Today The New York Times
is running this profile
of Arianna Huffington
, the brains behind The Huffington Post
. The profile focuses on the incredible success of The Post in terms of readership numbers
and on the process by which it is morphing from blog into an on-line newspaper. The irritating thing about the story is that The Times
reporter offers, without comment, a comparison between Huffington
and Matt Drudge. You know, Matt is the conservative counterpart to Arianna's
liberalism. Unfortunately, the reporter missed the relevant
comparison which has to do with journalistic and intellectual integrity. Drudge, a bullshitter
and pompous poser (right), is bereft of such qualities while Huffington
has them. That is a distinction with a difference. Why can't The Times
ever get these things right? Why do they bend over to lend credibility to conservatives who don't deserve to be taken seriously?
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P.S: (Added later that same day) In a comment on this post Scott Brauer called my attention to this essay by Eric Alterman in The New Yorker that also discusses The Huffington Post as an emergent alternative to standard newspapers. It is a nice essay. Thanks Scott! I will say that I do not find Alterman's discussion of Lippmann & Dewey entirely persuasive, he does raise a whole set of interesting issues.
Labels: blogs, Bullshit, Conservatives