The Guardian analyzes the emergence of the Huffington Post as a serious force in journalism:
There’s precious little good news from America’s current affairs
media these days. Barely a week passes without another announcement of
savage staff cuts, bankruptcies or even closures at newsrooms across
the US. But last week champagne corks were popping. The
the New York-based liberal blog, announced it was setting up a $1.75m
fund to help fill the gap left by the decimation of US investigative
The initiative, said the site’s founder, Arianna
Huffington, was an attempt to preserve good journalism in America. “For
too long,” she said, “we’ve had too many autopsies and not enough
biopsies. The HuffFund is our attempt to change this.”
The aim is
to dig away at weighty subjects, starting with the economic crisis. The
fund will provide for up to 10 staff, supplemented by freelancers, many
of them old media stalwarts sacked from failing news institutions.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.