Adbusters: The Left Built Huffington, and We Can Tear It Down Too
By David Edwards /

The purchase of the Huffington Post by AOL left many of the progressive writers and readers that made the site into a powerhouse looking for a new home.

Adbusters magazine set out to unite those disaffected former supporters of Arianna Huffington's flagship site by suggesting they use social media to promote alternatives.

"Socialite Arianna Huffington built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists," a post at Adbusters begins. "She exploited our idealism and let us labor under the illusion that the Huffington Post was different, independent and leftist. Now she’s cashed in and three thousand indie bloggers find themselves working for a megacorp."

But the Huffington Post is not Arianna’s to sell. It is ours: the lefty writers and readers, environmentalism activists and anti-corporate organizers who flooded the site with 25 million visits a month. So we’re going to take it back.

We’ll stop going to her site. And we’ll stop blogging for her too. Then we’ll give birth to an alternative to AOL’s HuffPo by using the #huffpuff hash tag to tell the world about our favorite counter-culture websites and indie blogs.

"We are the ones who built the Huffington Post. And now we will be the ones who will huff & puff it down," Adbusters concluded.

A quick search of the social network Twitter indicated that the hashtag #huffpuff was already being used to propose alternatives.

"My favorite @HuffPost alternative is @therealnews. Join the #huffpuff boycott!" Ben Lucyk suggested.

"Following #HuffPuff? Try @therealnews | @truthout | @buzzflash | @factcheckdotorg | @CatoInstitute | @Truthdig | @AlterNet," James Young tweeted.

Al Giordano, publisher of Narco News, pledged to no longer provide content to the Huffington Post.

"As long as I live and breathe, this online newspaper - Narco News and its pages - will never be sold to a profit-making venture," he wrote. "Somebody has to set a higher standard around this water cooler called the Internet."

Arianna Huffington's new role as editor in chief of AOL sites has also caused some conservative bloggers to take their business elsewhere. Matt Lewis announced Tuesday that he was leaving AOL's Politics Daily for The Daily Caller.

"As a conservative (albeit, an admittedly iconoclastic one), it is vital that I maintain the freedom to call them like I see them," he wrote.

An informal survey of 500 Huffington Post commenters conducted by The Daily Beast found that 81 percent opposed the acquisition while only 19 percent expressed some optimism about it.

"We made HuffPost and we are being abandoned," one commenter wrote. "They will aim for the center. That’s where the big money is."

Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post's co-founder and editor-in-chief, had been trying to downplay the importance of partisan politics after the announcement.

"We don't see ourselves as left," Huffington told Politico. "And I think it’s one area where news consumers are ahead of the media, because they know that continuing to see everything that’s happening as a right-left issue is missing what’s happening, and is also making it much harder for us to be properly informed."

-- with earlier reporting by Eric W. Dolan

0.0 · 0
What's Next
Load Comments
Trending Today
Today I Rise
4 min · 19,457 views today · The world is missing what I am ready to give: My wisdom, My sweetness, My love and my hunger for Peace.
Sweden's Feminist Foreign Minister Has Dared to Tell the Truth About Saudi Arabia. What Happens Now Concerns Us All
Nick Cohen · 14,275 views today · Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more likely
Christopher Columbus Was Worse Than ISIS
9 min · 7,061 views today · Monday, October 12th is Columbus Day, which we have celebrated in this country since the eighteenth century... and that's probably long enough. When you find out the actual...
How to Disagree
Paul Graham · 5,273 views today · The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do—in comment threads, on...
HUMAN (2015)
382 min · 2,414 views today · What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery?  Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist...
Welcome to Marinaleda: The Spanish Anti-Capitalist Town With Equal Wage Full Employment and $19 Housing
Jade Small · 1,968 views today · With virtually no police, crime or unemployment, meet the Spanish town described as a democratic, socialist utopia. Unemployment is non-existent in Marinaleda, an Andalusian...
A Gentlemen's Guide To Rape Culture
Zaron Burnett III · 1,936 views today · If you are a man, you are part of rape culture. I know … that sounds rough. You’re not a rapist. But you may (inadvertently) perpetuate the attitudes and behaviors commonly...
'Agrihoods' Offer Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms, Not Golf Courses
Joseph Erbentraut · 1,892 views today · The model takes the idea of farm-to-table to the next level.
Inside the Saudi Kingdom: Butchery, Slavery & History of Revolt
27 min · 1,891 views today · Meet the new head of the United Nations panel on Human Rights: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy, and...
Lawrence, KS Mayor Declares Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day in Place of Columbus Day
Jessica Larson · 1,831 views today · After years of protesting, the Native American community can officially celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in place of Columbus Day in Lawrence. At the City Commission meeting...
Chernobyl Study: 'Amazing Illustration' of How Destructive Human Civilization Has Become
Jon Queally · 1,030 views today · It upends common sense in many ways, but new research highlights how animal populations can thrive... when humans go away
Baranaja - Twelve Seeds of Sustainability
6 min · 886 views today · 300 million farmers is a whole lot of famers. India is their home, making it the country with the largest number of small-scale food growers in the world. Most of these farmers...
The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change The World
Films For Action · 886 views today · A more beautiful, just and sustainable world is possible. Take this library and use it to inspire global change!
Touch Isolation: How Homophobia Has Robbed All Men Of Touch
Mark Greene · 861 views today · Homophobic prohibitions against male touch are hurting straight men as well.
5 Short Films About the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Andrew Butler · 858 views today · Twelve nations have signed a trade agreement that puts corporate profits before the needs and rights of citizens
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 854 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
Wikileaks Exposes Secret Deal to Get Saudi Arabia on UN Human Rights Council
Michaela Whitton · 798 views today · Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Human Rights Council, leaked diplomatic cables have revealed the UK was a key player in the election of...
Wikileaks vs. the Empire: the Revolutionary Act of Telling the Truth
John Pilger · 788 views today · George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” These are dark times, in which the propaganda of deceit touches all our lives...
TPP, TTIP & TISA - Trade Deals to Create a New Global Legal and Economic System
11 min · 693 views today · The Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dubbed the TTIP an "economic NATO," comparing it to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance. Over the last...
Tired of Capitalism? There Could Be a Better Way.
Matt Bruenig · 544 views today · Capitalism is a coercive economic system that creates persistent patterns of economic deprivation. Governments have typically dealt with capitalism’s more misery-inducing...
Load More
Like us on Facebook?