that every word you write will be inspected before posting.

    I suspect that AOL will not be much different. They intend “liberal news” to be their number one commodity, bought and traded in the “free market”. Huffington’s excuse for censorship was always that the Huffington Post is not a public forum protected by the Bill of Rights, but a private domain. Such constructions of reality where corporate interests are at stake have always served to undermine the principles of liberty.

    In the larger social sphere, If you think you have freedom of speech, just try to express a contrary opinion on the job. In such cases you will find that you don’t enjoy due process either.

    We live in a Corporatocracy, a corporate-friendly police state. Ironic isn’t it, that we sit at our TVs cheering on the Egyptian revolution?

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    I’ll say this for her: she knew when Fonzi was putting on the skies.

  • realnewz

    The highest bidder usually gets the bid. Which usually favors corp monopolies.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    Arianna Huffington Cannot Bear a Single Comment About Her ‘Airline Incident’

    http://gawker.com/#!5735759/arianna-huffington-cannot-bear-a-single-comment-about-her-airline-incident

  • Anonymous

    The way the US is going now – AOL probably paid for “Truthers” IP’s etc.(And will now be tracking.)

    Erriana : Oh. Sorry – we didn’t even let them comment. They were banned. No can do.

    (Buyer beware AOL. Buyer beware.)

  • Anonymous

    Educate – And hopefully one day we’ll have the numbers.

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/

    ( I wish I was kidding)

  • Anonymous

    When I first went there I asked her if she was related to Lisa Douglass…..I was banned From “Huffingville”, errrr, “Hooterville”

  • antiM

    thanks!

  • Anonymous

    And the rich get richer. It’s what Ariana has always been about.

  • Anonymous

    Illustrative? I’m sick of the bleeping graphic overload. Read, people read.

  • Anonymous

    One product doesn’t make WalMart “healthier.” What a illogical comment of yours.

  • Anonymous

    It was just a matter of time for me to find better media than HP; I left it 2006 because it was already showing signs of the mealy-Democratic-corporatist sympathizers. Its yet another Capitalist Tools. Hope all the remaining left-leaners come here to Raw!

  • Anonymous

    Oh well, its not like they are not already MSM like anyway, may as well be owed by MSM.

  • Anonymous

    This is from another story linked here at this site:

    “Here’s a tidbit that might make the news even harder to swallow.

    “AOL CEO Tim Armstrong “calls himself a libertarian,” but is in fact “one of the most conservative people around,” says a source close the chief executive.

    [Gee, a conservative who calls himself a libertarian, that is sure a first, isn't it? We've never seen anything like that here have we folks? I'm thinking specifically of all the libertarians who were her recently calling themselves progressives but staunchly defending Ron and Rand Paul.]

    “Unless there is another Timothy Armstrong living in Riverside, Connecticut, the AOL chief is also a Republican donor, having given $500 to Thomas Herrmann’s 2010 run for Congress.

    Armstrong’s wife is an even bigger Republican donor. She’s given thousands to Republican Rob Simmons’s campaigns for Congress.’

    Isn’t it great to know that the guy running the show is just as right wing as Comcast is at MSNBC! Looks like another turn for the worse for any who doubted it. DemocracyNow is about all that is left. I heard today that Keith Olbermann is going to Al Gore’s Current TV when his time in limbo is over. That might work out. Until then, I have far more time between work and bed. It’s rather nice not watching any MSNBC–to hell with ‘em!

    Read more on Olbermann:

    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/olbermann-said-to-be-going-to-current-tv/?hp

    Read more on AOL takeover:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/huffpos-new-aol-overlord-is-a-republican-donor-one-of-the-most-conservative-people-around-2011-2#ixzz1DKvBqRnG

  • Anonymous

    They are also starting to sell more and healthier produce too. I’m not a fan of Walmart, but that is a good trend.

    More importantly my analogies were accurate. Stonyfield products will remain as is. And Tom’s of Maine has not changed their products either. The terms of the Purchase Agreement state as such.The whole idea of that was to give the product more exposure. It has worked, and the product is unchanged.

    When people start to demand better products, they will be sold. Education is the key.

    I prefer the proactive approach to these things. If Huff Po remains unchanged, but more people see it, that is a good thing. I’d be willing to bet that the Terms set forth by Huff Post keep it the same.

  • Anonymous

    I left HuffPo because it was too censored. They wouldn’t allow me to post information about Arianna’s photos with Stuart and Lynda Resnick. The CA billionaire couple that can’t afford to supply potable drinking water to their undocumented slaves in Kern Valley.

  • Anonymous

    Not bad for a foreign woman who got an arraigned marriage to stay in the US and become an American citizen. Nice way to work it as Mrs. Huffington got to be an American and her husband got to cover up the fact he was a Republican Law Maker who is gay. Larry Craig did the same thing as he married a woman with children to cover his secret life. You can bet their are many many more yelling how they hate gays but are gay themselves and married with children. All the immigration talk but this lady it pay dirt with her deal.

  • Greg Eckhart

    300 million got transferred from one media account to another one?

    …and comments here are about how it’ll change their online habits?

    If you read shit from Huff, you we’re already misinform

  • mick

    Arianna Huffington is a fucking duplicitous whore ! Huffpost is modeled on a Murdoch tabloid…little facts and big tits … I’ve posted there as “giantspaceship” ,”mickmcc” and “mmiixx”.
    The Soviet Union censored less !

  • Taleisin

    When My youngest son was going through a very angry stage, he showed me 4chan.
    Not pleasant.

  • Taleisin

    315 000 000 is a lot of clams!

  • Taleisin

    You have gone from comic strip into art form. Keep it up. :)

  • Anonymous

    I know HuffPost kinda sucked but I used to read it any way (not any more). Question: What other sites and sources do you guys like?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    “HuffPost is on the cutting edge of creating news…”

    Well, Arianna has finally admitted it. They manufacture the news.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite site for news and information is the planet earth. I really don’t hear very much news from the other planets.

  • Anonymous

    “your Social News account will be removed. ”

    But they will still hang onto your account information and your browsing history and they will feel free to sell it to anyone with the asking price.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    ZeroAnthropology, Truthout, InfoWars, DemocracyNow!, TomDispatch. Look for Links on these sites.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Thanks. Bookmarked yours. I forgot about infoClHouse.

  • arianna issa

    As alter ego alvays says to me in head all time “Thanks for coming out Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ll be here all week, drive home safe”.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    all of them!!…XD

  • Anonymous

    “Read, people read”. Yes. Please read and then pick up the dictionary to see that there is more than one meaning to let’s say at least 99% of the words in the English language. “Illustrative” just happens to be one. Then like a puzzle fit it’s meaning into my very informative writings. Low and behold. It works. Just like your kindergarten teacher taught you when you weren’t listening.

  • http://twitter.com/DonCarlitos Charlie McHenry

    A perfect opportunity for the Raw Story to fill a gaping void. This is nothing short of a complete sell-out by Arianna & the HP. AOL is to the on-line world what Fox news is to TV Networks. A long history of supporting very right wing (go ahead and say fascist) causes.

  • Elim

    That’s what I’ve heard. I don’t really want to go look.

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