HuffPost

HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post and sometimes abbreviated HuffPo)[3] is an American news and opinion website and blog, with localized and international editions. The magazine is edited from a liberal political perspective.[4][5][6][7][5][6][8] It was founded in 2005 by Andrew Breitbart, Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti.[9][10] The site offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests, and local news.

The Huffington Post was launched on May 9, 2005, as a commentary outlet, blog, and an alternative to news aggregators such as the Drudge Report. On February 7, 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million, making Arianna Huffington editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group.[11][12] The site later became part of Verizon Communications, which purchased AOL on May 12, 2015 for US$4.4 billion.[13]

In July 2012, The Huffington Post was ranked No. 1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list by eBizMBA Rank, which bases its list on each site's Alexa Global Traffic Rank and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast.[14] In 2012, The Huffington Post became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize.[15]

HuffPost
HuffPost
Type of site
News and opinion
Available in
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
FoundedMay 9, 2005
Headquarters770 Broadway, New York City,
United States 10003[1]
OwnerAOL
Created by
EditorLydia Polgreen
ParentVerizon Media
Websitewww.huffpost.com
Alexa rankIncrease 322 (October 2018)[2]
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedMay 9, 2005
Current statusActive

History

The Huffington Post was launched on May 9, 2005, as a commentary outlet, blog, and an alternative to news aggregators such as the Drudge Report.[16] Founded by Arianna Huffington, Andrew Breitbart, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti,[9][17] it has an active community, with over one million comments made on the site each month.

Prior to The Huffington Post, Huffington hosted the website Ariannaonline.com. Her first foray into the Internet was the website Resignation.com, which called for the resignation of President Bill Clinton and was a rallying place for conservatives opposing Clinton.[18][19][20]

Following the site's acquisition by Verizon, in August 2016, Arianna Huffington stepped down from her longtime role as editor-in-chief to pursue other ventures, and in December of that year was officially succeeded by Lydia Polgreen.[21]

In April 2017, Polgreen announced the company would rebrand, changing its name to HuffPost and unveiling significant changes to the design of its website and logo.[3][22][23] Polgreen also stated that the redesign would be accompanied by changes in the site's content and reporting.[24]

Local editions

In approximately June 2007, the site launched its first local version, HuffPost Chicago.[25] In June 2009, HuffPost New York[26] was launched, followed shortly by HuffPost Denver[27] which launched on September 15, 2009,[28] and HuffPost Los Angeles[29] which launched on December 2, 2009.[30] In 2011, three new regional editions were launched: HuffPost San Francisco on July 12,[31] HuffPost Detroit,[32] on November 17,[33] and HuffPost Miami in November.[34] HuffPost Hawaii was launched in collaboration with the online investigative reporting and public affairs news service Honolulu Civil Beat on September 4, 2013.[35]

