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The Huffington Post
Type Private
Genre News
Founded May 2005
Founder Arianna Huffington
Kenneth Lerer
Jonah Peretti
Headquarters New York City, New York, USA
Key people Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief
Eric Hippeau, Chief Executive Officer
Roy Sekoff, editor
Owner Arianna Huffington
Kenneth Lerer
Employees 60
Slogan "The Internet Newspaper: News, Blogs, Video, Community"
Website www.huffingtonpost.com
Alexa rank 402[1]
Type of site News & blogging
Registration Optional
Available in English, German, Spanish
Launched May 9, 2005
Current status Active

The Huffington Post (often referred to as HuffPo[2]) is a liberal American news website and aggregated blog founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti, featuring various news sources and columnists.[3] The site offers coverage of politics, media, business, entertainment, living, style, the green movement, world news, and comedy, and is a top destination for news, blogs, and original content. The Huffington Post was launched on May 9, 2005, as a commentary outlet and liberal/progressive alternative to conservative news aggregators like the Drudge Report.[4]

In 2008, the site launched its first local version, HuffPost Chicago; HuffPost New York launched in June, 2009, HuffPo Denver launched on September 15, 2009[5], and HuffPo Los Angeles launched on December 2, 2009.[6] The Huffington Post has an active community, with over one million comments made on the site each month. Prior to The Huffington Post, Huffington hosted a website called Ariannaonline.com. Her first foray into the Internet was a website called Resignation.com, which called for the resignation of President Bill Clinton and was a rallying place for conservatives opposing Clinton.[7]

Contents

Contributors

In addition to columns by Arianna Huffington and a core group of contributors (such as Harry Shearer, John Conyers, Rosie O'Donnell, and Roy Sekoff, Founding Editor), The Huffington Post has over 3,000 bloggers—from politicians and celebrities to academics and policy experts—who contribute in real-time on a wide-range of topics. Among those who have blogged on the site are Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Heather Robinson, Michael Moore, Jimmy Demers, Madonna, Alec Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Saskia Sassen, Sheryl Sandberg, John Cusack, Larry David, Nora Ephron, Madeleine Albright, Robert Redford, Anneli Rufus, Neil Young, Rahm Emanuel, Albert Brooks, Mia Farrow, Russ Feingold, Al Franken, Ari Emanuel, Gary Hart, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ryan Reynolds, Craig Newmark, Donna Karan, Kenneth Cole, Ryan J. Davis, Donatella Versace, Bill Maher, B.D. Gallof, Lutfullah Kamran, M. K. Asante, Jr., Robert Wright (journalist), and Larry Gelbart. The Huffington Post also publishes columns by specialists in a wide range of fields such as Alice Waters on food, Doctor Harold Katz on dental health, Suzie Heumann on sex, Diane Ravitch on education, Jacob M. Appel on ethics, and Jon LaPook on medicine.

The Huffington Post publishes scoops of current news stories, links to selected prominent news stories, and provides a liberal counterpoint to sites such as the Drudge Report. Compared to other left-wing blogs such as Znet or Daily Kos, The Huffington Post offers both news commentary and coverage.[citation needed] The comment section is home to discussions on politics, religion, and world affairs.

The Huffington Post's OffTheBus is a citizen-powered online news organization that is a collaboration between The Huffington Post, New York University (NYU), and Jay Rosen's NewAssignment.Net.[8][9] The Huffington Post's FundRace is a website that tracks contributions to the presidential campaigns and includes a mapping feature that shows contributions broken down by city, neighborhood, and block.[10]

A comprehensive list of contributors to the The Huffington Post blog can be found in its alphabetical Bloggers Index.

Traffic statistics

According to Nielsen NetRatings, The Huffington Post had 8.9 million unique visitors in February, 2009. The Drudge Report had 3.4 million unique visitors in the same period.[11]

According to Google Analytics, The Huffington Post has 22 million unique users each month[12]. Technorati ranks The Huffington Post the most linked-to blog on the Internet.[13]

Investment

Selected stand-alone political blogs and news sites
Site Unique Audience Sept. 2008
huffingtonpost.com 4,545,000
politico.com 2,362,000
drudgereport.com 2,059,000
Source: comScore Media Metrix[14]

In August 2006, The Huffington Post announced that SoftBank Capital would invest $5 million in the site, which had grown in popularity in only a year, to help expand it.[15] Plans included hiring more staff to update the site 24 hours a day, hiring in-house reporters, and a multimedia team to do video reports. Alan Patricof's Greycroft Partners also invested. The news marked the site's "first round of venture capital funding."[16]

The site now has invested in Vlogging, or video blogging, with many of the site contributors contributing via video, and capturing clips in the media and posting them on the site.

