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Is Huffington Post really liberal?  Since the AOL takeover (or whatever it was) there has been a not so subtle shift in tone: even more tabloid stories, inflammatory headlines, and free form bashing of Democrats and Progressives on the blogs and threads.  The current main page illustrates: a picture of a forceful Willard Romney and a headline that blares "It's All Obama's Fault!"  Meanwhile, the President speaking gets second billing.  

On the threads, it's no longer possible to tell the difference between right wing trolls who are being paid by the GOP/Wall Street combine and those who are paid by HP to stir the pot and generate clicks.  But the real change is in the kind of posts that get passed: anything goes when it comes to bashing the President, but HP seems to protect Republicans and select media figures, like Morning Joe, with the tenderness of a British nanny.  

In the end, it's all part of the right wing noise machine: hit the left with everything all the time and don't stop until total victory is achieved.  In addition to distracting the public, it's designed to demoralize the left.  

It won't work, I hope, but the atmosphere, more than a year ahead of the election, is already so poisonous even canaries with spelunking gear are having a tough time breathing.  At least this canary is.  

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  •  Still read Huffington? I don't. (2+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady, bythesea

    I stopped months ago when the transition merge with/to AOL was announced as a done deal. I knew where it was going then and stopped giving them my traffic.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 11:31:25 AM PDT

  •  lie down with dogs, get up with fleas (0+ / 0-)

    so read the HP and ..................?

  •  Who's "Willard Romney"? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 12:20:45 PM PDT

  •  What I have notice lately is a spat of diaries (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    that are extremely anti Huffington Post and a couple that were way over the top in terms of vilifying Ariana Huffington. She obviously did something to someone that puts her in the Hamsher category of radioactive for some people.

    Your post immediately sent me scurrying to Huffington to see if it had been taken over by Republican pod people.

    The headline you spoke about "It's All Obama's fault" with a Picture of Romney, seemed to me to be almost  making fun of Romney. Directly under his picture is another headline about "Flashback - S&P Warned Majority of Republicans in Congress Continue to Resist Any Measures that would Raise Revenues."

    For the columnists today on the front page we have Robert Reich, Robert Kuttner, Darrell West, Barry Levinson, Richard Eskow, all solidly consider liberal, I believe.

    There's another story about Barney Frank bashing the S&P for the downgrade (which I'm with him)

    There's a spotlight for Krugman on the business page, also telling people not to take the S&P downgrade too seriously.

    Overall, the tenor of the front page is quite liberal. But even if it wasn't, Huffinton has done a good job of getting very prominent people to write opinion columns - I see far more from the left than from the right. I don't mind the tabloid aspects of the HP, because everything has it's own tab and it's easy to read just the areas that you want to read

    You didn't even mention the only legitimate reason not to read Huffington, the strike by the Newspaper Guild and the National Writer's Union, which doesn't seem to be having much, if any effect.

    The J'Accuse opinion column by Michael Brenner about President Obama makes the NYT opinion piece yesterday look like a valentine. Another very very tough critique of the President from the left.

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