AOL HuffPo Writers Hanging Up

 

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Bloggers from AOL’s stable of online media titles are heading for the exits following the announcement that Verizon will acquire AOL for $4.4 billion. Within hours of the deal coming to light yesterday, writers from AOL’s media wing, which includes Huffington Post, Engadget and TechCrunch, were firing off speculative job applications. Who wouldn’t want to work for a phone company?

Verizon has a less than stellar reputation when it comes to running media companies. Last year they launched a tech blog called SugarString that explicitly banned its reporters from covering certain topics. Worryingly for HuffPo writers, SugarString was quickly shuttered…

More Dods Losses: Paul Waugh to HuffPo

Replacing Mehdi at HuffPo is:

Following on from Sam McCrory’s move to the BBC this means struggling Dods have now lost their two most senior editorial staff in two months. Smart move by AOL, Mehdi was more of a polemicist and interviewer than a news man. Comment is cheap and over-supplied, news is in more demand. Waugh has a better nose for news than his predecessor. Congratulations… It’s still Waugh!

Look Mehdi, US Cartoon Mocks 9/11 And No One Gets Shot

“I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists,” says Mehdi Hasan as he finally gives his two cents on the Paris terror attack. He asks: “Has your publication, for example, run cartoons mocking the Holocaust? No? How about caricatures of the 9/11 victims falling from the twin towers? I didn’t think so (and I am glad it hasn’t).”

Actually, Mehdi, US cartoons constantly make jokes about 9/11, and pretty mainstream, much-loved ones too. Here are just three such gags from Family Guy:

And look, a “cartoon mocking the Holocaust”:

And yet no one reached for their Kalashnikov…

Mr Hasan Goes to Washington

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Terrible news: Mehdi is leaving Al-HuffPo to join Al-Jazeera in DC. After the letter to Mr Dacre didn’t pay off, it looks like the one to AJ did. “Dear Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani”…

Joking apart, we’ll miss you Mehdi. Congratulations.

UPDATE:

For a sense of perspective Al Jazeera America has 1% of the audience that Fox News does…

The Mehdi Effect: HuffPo Promote Iranian State Propaganda

How far will the Huffington Post stoop to attack a commercial rival? Today they have published a story promoting a video from Iranian state propaganda TV channel Press TV, best known for its anti-Semitic broadcasts, spinning for Ahmadinejad and promoting the country’s nuclear programme. And there was Guido thinking Al-HuffPo were only doing the Qataris’ dirty work…

Mehdi’s HuffPo Peddled ISIS Conspiracy Theory as Lead Story

“Did you know that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis, was trained by Mossad and the CIA?” asks Mehdi Hasan sarcastically in his HuffPo column this afternoon. It’s a good piece and worth reading, in it Mehdi argues that many Muslims around the world too often fall for loony conspiracy theories. He asks:

“Why are so many of my fellow Muslims so gullible and so quick to believe bonkers conspiracy theories? How have the pedlars of paranoia amassed such influence within Muslim communities?”

Who would peddle such nonsense? HuffPo UK, of which Mehdi is Political Director, ran this as their splash just three weeks ago:

‘Password 360′ is one of the main ISIS conspiracy theories, alleging that the latest great threat to civilisation is all a big CIA plot. Three weeks ago HuffPo thought it was worth running as their lead story. Where do people get their crazy ideas, eh?

UPDATE: Guido has been reminded that Mehdi once peddled his own conspiracy theory that 535 people controlled by the “American Israel lobby” were blocking peace in the Middle East? Why, indeed, is the Muslim world in thrall to conspiracy theories?

Carla Buzasi OUT at HuffPoUK
Soft-core Editor Returns To Fashion World 

The Huffington Post UK’s founding editor Carla Buzasi is out of the job. Media Guardian remain tactful:

“The move is a blow to HuffPo UK, which tried to keep Buzasi’s hankering for life beyond news sated by promoting her to lead global editorial strategy for lifestyle…”

Poor Mehdi seems to have been overlooked for the top job.

Perhaps new editor Stephen Hull could clear up the vanity project’s greatest conundrum. Why does a website that campaigns against Page 3 and the exploitation of women, rely so heavily on pictures of naked girls to boost their flat-lining traffic numbers? Here are Carla’s Greatest Tits:

Boobing Buzasi claimed to be fighting the feminist cause, while editing a site littered with content every day that bordered on soft porn.

So long Carla, it’s been tit-tastic.

Carla In Jealous Bikini Huff

Guido is beginning to wonder whether Huffington Post UK editor Carla Buzasi is smoking crack:

Really Carla, really?

Shall we have a look at what HuffPo have been up to recently. For starters, the word bikini brings up 24,700 on a search of the site. Recent additions include:

Beach Babes: 150 Hot Celebrity Bikini Bodies (PICTURES)

Abbey Clancy Shows Off Her Figure In Barely-There Bikini (PICS)

And Guido’s personal favourite:

‘TOWIE’ Star Bobby Norris And Boyfriend Harry Derbidge Let It All Hang Out In Bizarre Swimwear In Marbella (PICS)

The caveat must be ‘successful’ – not a word often associated with Arianna’s London vanity project.

HuffPo Has Photo of Couple Having Sex on Front Page

Editor in Chief of Huffington Post UK Carla Buzasi is not impressed with Time magazine for putting a photo of a scantily-clad Beyonce on their front page:

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Mehdi’s Corporate Paymaster Censors Critics

In a change from side-boob and upskirt shots, Mehdi Hasan is frothing about ‘corporate welfare’ (geddit) over at the Huffington Post. He’s attacking the media for being complicit with large companies and banks:

“They are aided by their

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Huff Po Upskirt New Lo

upskirtTabloids have standards, nipples are in, pink bits are not, full frontal is a no no and the only tabloid that ever does upskirt shots is the top-shelf Sunday Sport. The occasional Duchess of Cambridge skirts in gusts of […]

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Tit-Tastic Day For HuffPost UK

“The fascination with bodies, celebrity or otherwise, isn’t exactly something new, of course, and shows no sign of abating. But here’s a thought: why don’t we just stop?” Those were the noble words of HuffPost UK editor Carla Buzasi last […]

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