Is HuffPost Good for Journalism?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Transcript

When AOL spent $315 million to acquire the Huffington Post a month ago, the deal raised many questions. Bob talks to media critics and HuffPost founding editor Roy Sekoff and wonders what the site means to the future of journalism.

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Comments [4]

Potomacker from Nanjing

I have to concur with the comments of Angel and say why I have stopped frequenting the huffpo website. Not only have I had my comments deleted and ignored, I have never been able to see what their posting policy. I strongly suspect, in the absence of anything in writing, that the posters themselves pick and permit the posting of comments that flatter their opinions or those of the subject that they are shilling for.
And what other side of the story do we need to hear as to whether the Huffpo is a tabloid? Do the listeners of OTM need to hear how it is not exactly a duck even though it walks, quacks, and looks like one?
Lastly, ain't it always the case that the rich, they do get richer. How soon can we expect to hear about how Ms. A. Huffington now wants to hold public office?

May. 01 2011 11:06 PM
chris from Fullerton

Why did NPR run an attack piece on the Huffington Post without giving Huffington post a chance to defend itself? this entire piece was completely bias with no contrary perspectives. you made it seam like all huffington Post is, is just a glorified tabloid. be that true or not you should not you discredit yourselves by only telling one side of the story.

May. 01 2011 07:56 PM
Mark from Mesa, AZ

All the complaints I hear about Huffington on this piece, ie, sensationalism, aggregation, "click candy", biased reporting, etc, I see on main stream media outlets daily.

Tim Rutten comes across as someone in fear for his job, as he perhaps should be. If that isn't his motive, then he and his peers should clean up their own media before casting stones.

May. 01 2011 04:36 PM
Angel

You mentioned that Huffington Post is excellent at cultivating reader interaction. What you did not mention is that it is also noteworthy for its censorship tactics. The only voices it allows are uncritical voices that will reflect its own perspective. It won't approve comments that don't follow the herd. The comments are what you would expect from an audience seeking an anti-right-wing confirmation bias. I am quite liberal, but I even felt compelled to stick up for Condoleeza Rice in the face of published comments that tended to dehumanize her. My, I think reasonable, comment suggested that we could disagree with her actions without vilifying her. That comments was not approved. That is only one such incident in a larger pattern of censorship at Huffington Post. So while Huffington Post may excel at cultivating audience interaction, it does so at the cost of lowering political discourse.

May. 01 2011 10:45 AM

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