International editions

The Huffington Post launched its first international edition, HuffPost Canada, on May 26, 2011.[36] On July 6 of the same year, the Huffington Post UK launched its UK edition.[37] On January 23, 2012, Huffington, in partnership with Le Monde and Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes, launched Le Huffington Post, and the launch of French-language edition is the first in a non-English speaking country.[38] On February 8, another French language edition was launched in the Canadian province of Quebec.[39] On May Day, a U.S.-based Spanish-language edition was launched under the name HuffPost Voces, replacing AOL's Hispanic news platform, AOL Latino.[40] The following month an edition for Spain was announced, as was one for Germany.[41] On September 24, an Italian edition, L'Huffington Post, was launched, directed by journalist Lucia Annunziata in collaboration with the media company Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso.[42] On May 6, 2013, an edition for Japan was launched with the collaboration of Asahi Shimbun, the first edition in an Asian country.[43] With the launch of Al Huffington Post, there is a third francophone edition, this time for the Maghreb area.[44] On October 10, Munich-based Huffington Post Deutschland has been put online in co-operation with the liberal-conservative magazine Focus, covering German-speaking Europe.[45] In January 2014, Arianna Huffington and Nicolas Berggruen announced the launch of the WorldPost, created in partnership with the Berggruen Institute.[46] Its contributors have included former British prime minister Tony Blair, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, novelist Jonathan Franzen and musician Yo-Yo Ma. On January 29, 2014, the Brazilian version was launched as Brasil Post, in partnership with Abril Group, the first in Latin America.[47] In September 2014, The Huffington Post announced they will launch in Greece, India, and introduce HuffPost Arabi, an Arabic version of the website.[48][49] On August 18, 2015, HuffPost Australia was launched.[50] The Huffington Post planned to launch a Chinese version in 2015 but not yet (as of 2019) launched.[51] Due to strict media controls, the content of Chinese version would not include serious news report, only entertainment and lifestyle.[52] On November 21, 2016, HuffPost South Africa was launched, the brand's first sub-Saharan edition.[53] In April 2017, HuffPost South Africa was directed by the press ombud to apologize unreservedly for publishing and later defending a column calling for disenfranchisement of white men which was declared malicious, inaccurate and discriminatory hate speech.[54]

Several major editions, most notably South Africa's and Australia's, have ceased providing new content.[55][56] It was announced on Friday 11th, 2018 that the German language edition would shut down on March 31.[57]

Vertical organization

In 2011, after its purchase by AOL, The Huffington Post subsumed many of AOL's Voices properties (including AOL Black Voices, which had originally independently established in 1995 as Blackvoices.com, and AOL Latino). The Voices brand was expanded in September 2011 with the launch of Gay Voices, a vertical dedicated to LGBT-relevant articles. Other established sections, such as Impact (launched in 2010 as a partnership between Huffington Post and Causecast),[58][59] Women, Teen, College, Religion, and the Spanish-language Voces (en español) are also sorted under the Voices meta-vertical.

By late 2013, however, The Huffington Post was taking steps to operate as more of a "stand-alone business" within AOL, taking control of more of its own business and advertising operations, and directing more effort towards securing "premium advertising".[60]

Section closures

Twenty employees were cut from The Huffington Post on January 24, 2019 as a part of Verizon Media, the parent company, laying off seven percent of its staff. The laying-off of HuffPost employees resulted in the complete elimination of the opinion and health sections. Pulitzer Prize finalist Jason Cherkis lost his job in the cuts.[61]

Contributors

The site historically published work from both paid staff writers and reporters, and unpaid bloggers.[62] The practice of publishing blog posts from unpaid contributors engendered some public controversy.[63] In January 2018, the site ended the practice of publishing posts from unpaid bloggers, instead launching "personal" and "opinion" sections intended to feature pieces from paid contributors.[64]

In addition to columns by Arianna Huffington and a group of contributors such as John Conyers, Bernie Sanders, Harry Shearer, Leonard Kim, Jeff Pollack, and Roy Sekoff, The Huffington Post had many bloggers—from politicians and celebrities to academics and policy experts—who contributed on a wide range of topics. Specialist contributors included spiritual author Craig Taro Gold[65] and health expert Jeff Halevy.[66]

Celebrities were allowed to use the site's former blogging system, and a number opted to do so over the years. In many cases, such as that of Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, content was cross-posted among multiple sites.[67]

The site has also published columns by specialists in fields such as Cenk Uygur and Anand Reddi on global health issues, Alice Waters on food, Taryn Hillin who is the Associate Editor of Weddings and Post Divorce, Harold Katz on dental health, Suzie Heumann on sex, Diane Ravitch on education, Frances Beinecke and Phil Radford on climate change and the environment, Jacob M. Appel on ethics, Howard Steven Friedman on statistics and politics, Auren Hoffman on business and politics, Jon LaPook on medicine, Cara Santa Maria on science, Nancy Rappaport on child psychiatry, and Iris Krasnow on marriage. Colon cancer survivor and awareness advocate Eric Ehrmann, one of the original contributors to Rolling Stone in 1968, has been part of HuffPo's group of bloggers since 2009, posting independent political commentary on The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post UK, Le Huffington Post, El Huffington Post, and Al Huffington Post Maghreb. It publishes scoops of current news stories and links to selected prominent news stories.[68] Author and former Hollywood story analyst Julie Gray writes for the Post.[69] Michal Shapiro, former Director of Music Videos, LINK TV, has covered "world music" for the "Post" since April 11, 2010.[70]

