Quote of the Day, Apparently Arianna Huffington Takes Stuff REALLY Personally edition.

This entire article about the fresh Hell that is HuffPo is marvelous – marvelous enough that I’m forced to ignore the fact that it’s from Gawker, which is just as bad a site – but I had to stop halfway through to immediately post this.

Arianna has Google alerts for “HuffPost” or “Huffington Post” or “HuffPo” and loves to forward attacks on the site to editors, whose job is then to explain why they didn’t do whatever they’ve been accused of.

Isn’t that an interesting thing?


LIBRE smacks HuffPo back on Latino outreach.

So, let me set the background, here.  The Huffington Post decided last week to run a hit piece (the lack of link is deliberate, and meant as an insult) on the LIBRE Initiative, which is a Spanish-language activist group that is also big on small-government conservatism (full disclosure: my friend/former RedState colleague Brian Faughnan happens to works for them). This sort of thing infuriates the (largely white) progressive leadership cadre, mostly because said leadership cadre has written for themselves a wonderful narrative where they’ve selflessly taken up the White Enlightened Man’s Person’s Burden to ward and foster and nurture all those disadvantaged Persons of Color.




Media Matters staff discovering that their bosses are union-busting hypocrites.

To quote Oscar Wilde, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at this:

The apparent decision by executives at Media Matters for America to oppose the unionization of their staff has left employees at the progressive media watchdog feeling stunned and betrayed, according to a statement from pro-union workers.

Media Matters management recently declined to recognize the union through the “card check” process, instead exercising its right to force a union election under National Labor Relations Board oversight. If an employer wants to keep a workplace union-free, the latter route can give it time to delay the proceedings, bring in union-busting consultants and pressure workers to vote down the union.



@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.



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


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…



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?


#rsrh Q&A Time with the Huffington Post.


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


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?


#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…)


#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.


#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.


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


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.

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