The Wall Street Journal reports that Arianna Huffington is leaving her odious website in about a year. Having never gotten anything but tsouris from it (and, I suppose, a lot of posts on this site), it can’t happen too soon for me, and I’m hoping that, as the most popular Regressive Leftist news aggregator, it will disappear:
Huffington Post’s practice of not paying many of its contributors—arguing that they were benefiting from exposure to the site’s large number of visitors—brought criticism. In 2011, the National Writers Union and the News Guild called for a boycott of the site.
Despite regularly drawing more than 100 million unique visitors a month, the site has failed to consistently turn a profit.
Arianna’s moving on to Bigger Things, like Life Improvement: a company devoted to “health and wellness” (is there a difference?). But I’ll shamefully admit that I still look at the site almost daily. It’s been a source of great merriment, and of course copious fodder for this site.
Here’s what I read at HuffPo:
1.) The religion section, so I can see the ludicrous lengths the site goes to osculate faith, like this (all screenshots have links if you must read the stuff):
I also look forward to the daily pro-hijab post (on Arianna’s orders, there’s always one).
2.) The travel section. I’m always hoping to find good information on where to go, but I’ve almost never found any. Instead, there’s stuff like this:
3.) The food section. Here I’ve derived occasional benefits from learning about new restaurants (usually through links), but the site has gone downhill since Arianna decided that it should deal largely with how to use leftover food. I went over there today, and here’s what I learned (again, screenshots have links):
They don’t know how to use apostrophes:
That you can stuff cucumbers with things and make “sushi”, and it’s a “genius idea”:
And finally, that we had better get used to a fork/chopstick combination called “chorks”. Or else!!