Monday, July 11th, 2011

Nice Child Thrown Under Bus at Huffington Post

Two days ago it became known that, a month ago, a youngster at the Huffington Post did a terrible job "summarizing" an Ad Age thing, and the Ad Age writer (Awl pal Simon Dumenco) reasonably beefed about the amount of taking versus linking, and the Huffington Post… suspended their writer indefinitely. This is along the lines of arresting hookers instead of johns, or drug users instead of drug importers, or something. The writer, who seems to be Yale class of (something fairly recent), Amy Lee, was doing pretty much what she'd been trained to do, either overtly or covertly, and she took the fall for the HuffPo, which is so obviously baloney. Isn't it bad enough that she has a terrible job, writing up news blurbs that no one reads (part of Ad Age's complaint is that the Huffington Post didn't actually send any traffic, but it's obvious from the HuffPo page that barely anyone saw that particular page, unlike some of her other aggregations on other boring topics), when her real-world interests are actually opera, contemporary classical music, poetry and art films.

So the Huffington Post thinks it gets off clean from these entrenched practices by temporarily canning a smart young person who's doing one of their terrible jobs as a way to get into writing and as a way to pay bills. It shouldn't.

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mjfrombuffalo (#2,561)

what, huffpo doesn't have editors? you know, the person who reads an article and sends it back because it's gotta be fixed before posting? Oh wait, you'd probably have to pay an editor. My bad.

RΞ@twitter (#16,199)


(thank you for writing this)

leahkfinnegan (#16,202)


Eric Spiegelman (#3,968)

This is "the AOL way"

erikonymous (#3,231)

I honestly can't figure out why people still write for HuffPo. They know they're going to get screwed over at some point. Just let the beast starve! Oh, and #FREEAMY

katherine (#10,025)

@erikonymous Because it's a job in something somewhat like journalism, which in case you haven't been paying attention don't really exist in large numbers?

brianvan (#149)

Someone's getting beat up by their tiger mother tonight…


#casualracism #possibleNBCsitcomplot

gsj (#16,213)

Can someone explain "indefinitely suspended" to me?

This sounds like a (hopefully illegal) way of firing someone without having to pay unemployment.

Not very out of character for Huff Poo. I once commented on an article, calling Al Sharpton an "ambulance chasing racist" and was banned for life from posting comments. Huff Poo is archaic, slanted garbage anyway.

Huffington Post hacked my voice mail and erased messages from Mila Kunis.

Nick Douglas (#7,095)

This sounds just like their handling of Patricia Chui, who got fired for suggesting bloggers start writing for free — which as a former AOLer I promise you was not her idea. Patricia got fired for being the first one they could blame. Then they continued to fire writers and ask them to work for free.

Also reminds me of how HuffPo and AOL managers regularly blamed each other for major decisions when they were shutting down over two dozen blogs. I was told by pre-HP AOL people that HP had killed my blog Urlesque, but then my (wonderful) supervisor under the new HP structure assured me that she loved Urlesque and had wanted it to stay.

Jed Smith@facebook (#16,415)

Yeah, but just because she went to Yale and is into opera and art films doesn't mean she's smart.

@Jed Smith@facebook …I agree with your perspective

I don't have a problem with HP firing a weak writer..Why should anyone reward lousy work..

theharpoon (#10,705)

@Greg Thrasher@facebook …

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