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. 5
    Sick Bag pass. says:

    Guido comparing Mehdi and the chip on his shoulder with talent is as the BBC comparing Ross with top talent.

  6. 6

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

  7. 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.

  8. 8
    Leo from Minster says:

    What is this Huffpo thingy?

  9. 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 *

  10. 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.

  11. 11
    MrsShitrit says:

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

  12. 12
    The Jonah Effect says:

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

  13. 13
    Rip Van Winkle says:


  14. 14
    The public says:

    I have no idea what that means. Who is Mehdi and why should I care less?

  15. 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.

  16. 16
    The public says:

    There is a big dollop over there. Yes, there, on Guido’s laptop.

  17. 17
  18. 18
    Elizabeth Violet Bott says:

    Mehdi is a lefty friend of Gweeeeedo who when losing an argument, which is what always happens, scweams and scweams WACIST!

  19. 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.

  20. 20
    Dickipedia says:

    In answer to your questions …

    1. Rancid Smegma
    2. No

  21. 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?

  22. 22
    A Reader says:

    A bit like this site will be if they don’t start putting up some stories that are interesting.

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    So now you are all hat and no cattle?

  24. 24
    Dickipedia says:

    Or interesting comments from Mr First past the post FFS

  25. 25
    Mehdi Hasan says:

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

  26. 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

  27. 27
    A Reader says:

    I was only first once. I was shocked. I had always assumed the people who do that work for Guido

  28. 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

  29. 29
    Alasdair Campbell Murderer says:

    Has anyone ever read the Huffington Post more than once?

  30. 30
    Alasdair Campbell Murderer says:

    Has anybody ever read the Huffington Post more than once?

  31. 31
    GlowSticksAloft says:

    Yeah but this guy says it better:

  32. 32
    Matron Miller says:

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

  33. 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. 34
    Matron Miller says:

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

  35. 35
    GlowSticksAloft says:

    Damn Google! – Wrong linky

  36. 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!

  37. 37
    A Reader says:

    No-one cares. Only Guido and about half a dozen people who have disappeared into the metrosexual media and Westminster village and seem to have lost their way.

  38. 38
    Matron Miller says:

    It’s all those expense account lunches. I have warned Pickles about the same thing.

  39. 39
    A Reader says:

    Probably the people who work there, but not many other people.

  40. 40
    Casual Observer says:

    No one really reads what he writes, but he does pick up a bit of flak on twitter.

  41. 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…

  42. 42
    Mr BumBum says:

    Is “metrosexual” the same as “bumbandit”?

  43. 43
    LPF says:

    You are Tom Watson and I claim my £5!

  44. 44
    LPF says:

    Well thats twice you’ve posted that no one cares Tom ;)

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

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

  46. 46
    Breton says:

    Exactly. Why does anyone care?

  47. 47
    Hugh Faq Wing Bestud says:

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

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