In November 2008, The Huffington Post completed a $15 million fundraising from investors. The money will finance expansion including more journalism and the provision of local news across the United States.[17]

Awards

  • The HuffingtonPost.com was named second among the 25 Best Blogs of 2009 by Time Magazine.[18]
  • The Huffington Post won the 2006 and 2007 Webby Awards for Best Politics Blog.
  • Huffington Post contributor Bennet Kelley was awarded the Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 Southern California Journalism Award for Online Commentary[19] for political commentary published on the site.[20]
  • The Huffington Post is ranked the most powerful blog in the world by The Observer.[21]
  • Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington was named as number 12 in Forbes' first ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media in 2009.[22] She has also moved up to number 42 in the Guardian's Top 100 in Media List.[23]

Controversies

  • In mid-February 2008, after former First Lady Nancy Reagan fell at her California home, negative comments about the then-86-year-old former first lady were posted in the public comment section of the website by members of the public. Bill O'Reilly of Fox News opined, "Apparently, Arianna Huffington, the woman who runs the site, has mixed views on publishing hate speech. Ms. Huffington has the power to remove this trash immediately, but she chooses not to."[24][25] Arianna Huffington said that hateful comments are not tolerated and are taken down as soon as they come to the attention of the blog's moderators.[26]
  • The Huffington Post linked to an altered YouTube video clip of John Gibson, which voiced over Gibson's voice. The video was altered by John Sanders, the technology reporter at WBAL-TV, who was later fired.[27]
  • The Institute for Global Jewish Affairs has claimed that The Huffington Post promotes anti-semitism through its frequent criticism of Israel, and the comments reporters have made with regard to Jews.[32]
  • On March 9, 2010,The Huffington Post published and subsequently removed an article written by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura with the following explanation: "Editor's Note: The Huffington Post's editorial policy, laid out in our blogger guidelines, prohibits the promotion and promulgation of conspiracy theories -- including those about 9/11. As such, we have removed this post." Accusations of censorship soon followed.[33][34][35][36][37]
  • Huffington Post is often criticized by feminists and conservatives alike for objectifying women by pushing disproportionately negative coverage of females, such as actress nipple slips[38][39][40]. The Huffington Post has also developed a reputation for sexism in general, outside of its entertainment page.[41][42][43][44][45][46]

