Feb
06
2014
6

@HuffPostPol discovers what happens when you remove energy from a system. #obamacare

I actually feel sorry for the regular Huffington Post/AOL employees who will get hit by this.  I am utterly unsurprised that it happened, but I can feel bad for the regular employees while noting that we knew that this was going to happen:

“Obamacare is an additional $7.1 million expense for us as a company, so we have to decide whether or not to pass that expense to employees or whether to cut other benefits,” AOL’s Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong told CNBC Thursday morning. AOL is the parent company of The Huffington Post.

Beginning Jan. 1, AOL stopped depositing matching funds into employee 401(k) accounts each pay period. The company will now make one yearly lump-sum deposit of those matching funds into retirement accounts, at the beginning of each year.

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Nov
17
2013
5

As God is my witness, I can’t tell whether this is trolling.

If I was going to write a vicious satire of the kind of exquisite duck-speaking that has become increasingly necessary in order to defend President Obama and his policies, I would have come up with… this.  The only change would be in that I wouldn’t call myself a black guy, obviously.

Seriously. I mean ‘duck-speaking’ in all of its Orwellian glory; cognitively speaking, that essay is a wasteland.  It collapses the second you type out “corporate bailouts,” “Proposition 8,” “Zimmerman case,” “5 million thrown off of their plans because of Obamamcare,” “jobless recovery,” “does not pay his own female staffers the same as his male ones,” “Office of the President-Elect,” “BP spill,” “tried to deny veterans their own monuments,” “drone strikes and kill lists,” “resegregating the DC school system,” and “tongue-tied without his Teleprompter.”  It has to be satire… but it got published in the Huffington Post.

And, dear God, the comments!

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane

May
15
2013
2

QotD, The Huffington Post (!) Takes Media Matters To The Woodshed edition.

This is how you tell Lefty groups that have made it to the media from Lefty groups who have not: see which ones are upset that the Department of Justice secretly subpoenaed two months’ worth of Associated Press phone records.The Huffington Post is an example of the former; Media Matters for America is a good example of the latter.  And the former is now taking the latter to task.  Now, HuffPo is still Lefty, so you know that there’s still going to be some gratuitous stuff in there, but here’s a good bit.

If you’d like the press to listen to your urgings, you are probably not going to get that to happen while taking the position that it’s OK for the government to snoop through the phone records of reporters and editors. To the perspective of those reporters and editors who were subject to the DoJ’s probe, and to the journalists who take the AP’s side in this matter, you guys are just dicks for putting out these talking points.

Excuse the language.  Not much else to say, otherwise, except to note HuffPo later notes that if Media Matters is going to be in a cleft stick if a Republican President ever does this.  This is probably incorrect: after all, Media Matters’ corporate masters are indifferent to consistency.  God knows that an objective look at the group’s success rate reveals that said masters are also indifferent to effectiveness…

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Nov
21
2012
--

QotD revisited, The Huffington Post (!) Gets Off A Good One edition.

On the suddenly-dead talking point about Rubio and the age of the Earth (spoiler warning: it’s pretty much the same thing as what Barack Obama said about the age of the Earth, which is why it’s a suddenly-dead talking point):

Scientists say with 99 percent certainty that the Earth is 4.54 billion years old. Politicians such as Rubio and Obama instead say with 100 percent certainty that the Earth is at least some number of years old and that they like winning elections.

…You don’t say?

Apr
10
2011
1

#rsrh Q&A Time with the Huffington Post.

Question:

Why does the Tea Party seem to be so much more effective than the left as a movement?

Answer:

Because you guys suck.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines)

Moe Lane

PS: …What? The guy doesn’t want the real answer: he’s too busy babbling about Koch Brothers conspiracy theories to make me believe that he would. He just wants somebody to validate his existence by linking to him and laughing – because, you know, this shows that somebody cares – and I’m cruising off of a good mood this morning because the French toast I made was spot-on. Cast iron and butter, and real maple syrup (because I can learn from my mistakes) to complement… where was I?

Yes, anyway, I’m not feeling particularly sadistic right now, so why not give this guy what he wants?

Apr
01
2011
4

#rsrh AOL, Huffington Post, Bill Maher, and the h-word.

“Hypocrisy,” of course.

It’s very entertaining to watch Newsbusters hammer AOL  and the Huffington Post for their rank hypocrisy in banning Andrew Breitbart from the latter’s front page for calling Van Jones a commie punk somewhere else, while letting Bill Maher stick around even though he used the c and t-words* somewhere else.  It’s even more entertaining to watch AOL and HuffPo try to put up a Cone of Silence on the subject.  But if you really want to hit AOL hard on this – and it has to be AOL; obviously, Arianna Huffington is comfortable with having one standard for people on the Right who make statements, and another with people on the Left who make infinitely worse statements – then you have to hit them in the only place that you can; their pocketbooks.  Which is very, very difficult, of course.

Oh, by the way: did you know that AOL still has 2.5 million actual subscribers, despite the fact that they don’t actually offer access that’s more sophisticated than dial-up?  Seriously.  If you have high-speed already, that $9.99/month plan pays for dial-up backup service; if you don’t actually need dial-up, you can keep your AOL account for free.

Interesting, no?

Moe Lane (more…)

Mar
26
2011
2

#rsrh A quick reminder on ad hominem.

As Ben Domenech noted on Twitter, if you’re a blogger it’s important to get your ad hominem insult up and public today if you want to guarantee that you’ll be keeping off of the Huffington Post’s front page.  Background on this absurd story here: the short version is that the Arisian mind-lords over at HuffPo flailed about like lobotomized geckos to find an excuse to throw Andrew Breitbart off of their front page after they invited him on it, and came up with the novel excuse that he had ad-hommed elsewhere.

