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Why is AOL top talent abandoning the Huffington Post?

Daryl 2011/11/21 09:23:09
When AOL acquired the Huffington Post for $315 million in February of 2011, many people speculated that AOL had jumped the shark.



Rumors of Arianna Huffington's bullying of bloggers and ethical lapses causing editorial talent to leave HuffPo have been in the press for months. There may be something to these rumors.



At least three top names from the company have departed this month, including Brad Garlinghouse, head of the company’s Silicon Valley office, who quit last week. Mr Garlinghouse’s departure came on the same day that Sarah Lacy, a senior writer at TechCrunch, said she was leaving, and just days after Saul Hansell, a former New York Times reporter who was a senior editor at the Huffington Post, quit his job.

Last Thursday rumours surfaced that Heather Harde, chief executive of TechCrunch, was also leaving. Those reports were unconfirmed but came after the exits of two other senior writers for the technology blog, Paul Carr and MG Siegler, and the sacking of TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.

Why is AOL top talent abandoning the Huffington Post?

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  • Daryl 2011/11/21 09:27:43 (edited)
    Daryl
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    I am sure each person quitting has his/her own reasons but it is clear the HuffPo experiment at AOL has proven to be a failure.

    I recommend companies like AOL look to different acquisitions of websites that tolerate free thinking and contributions from their users.

    recommend companies aol acquisitions websites open points view leftist orthodoxy

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  • bjamnjm 2011/11/23 18:53:20
    bjamnjm
    It’s been in the news for months thus it should be no secret to readers of the lame stream media as they are conditioned to believe the tripe on its pages.

    Still its readers would doubtful be inclined to believe its dark outside on a noonday in July.

    Thus, the value of blather like the Huffy Post, Van Jones and the company’s decision to stake its reputation on company staked their reputation on hogwash.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2011/11/23 14:10:30
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    AOL Jumped the shark when broadband rendered dial-up obsolete.
  • Steve Johnson 2011/11/22 03:02:14
    Steve Johnson
    +2
    Q: Why is AOL top talent abandoning the Huffington Post?

    A: Because tech writers talents are wasted at a political site.

    AOL and the Puffington Host are a worse mismatch than AOL and Time Warner. Those propeller heads at AOL know how to pick 'em, don;t they?
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2011/11/22 00:32:20
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I don't like the huffpo.
  • Striker 2011/11/21 20:54:31
    Striker
    +2
    AOL & Huffpo are both fine examples of how to be out of step with reality.
  • Charu ∞ijm♥∞ 2011/11/21 20:33:36
    Charu ∞ijm♥∞
    +5
    I have never cared for the Huff Po and I played heck getting away from AOL. Me thinks they are both heading down the tubes because of their far left leanings. People are starting to wake up and I believe want more information not just one side.
  • Doug King 2011/11/21 20:18:02
    Doug King
    +2
    Good for AOL!! Never cared for the Huffington Post.
  • TruBluTopaz 2011/11/21 19:31:07
    TruBluTopaz
    +4
    Hmmm. So Arianna is bullying paid bloggers to conform to her world view and they don't just stay there and take it? Perhaps the worm has turned.....
  • IndyLinda 2011/11/21 19:05:36
    IndyLinda
    +5
    Arianna Huffington has switched sides enough to prove that she is amoral. People who lack a moral compass lack morals and ethics. Seems simple enough to me. The backlash is coming.
  • sammanilla 2011/11/21 18:32:03
    sammanilla
    +4
    AOL wants to buy things and they keep making lousy decisions.
  • Ken 2011/11/21 16:48:31
    Ken
    +2
    Because they are getting smarter.
  • Flowers 2011/11/21 16:14:43
    Flowers
    +5
    I'm sure it has something to do with The top official at HuffPuff. I have been saying for over 2 years now, her attacks and inability to see both sides of the coin is going to bite her in the butt. It's got to be bad when that many execs quit at once.
  • Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2011/11/21 16:02:17
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +4
    Likely they have seen the writing on the wall. AOL is going downhill. They cannot stay competitive with their current offerings. Huffington post is liberal. It caters to a niche, while that is good for the niche, it lacks mainstream appeal.
  • Freeranger 2011/11/21 15:15:25
    Freeranger
    +2
    My sense is that they're fearful of being marked for life with the Journalist's Scarlet Letter...
  • dandieselonian 2011/11/21 15:03:54
    dandieselonian
    +1
    why cares?
  • Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA 2011/11/21 13:23:09
    Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA
    +3
    I have always seen Huffpo, as another example of the old Russian chestnut "pravda" The New York Times has truly filled the roll here in the USA. Huffpo has diligently worked to be the online version.
  • paul 2011/11/21 12:45:34
    paul
    +3
    Could this be a precursor of the MSM bailing on Obama and the Democratic/Communist party?
  • Patric 2011/11/21 12:13:18
    Patric
    +7
    AOL has taken on a very liberal ( why do liberals try to call them selves progressives ??)
    theme, and I do not think it is for the better.

    I use AOL for my email, but nothing else, due to the liberal bias.

    damn, aol has gotten like high school girls with the gossip and the nasty comments, the liberals sure are not the friendly sort....
  • Steve Boston 2011/11/21 11:49:02
    Steve Boston
    +7
    I've never had any use for Huff or AOL. Progressive stink tanks.
  • MAMMY51♥POTL~PWCM~JLA♥ 2011/11/21 09:55:56
    MAMMY51♥POTL~PWCM~JLA♥
    +6
    I've never had much use for either AOL or Huffpo
  • Daryl 2011/11/21 09:27:43 (edited)
    Daryl
    +10
    I am sure each person quitting has his/her own reasons but it is clear the HuffPo experiment at AOL has proven to be a failure.

    I recommend companies like AOL look to different acquisitions of websites that tolerate free thinking and contributions from their users.

    recommend companies aol acquisitions websites open points view leftist orthodoxy
  • CUDDLY ... Daryl 2011/11/21 09:42:10
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +5
    Hey Art, who REALLY owns SH?
  • Daryl CUDDLY ... 2011/11/21 11:00:02
    Daryl
    +5
    SodaHead is a corporation owned by the shareholders.
  • Striker Daryl 2011/11/21 19:26:40
    Striker
    +5
    technically correct, but knowing who make up the SH board of directors would be more helpful

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