On February 17, 2016, it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, would guest edit a series of articles as part of a collaboration designed to improve and better understand mental health issues affecting young people.[71]

On April 9, 2016, American Sleep Association (ASA) and The Huffington Post announced a partnership to increase awareness about the importance of sleep and the dangers of sleep disorders. Through the collaboration, ASA shared information and resources relating to sleep information between the two platforms.[72]

The Huffington Post's OffTheBus is an online news organization using amateur journalists that is a collaboration between The Huffington Post, New York University (NYU), and Jay Rosen's NewAssignment.Net.[73][74] 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.[75]

Business affairs

Investment

In December 2008, The Huffington Post announced that it had secured US$25 million from Oak Investment Partners and that the money would be used for technology, infrastructure, investigative journalism, and development of local versions. Oak partner Fred Harman joined the website's board of directors at that time. Previous investors SoftBank Capital and Greycroft Partners continued also to be involved in the business.[76][77][78]

On February 7, 2011, AOL announced it would acquire The Huffington Post for US$315 million.[63] As part of the deal, Arianna Huffington became president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, including The Huffington Post and existing AOL properties Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater (now HuffPost Celebrity), AOL Music, AOL Latino (now HuffPost Voices), AutoBlog, Patch, and StyleList.[12]

The site has now invested in user-generated content model via video blogging, audio and photo content posted directly on the site.[79]

Labor disputes

In February 2011, Visual Art Source, which had been cross-posting material from its website, went on strike against The Huffington Post.[80] In March 2011, the strike and the call to boycott The Huffington Post was joined and endorsed by the National Writers Union (NWU) and the Newspaper Guild (TNG)[81] The boycott was dropped in October 2011.[82]

In April 2011, The Huffington Post was targeted with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed in United States District Court in New York by Jonathan Tasini on behalf of thousands of uncompensated bloggers.[83] The suit was dismissed with prejudice on March 30, 2012, by the court, holding that the bloggers had volunteered their services, their compensation being publication.[84]

Wil Wheaton refused to allow his work to be reused for free on the site, commenting "the company can absolutely afford to pay contributors. The fact that it doesn't, and can get away with it, is distressing to me."[85]

Content and coverage

HuffPost is a news and opinion website that has both localized and international editions founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, Jonah Peretti, and Andrew Breitbart,[9][86] featuring columnists.[87] The site offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests, and local news. The magazine was originally launched as a commentary outlet/blog and alternative to news aggregators such as the Drudge Report.[88][89][90]

An early HuffPost strategy was crafting search engine optimized stories and headlines based around trending keywords, such as "What Time Is the Super Bowl?"[91] In January 2011, HuffPost received 35 percent of their traffic from search engines, compared to CNN.com's 20 percent.[92] This strategy appealed to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who tried to implement similar SEO-driven journalism practices at AOL at the time of their acquisition of HuffPost.[93][94][92]

Alternative medicine and anti-vaccination controversy

The Huffington Post has been criticized by several science bloggers and online news sources for including blogs by supporters of alternative medicine and anti-vaccine activists.[95][96]

Steven Novella, president of the New England Skeptical Society, criticized The Huffington Post for allowing homeopathy proponent Dana Ullman to have a blog here:

