December 13th, 2012

HuffPo Brain Drain Continues as ‘Mehdi-Effect’ Hits Traffic

The Huffington Post has lost yet another of their original hires as Dina Rickman jumps ship to go to The Week. She tells Media Guido that she has enjoyed her time there, adding tellingly that her move is to do with “career development”. A wise exit then…

With the near constant exodus of talent, things aren’t looking up for the site. The original HuffPo political team hires of Chris Wimpress and Dina Rickman have both left following Mehdi’s arrival. Noticeably the job advert to replace Rickman says that the UK site was “launched in July 2011 and has already surpassed 2.5m unique visitors per month”. Funny that back in September AOL were boasting that the site had nearly double that at 4.1 million. They call that downturn the Mehdi-effect…


  1. 1
    Kebab for the chop says:


  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Nice picture of Rickman

  3. 3
    Kebab Time says:

    He is cutting the numbers of readers to far, too fast ;)

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Greedo appears to be losing the plot too.
    We come here to see scum exposed, not read inane drivel about non-entities that nobody knows or cares about. He’s obviously spreading himself too widely.

  5. 6

    And anyone outside of dead-tree reptile land gives HOW much of a shit?

  6. 7
    nellnewman says:

    I looked at it once and I’ve never been back to it. It’s a bigger load of twaddle than polly is.

  7. 8
    Leo from Minster says:

    What is this Huffpo thingy?

  8. 9
    Arianna H's edible hamster says:

    Most of our UK traffic still goes to the US site. We still maintain diverse editorial divisions in our UK publication, but are wondering why we have morphed into a confused lefty activist platform, particularly after being hijacked by the pro Leveson mob and others… * scamper *

  9. 10
    Mehdi says:

    She was cattle, she just grew crops and did not stop and wonder about this world.

    Lots of Kuffars here are wondering how and why the fuck I am in charge, but that’s different.

  10. 11
    MrsShitrit says:

    Huff Po has become the “Daily sport” for the political left.

  11. 12
    The Jonah Effect says:

    Doesn’t the wife of Gordon Brown bat for the Huffy Postie?

  12. 13
    Rip Van Winkle says:


  13. 15
    @ohthisbloodypc says:

    Why doesn’t Mehdi just accuse readers of being racists?

    That always seems to work when he’s debating stuff on telly.

    Or he could try shouting.

    In in doubt, shout.

  14. 19
    A Reader says:

    The last half dozen posts on this site have been introspective tosh about newspapers. If you are no longer interested in gossip and tittle tattle about Westminster, Guido, why don’t you just call it a day?simply Or if there is nothing jiucy to report on that isn’t subject to a super injunction, just say so and let us readers suggest a few stories for you?

    Otherwise, you are beginning to become boring, which will never do.

  15. 21
    Anonymous says:


    How long before Merkel enters No 10?


    You lied when you said it couldn’t happen?
    You lied when you said it was just a trading block?
    You lied when you said the Lisbon treaty wasn’t a constitutional change?
    You lied when you said the Euro was a Common Euro currency when in fact it is the Deutschmark in disguise?
    Can you say that this will never happen?

    • 26
      Call me Dave says:

      I did say it would not happen didn’t I? LOL

      Just like I said triple lock on gay weddings in CofE churches

      It amazes me just how many times I can get away with this. The electorate must be thick as fuck, or merely cattle like my mate Mehdi calls them.


      See ya wouldn’t want to be ya

      • 45
        Anonymous says:

        Just a sec there!
        Frankly I’d MUCH RATHER have Merkel there than any of the hombred muddling troughers!

    • 28
      British Politicians are marching towards a federal europe despite the resistance of the public says:

      “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”

      Edmund Burke

      • 31
        GlowSticksAloft says:

        Yeah but this guy says it better:

      • 33
        A Philosopher says:

        You don’t even need to be good. You can be a normal sort of middling of the road, usually honest but sometimes willing to fiddle the odd election or persnoal expense and take advantage of other peoples’ mistakes kind of guy doing nothing and evil will triumph if you don’t get up off your ass and do something.

      • 34
        Matron Miller says:

        “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil……..”. Take 100 lines and get it right next time.

        • 41
          Tay King-dePisse says:

          Six of one, half-dozen of the other– you must be a lot of fun to be married to, Matey. If Jesus Christ married you, I’ll bet that inside of a week He’d be begging to return to His bloody comfortable Cross…

  16. 25
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    You’re going to f**king regret this come the Jihad

  17. 32
    Matron Miller says:

    Is HuffPo another of those disgusting games that so enthrall Cameron junior and Osborne minor in the Remedial 5th?

  18. 36
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Mehdi Hasan always seems like an angry man. He’ll be even more irritated by Guido exposing his failings for all to see!

  19. 47
    Hugh Faq Wing Bestud says:

    Is this the foreplay leading up to some hate-sex?

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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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