Arianna Huffington’s ideological transformation
By Dana Milbank
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
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This transformation should come as no surprise to anybody who has followed Huffington’s remarkable career. Greek-born and Cambridge-educated, she has always been on the move ideologically, from her early squabbles with feminism to her role as a minister with the new-age Movement for Spiritual Inner Awareness, from her membership in Newt Gingrich’s brain trust to her stint as populist activist – all before her greatest act, the Huffington Post.
I say this with admiration. Huffington deserves every one of those millions she’ll be paid by AOL for creating this online sensation.
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Could, perhaps, she better be characterized as an “opportunist”?
Moving her “beliefs” to what sells “best”!
I remember listening to her when she was on the tube in the “conservative role”. She just didn’t ring true. As if she was working form talking points. (You can always tell a “true believer” they have their talking points engraved on their heart. I always attributed her stumbling on points to “English as a Second Language”. It really was I’m just peddling the pablum to a willing audience.
I find that distressing. This whole episode distressing. It’s like she’s an entertainer changing roles.
By definition, she has no credibility. When you hear her spout, she’s merely repeating someone else’s ideas. I’d rather hear from the originator. Newt, Walter Williams, Rick Santelli, Bill Cosby, even the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Give us the original thinkers speaking in their own voice. Not regurgitated <synonym for excrement>!
Given that AOL is a shadow of its former self, relying on surviving on the ignorance of old people to pay a monthly subscription, thay have to find a source of revenue that’s not dying.
Sorry to say, I think they just pumped more money down a rathole.
Due to a good pitch by a master saleswoman.
But they shouldn’t feel bad, Adam was sold an apple by the same type of gal!
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