Dana Ullman, a notorious homeopathy apologist, actually has a regular blog over at HuffPo. For those of us who follow such things, the start of his blog there marked the point of no return for the Huffington Post – clearly the editors had decided to go the path of Saruman and "abandon reason for madness." They gave up any pretense of caring about scientific integrity and became a rag of pseudoscience.[97]

Political stance

HuffPost has been described as a mostly liberal or liberal-leaning magazine, although there is a perception that it defends the centrist establishment of the Democratic Party.[98][16][99][100][101][102]

Commenting in 2012 on increased conservative engagement on the website despite its reputation as a liberal news source, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington stated that her website is "increasingly seen" as an Internet newspaper that is "not positioned ideologically in terms of how we cover the news."[103] According to Michael Steel, press secretary for Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican aides "engage with liberal websites like The Huffington Post [anyway, if for] no other reason than [because] they drive a lot of cable coverage."[103] Jon Bekken, journalism professor at Suffolk University, has cited The Huffington Post as an example of an "advocacy newspaper".[104] The Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto mockingly calls it the Puffington Host, and Rush Limbaugh frequently refers to it as the Huffing and Puffington Post.[105]

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Huffington Post regularly appended an editor's note to the end of stories about candidate Donald Trump, reading: "Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims—1.6 billion members of an entire religion—from entering the U.S." After Trump was elected on November 8, 2016, the Huffington Post ended this practice.[106]

Awards

  • In 2012, The Huffington Post won the Pulitzer Prize in the category of national reporting for senior military correspondent David Wood's 10-part series about wounded veterans, Beyond the Battlefield.[107][108]
  • The Huffington Post is 2010 People's Voice Winner in the 14th Webby Awards[109] and is the Winner in Lead411's New York City Hot 125.[110] The Huffington Post lost the 2010 Webby Award jury prize for Best Political Blog to Truthdig.[111]
  • The Huffington Post received a Peabody Award in 2010 for "Trafficked: A Youth Radio Investigation."[112]
  • The Huffington Post was named second among the 25 Best Blogs of 2009 by Time.[113]
  • The Huffington Post won the 2006 and 2007 Webby Awards for Best Politics Blog.
  • The Huffington Post contributor Bennet Kelley was awarded the Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 Southern California Journalism Award for Online Commentary[114] for political commentary published on the site.[115]
  • The Huffington Post was ranked the most powerful blog in the world by The Observer in 2008.[116]
  • The Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington was named in 2009 as number 12 in Forbes' first ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media.[117] The same year, she was ranked as number 42 in The Guardian's Top 100 in Media List.[118]
  • In 2015, The Huffington Post was nominated for the Responsible Media of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards.[119]

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Arianna Huffington

Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (born Ariadni-Anna Stasinopoulou, Greek: Αριάδνη-Άννα Στασινοπούλου, July 15, 1950) is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. She is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of fifteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Girton College, Cambridge, where she earned a B.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including Uber, Onex, and Global Citizen.

Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.Huffington, the former wife of Republican congressman Michael Huffington, co-founded The Huffington Post, which is now owned by AOL. She was a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, after which, in the late-1990s, she offered liberal points of view in public, while remaining involved in business endeavors. In 2003, she ran as an independent candidate for governor in the California recall election and lost. In 2009, Huffington was #12 in Forbes's first-ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media. She has also moved up to #42 in The Guardian's Top 100 in Media List. As of 2014, she is listed by Forbes as the 52nd Most Powerful Woman in the World.In 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million, and made Huffington the President and Editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties including AOL Music, Engadget, Patch Media, and StyleList. On August 11, 2016, it was announced that she would step down from her role at The Huffington Post to devote her time to a new startup, Thrive Global, focused on health and wellness information.

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Sanders was born and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, and attended Brooklyn College before graduating from the University of Chicago in 1964. While a student he was an active protest organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement. After settling in Vermont in 1968, Sanders ran unsuccessful third-party political campaigns in the early to mid-1970s. As an independent, he was elected mayor of Burlington—the state's most populous city—in 1981, by a margin of ten votes. He was reelected three times. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, representing Vermont's at-large congressional district; he later co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Sanders served as a U.S. Representative for 16 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. He has been reelected to the Senate twice: in 2012 and 2018.