Hi-jinks, as they said, ensued.

But let’s be clear about something about ad hominem arguments, because the term is horribly misused on the Internet: it is not the same as a direct insultAd hominem is when you bring up a person’s character or actions in order to try to invalidate the person’s argument; put more simply, it attempts to suggest that being wicked means that you can’t ever happen to be right about something.  Which is of course absurd.

So: if I write, say, that  Arianna Huffington is wrong about health care rationing because she’s an easily-scared poopyhead… well, that’s an ad hominem argument.  After all, her recto-cranial inversion has nothing to do with her (I assume) blind support of Obamacare, and it would be highly illogical of me to suggest that it did.  But if I write that Arianna Huffington is a miserable person because she’s an easily-scared poopyhead… well, that’s a direct insult and a mean thing to say – but it’s not an ad hominem.

I hope that this clears things up for people.

Aug
15
2010
2

#rsrh Schrodinger’s Greene (D CAND, SC-SEN)

(Via Hot Air Headlines) The Huffington Post is highly upset (but hiding it fairly well) that Sen John Cornyn of the NRSC is happily using the awkwardness that is the Alvin Greene candidacy for pushback against the Left’s peculiar notion that the Democratic party is somehow the mainstream one of the two in American politics.  Normally, I wouldn’t care overmuch for how much this upsets the HuffPo; but it’s funny to see a website so discombobulated that it can’t even keep track of its own argument.  To wit:

And yet, the unemployed veteran — who never did any formal campaigning — has been the most covered candidate of any running for office this cycle.

[snip]

And to the extent that voters are not aware of how odd both he and his campaign truly are, the impression can be left that it is a high-profile Democrat (not some mysterious eccentric) whose skeletons are being dragged out of the closet.

Bolding mine, in both places.  It’s one or the other, HuffPo.  You can’t complain about Alvin Greene being the subject of massive media attention and then pretend that the voters aren’t then going to be aware of the… unique nature… of who Sen Cornyn’s talking about.  OK, fine, you can, but it just won’t work.

Unfair?  Since when did the Huffington Post care about fairness?  As I like to say: Karma.  It’s what’s for dinner.

Moe Lane

Oct
14
2009
1

Does the Huffington Post not read its own writers?

(Via Hot Air Headlines) I can’t say that I blame them if they don’t, but surely if HuffPo’s own Peter Dreier can feverishly and masochistically [verb deleted in the interests of good taste] to the thought of the Evil VRWC coming to get him, surely they can let Glenn Beck use a Niemoller reference wrt Fox News.  I mean, fair’s fair: either HuffPo shouldn’t do it either, or else Glenn Beck can.  Whining about the latter emulating the former’s example seems… goofy.

I mean, show some professional pride, guys.  I understand that you’re not paid to think, but try not to make the rest of us look bad, OK?

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Sep
26
2009
2

Peter Dreier staples one hand to forehead.

Delicacy prevents me from commenting about what the other hand is apparently doing.

(Via Hot Air Headlines) I don’t know what’s funnier about this particular ‘first-they-came’ piece from HuffPo:

  • That the author apparently seriously expects people to believe that ACORN, SEIU, the Apollo Alliance, the Center for American Progress, the Sierra Club, the National Organization of Women, ‘community organizers,’ AFSCME, the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP, the ACLU, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Council of Churches, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the AARP, the Teamsters, the Catholic Worker, UNITE HERE, the Immigrant Solidarity Network, the National Education Association, the U.S. Student Association, and/or the American Association of University Professors are not part and parcel of the Democratic Party;
  • Or that the author apparently believes that Big Business, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs, the Religious Right, the Wall Street Journal, Mitch McConnell, and/or Karl Rove can agree on anything, down to and including what time it is.

It’s like these people want to imagine a boot stomping on their faces – forever.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

May
21
2009
1

Dodd lying to Left over online lender lobbyist ties?

Credit where credit is due: this is a nice piece of reporting on Dodd by the Huffington Post. The title (“Dodd Dinner With Online Payday Lenders Transforms Into Fundraiser“) explains a bit already, but the background is this: there’s a lobbying group called the Online Lenders Alliance.  Fair enough.  They’re throwing a conference this week. So far, so good.  There’s a bunch of people from Congress involved or speaking, on both sides of the aisle.  Fine*.  Senator Dodd was one of the scheduled Senators for the event, except when asked about it first his staff, then Dodd himself flatly denied that he was there on OLA’s behalf at all; it was an independent fundraising dinner.  Nothing unusu… wait, what?

Inside the restaurant, Dodd staffers said the dinner, which was not open to press, was not even sponsored by the Online Lenders Alliance.

The dinner “is not an OLA event,” OLA spokeswoman Lisa McGreevy said in a subsequent phone interview. But the OLA agenda lists a Dodd dinner — was there a mixup?

“I don’t think there was any mixup,” she said. “There is a fundraiser tonight for Senator Dodd.”

McGreevy added: “There may be some OLA people there.”

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Feb
20
2009
1

The Huffington Post Gleefully Falls for a Hoax. [UPDATE] They almost sound sorry for this one.

I guess that they really have joined the ranks of the media.

[UPDATE]: HuffPo now regrets the error.  Full points for retracting it in the story itself; 75% off the total for blaming it on a third party and not their own shoddy fact-checking.

They’re playing the same behavior pattern of slovenly reporting. In this case, failing to confirm before they screamed and leaped. Via Hot Air Headlines, johnny dollar has the details: to summarize, a video used by the HuffPo that purported to have a radio talk-show host compare Eric Holder to a monkey turned out to been a cheesy overdub. One that would have been obvious to anybody who examined the original feed (more…)

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