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Arianna Huffington defeats liberal bloggers who made her richer

Arianna Huffington defeats liberal bloggers who made her richer

I posted previously about Ariann Huffington’s business model, Hey HuffPo Bloggers – Was It Fun Working For Free To Make Arianna Richer?:

First, let me congratulate Arianna Huffington on selling The Huffington Post to AOL for a reported $315 million.  Isn’t America a great place?

Arianna came up with a great business model.  Create a place where liberals could tell each other how smart they were, where they could write blog posts without being paid, and where they could create a community of commenters who routinely attacked the evil Republicans…

and then sell out for mucho dinero….

Who knew that the website devoted to a living wage and moral imperatives actually manged to get liberal bloggers to work for free to make money for the boss-lady and her investment banking investors.

There’s a sucker born every minute….

A class action was brought on behalf of the bloggers, but it has been thrown out by a federal judge in New York, as reported by AP via The Huffington Post (full opinion embedded below):

The Huffington Post doesn’t have to pay bloggers for providing content for its website in part because they knew from the start they wouldn’t be paid and could have taken their work elsewhere, a federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl dismissed a lawsuit that bloggers filed last year. The lawsuit against the Huffington Post and its parent company, AOL Inc., argued they were unjustly denied compensation for their work.

The bloggers were seeking class-action status. The lawsuit was prompted by AOL’s $315 million purchase of the Huffington Post last year. The bloggers claimed that the website unjustly profited from their work, promising only exposure. They were seeking at least $105 million in damages.

AOL had argued that the bloggers gained exposure and a place to attract a big audience in exchange for the content.

Tasini v AOL and Huffington Post – Opinion and Order


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so…is this judicial activism?

it’s like dividing by zero

Nobody can punk a moonbat like a moonbat.

Auto-punking is their forte.

( . )( . ) says Na-Na-Na Neener.

I may be missing something here, but if the bloggers agreed to work for free, how does the $315 million come into play? Isn’t this just the same old leftist “waaaaah! someone has more money than me, GIMME!!!” “argument”? Sorry, but if I’m stupid enough to work for free, then that’s on me (it’s a little something I like to call “personal responsibility.”).

If the point is that Adriana is a hypocrite, then sure, she is, but again, if they agreed to work for free . . . .

    RickCaird in reply to Fuzzy. | March 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    What interests me is “What does AOL think it bought”? It appears the only thing it can be sure of is the name “Huffington Post”. It looks as if most of the free bloggers will not be submitting content.

    Up next, AOL buys Time…. oh wait…..

JackRussellTerrierist | March 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

The hypocrisy of leftists never disappoints.

Heh! I’m filing this under:

“Collectivism for Fun and Profit.”

(I’ll leave to others to determine just who got the “profit” end of the bargain. 🙂 )

theduchessofkitty | March 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm

“Arianna Huffington defeats liberal bloggers who made her richer”

OK, let me summarize my thoughts on it with this…


There’s one thing I have realized over the years I have dealt with people who believe in socialism or Marxism: no matter how little or how much Communist they might be, in reality they always, and I mean ALWAYS, love their money… even if others do the work for them for free.


You gotta be smiling from up there, Andrew! Really! 🙂

Yeah well, everyone worries about blog writers and blog owners, who is watching out for blog commenters? We should organize.

Arianna has ‘me’ written all over her. I’m not surprised she stiffed her bloggers, and they shouldn’t be surprised either.

In contrast, I trust that Bill will cut us commenters in on Legal Insurrection’s IPO. 🙂

Free work for a For-Profit company? Kinda funny huh. Arriana appeals to socialist sympathies and sets her self up to claim all the riches. Just like any socialist country. Hmmm…. I think there may be a goose and gander claim in there somewhere 😉

Current TV says it has terminated its relationship with Keith Olbermann

Update: In a statement, Keith Olbermann says he will be filing ‘legal actions’ against Current TV


How many blog posts did Huffington run on her website in the last 6 months espousing the plight of the 99% at the hands of the 1%?


Don’t you understand? Ariana has a “higher conscience” than the rest of us.
And everyone she comes in contact with becomes a joke.
Read about Miss A’s history here. Quite enlightening.

    gabilange in reply to Tamminator. | March 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for this, Tamminator. I just read this piece, and it is downright hilarious reading. Arianna has her own back, so many backers, on her back. Must read Friday night guffaws.

    Squires in reply to Tamminator. | March 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I made it as far as her involvement with the Rajneesh nutters before sending the link to a friend exclaiming, “Holy shit, this woman was even involved with the Rajneesh cult.”

    More the fool was I for thinking it couldn’t have gotten even crazier after that…

    gabilange in reply to Tamminator. | March 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    More on Arianna, and this time, Arianna and George Soros, :

    Maybe the question is who isn’t she linked with?

I hate to say it, but good for HuffPo.

Uncle Samuel | March 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I don’t know….I kinda empathize with the bloggers – since Ryan and Rubio went out of their way to endorse Romney.

But, now even Newt is making nice noises toward the Romney camp, and I feel disgusted, angry and betrayed.

My question is: – will liberal bloggers still write articles/blog for Puff Ho for free? And if they do will they still whine because they don’t get paid?

tinkerthinker | March 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm

They thought she would share the wealth…oops!

Cheesecakecrush | March 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm

This is why wealthy people still exist in communism. Wealthy marxists realize that a very large portion of the population is juuuuuuuuust dumb and lazy enough to expect stuff for free and are ripe for exploitation. Kinda why alot of Wall street mega-earners consistently vote Democrat, along with a lot of lower class people.

Speaking of “merchants of despair”

I’ve never seen Bill Whittle so ticked off-

Brand new Afterburner:


    el polacko in reply to Browndog. | March 31, 2012 at 1:07 am

    we need bill whittle to become romney’s speechwriter. armed with these facts and bill’s fire, romney will win in a landslide.

Hmmmm . . . I wonder if we should ask Kathleen McCaffrey,
Matthew Knee, Michael Alan, Bryan Jacoutot and Louis R. Lombardi about the Legal Insurrection business model?

Just kidding . . . .

Back in the days of old, like 1995, Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington co-hosted a show with Newt Gingrich on cable’s conservative channel, NET. The show was sponsored by Golden Rule Insurance and (gasp) Newt got $200,000 contributed toward his campaign coffers for his work. I wonder how Mitt and St. Ricky missed that dirt? Back to Arianna, the worm turned in 1997 when she used her syndicated column to pound on Newt – here, here and here.

The funniest (at least I hope it was not serious) note on the Newt-Arianna relationship was written by Margaret Carlson for the August 21, 1995 Time Magazine:

These days, he spends as much time with Calista Bistek, a former congressional aide, and Arianna Huffington, who hosted a $50,000-a-plate dinner for him, as with his second wife Marianne, who has never actually moved to Washington and who has been candid about their marriage’s being “on and off.” Newt once gave the marriage 53-to-47 odds of lasting–and that was before Marianne said she wasn’t going to stand by her man if he decided to run for President. “He can’t do it without me,” she told Vanity Fair, and if he does, “I just go on the air the next day and I undermine everything.”

This whole HuffPo brouhaha couldn’t be happening to a nicer group of people.

Unless the exploitation was voluntary, I fail to see any merit in their complaint. They need to reconsider their ideology… and sign a contract. The majority of lawyers vote Democrat. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find an empathetic ear.

Arianna is not as stupid as she pretends to be.

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