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Whitford also played Danny Tripp in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Dan Stark in the Fox police buddy-comedy The Good Guys, Timothy Carter, a character who was believed to be Red John, in the CBS series The Mentalist, antagonist Eric Gordon in the film Billy Madison, Arthur Parsons in The Post, and Dean Armitage in the horror film Get Out.

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Howard Fineman

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HuffPost Live was an Internet-based video streaming network run by news website The Huffington Post. The network produced original programming as well as live conversations among users via platforms such as Skype and Google+. Live content was previously streamed for 8 hours each weekday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Instead of the usual TV news format of individual "shows", the network is divided into shorter segments covering an individual story or topic from the parent website as well as other segments pertaining to a specific part of the site itself (politics, money, front page, etc.) It launched on August 13, 2012. On January 8, 2016, Arianna Huffington announced that HuffPost Live would be scaled back to reorganize the Huffington Post's video strategy toward more shareable online content. Ever since this reorganization, HuffPost Live's programming has consisted of rerun content from previous truly live shows combined with a varying number of new live celebrity interviews per day before the cessation of new live content on March 28, 2016.

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Jonah Peretti

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In 2018, Labrinth created the supergroup LSD along with Australian singer-songwriter Sia, and American DJ and producer Diplo. They released their first single, "Genius", on 3 May 2018, with their second, "Audio", being released a week later on 10 May 2018. Their third single called "Thunderclouds" was released on 8 August 2018.

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Alan Ruffalo (; born November 22, 1967) is an American actor, producer, and political activist who made his screen debut in an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse (1989), followed by minor film roles. He was part of the original cast of This Is Our Youth (1996). Following were his roles in 13 Going on 30 (2004), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Zodiac (2007) and What Doesn't Kill You (2008). In 2010, he starred in the psychological thriller Shutter Island and the comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right. For the latter, he received nominations for the SAG Award, BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also co-starred in the mystery films Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2 as FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes.Ruffalo gained international prominence by portraying the Marvel Comics character Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning with The Avengers (2012), and also appearing in the mid-credits scene in Iron Man 3 (2013), further reprising the role in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and the mid-credits scene in Captain Marvel (2019). He will reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

He starred in and was the co-executive producer of the 2014 television dramafilm The Normal Heart, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie (as a producer) and he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor in a TV Movie. The same year, he portrayed Dave Schultz in Foxcatcher, for which he was nominated for awards, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2015, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Infinitely Polar Bear and also received BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for his role in the drama Spotlight.

Michelle Fields

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Simon Jenkins

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Jenkins chaired the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty from 2008 to 2014. He currently writes columns for both The Guardian and the Evening Standard.

Ted Danson

Edward Bridge Danson III (born December 29, 1947) is an American actor and producer who played the lead character Sam Malone on the NBC sitcom Cheers, Jack Holden in the films Three Men and a Baby and Three Men and a Little Lady, and Dr. John Becker on the CBS sitcom Becker. He also starred in the CBS dramas CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Cyber as D.B. Russell. Additionally, he played a recurring role on Larry David's HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, starred alongside Glenn Close in legal drama Damages, and was a regular on the HBO comedy series Bored to Death. In 2015 he starred as Hank Larsson in the second season of FX's black comedy-crime drama anthology Fargo. Since 2016, he has played the afterlife "architect" Michael in the NBC sitcom The Good Place.

During his career, Danson has been nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two; ten Golden Globe Awards nominations, winning three; one Screen Actors Guild Award; and one American Comedy Award and has been awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. He was ranked second in TV Guide's list of the top 25 television stars. Danson has also been a longtime activist in ocean conservation. In March 2011, he published his first book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, written with journalist Michael D'Orso.

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