References

  1. ^ by va (2009-08-19). "huffingtonpost.com - Traffic Details from". Alexa. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  2. ^ Arianna Huffington http://twitter.com/HuffPo
  3. ^ Kurtz, Howard (July 9, 2007). "A Blog That Made it Big". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/08/AR2007070801213.html. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  4. ^ "The Huffington Post". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1192975/The-Huffington-Post. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  5. ^ The Debut of Huffington Post Denver
  6. ^ Go West, Young Internet Newspaper: Introducing HuffPost Los Angeles
  7. ^ Editors (December 16, 1998) "Direct Access: Arianna Huffington." Washington Post. See also Huffington's September 14, 1998 column at Resignation.com, where she calls for Clinton to resign, and her December 24, 1998 column at Resignation.com, where she states why she started Resignation.com.
  8. ^ "Off The Bus News and Opinion on The Huffington Post". Huffingtonpost.com. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/off-the-bus/. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  9. ^ "Get Off the Bus : CJR". www.cjr.org. http://www.cjr.org/feature/get_off_the_bus.php. Retrieved 2009-03-07. "OffTheBus (OTB) was a citizen-powered campaign news site co-sponsored by The Huffington Post and Jay Rosen’s NewAssignment, at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute." 
  10. ^ "Campaign Donors : Fundrace 2008 - Huffington Post". Fundrace.huffingtonpost.com. 2009-08-28. http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  11. ^ "Tina's vanity play - Crain's New York Business". www.crainsnewyork.com. http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20090329/SMALLBIZ/303299980. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  12. ^ Huffington Post Google Analytics
  13. ^ "Technorati Popular: Top 100 blogs". Technorati.com. 2009-08-26. http://technorati.com/pop/blogs/. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  14. ^ "Huffington Post and Politico Lead Wave of Explosive Growth at Independent Political Blogs and News Sites this Election Season". comScore. http://www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=2525. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  15. ^ "The Huffington Post Announces $25 Million In Funding" (PDF). http://www.softbank.com/pages/HP_Oak%20_120108.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  16. ^ Softbank Capital invests $5 mln in Huffington Post, Reuters, August 7, 2006. Retrieved October 18, 2006.
  17. ^ Business big shot: Arianna Huffington, online entrepreneur The Times November 21, 2008
  18. ^ "The Huffington Post - 25 Best Blogs 2009". TIME. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1879276_1879279_1879212,00.html. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  19. ^ 49th Southern California Journalism Award Winners
  20. ^ Huffington Post page for Bennet Kelley.
  21. ^ "The world's 50 most powerful blogs". Observer. 2008-03-09. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/mar/09/blogs. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  22. ^ Kiri Blakeley (2009-07-14). "In Pictures: The Most Influential Women In Media - No. 12: Arianna Huffington". Forbes.com. http://www.forbes.com/2009/07/14/most-influential-women-in-media-forbes-woman-power-women-oprah-winfrey_slide_13.html. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  23. ^ Close. "Arianna Huffington | MediaGuardian 100 2009 | Media | guardian.co.uk". Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jul/11/arianna-huffington-mediaguardian-100-2009. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  24. ^ O'Reilly, Bill (February 21, 2008). "Hate Speech and the 'Net". BillOReilly.com. http://www.billoreilly.com/newslettercolumn?pid=22771. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  25. ^ "Bill O’Reilly: Arianna Huffington Is a Bad, Bad Girl Who Needs to Be Punished". New York Magazine. February 22, 2008. http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2008/02/bill_oreilly_arianna_huffingto.html. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  26. ^ Bill O'Reilly Needs to Enroll in "Understanding the Internet 101"
  27. ^ WBAL-TV fires reporter over prank
  28. ^ simon Owens: Science bloggers challenge credibility of Huffington Post “wellness” editor
  29. ^ Steven Novella: The Huffington Post’s War On Science
  30. ^ Parikh, Rahul K. (2009-05-15). "The Huffington Post is crazy about your health". Salon. http://www.salon.com/env/vital_signs/2009/07/30/huffington_post/. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  31. ^ Myers, PZ (2009-12-14). "What do Fox News and the Huffington Post have in common?". Scienceblogs.com. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/12/what_do_fox_news_and_the_huffi.php. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  32. ^ http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DRIT=3&DBID=1&LNGID=1&TMID=111&FID=624&PID=0&IID=3211&TTL=Anti-Israelism_and_Anti-Semitism_in_Progressive_U.S._Blogs/News_Websites:_Influential_and_Poor
  33. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-ventura/for-some-the-search-for-w_b_491504.html
  34. ^ http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x7904548
  35. ^ http://www.prisonplanet.com/huffington-post-kills-jesse-venturas-piece-on-911.html
  36. ^ http://www.infowars.com/huffington-post-sends-ventura-article-to-memory-hole/
  37. ^ http://rawstory.com/2010/03/ventura-youre-allowed-ask-911/
  38. ^ http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2009/06/09/huffington-post-liberal-politics-sexist-entertainment/
  39. ^ http://jezebel.com/5412938/weekly-standard-discovers-huffpos-nip+slip-sexism
  40. ^ http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/blogs/v/e/versharma/2009/06/peekaboo-sexism-at-the-huffing.php
  41. ^ http://www.undomesticgoddess.com/2010/02/guest-post-sexism-censorship-and-highly.html
  42. ^ http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2009/06/23/huffington-post-sexism-goes-green/
  43. ^ http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-the-case-of-huffington-post-sexism/
  44. ^ http://jezebel.com/5284828/does-the-huffington-post-use-sexism-to-drive-liberal-page-views
  45. ^ http://community.feministing.com/2008/10/sexism-watch-and-the-huffingto.html
  46. ^ http://open.salon.com/blog/cam_battley/2008/08/29/on_palinhuffington_post_wallowing_in_sexist_mud

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