About the Huffington Post

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(1) Overview

(2) HuffPost’s public claims about its nonpartisan, professional journalistic standards and practices

(3) AOL’s pitch to prospective HuffPost advertisers

(4) The reality


(1) Overview

The Huffington Post, or ‘HuffPost,’ claims it has nearly 130 million readers per month, making it “the largest news site in the U.S.” One traffic analysis site claims that with its fifteen international editions, HuffPost is now the #1 most-popular political website in the world. It is owned by AOL, which in turn is owned by Verizon.

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(2) HuffPost’s public claims about its nonpartisan, professional journalistic standards and practices

HuffPost’s banner claims its first mission is to “inform” its readers:
16Dec15 HP banner2According to its founder and editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington, this means “informing” readers in an nonpartisan and fearless way::

Arianna13“[T]oo many reporters have forgotten that the highest calling of journalists is to ferret out the truth, consequences be damned.”

“The editorial stance of the Huffington Post is to debunk the right-left way of thinking, which has become completely obsolete.”

“[HuffPost is] increasingly seen … as an Internet newspaper, not positioned ideologically in terms of how we cover the news.”

See other quotes by Huffington asserting her website’s alleged nonpartisanship at:

HuffPost’s repeated public claims of nonpartisan journalistic principles

And AOL tells HuffPost’s prospective advertisers that it is (screencap):

“[t]he new model for media organizations.”

Journalists Are Enabling A Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison, by Daniel Marans, Huffington Post, December 4, 2016.

Rather than provide measured, reporting-based commentary, [Chuck] Todd and [Ruth] Marcus exemplify how journalists are capable of doing politicians’ bidding. Intentionally or not, they are boosting the conservative forces in the Democratic Party who want to block Ellison because of his strong stance against the Israeli occupation, for the Iran nuclear deal and other progressive Middle East policies.


Verizon’s stated core values

Verizon’s publicly-stated values and credo:

Verizon’s Values

We stand for integrity, respect, performance excellence and accountability. This reaches beyond products and services, connecting our customers to a larger truth about what we do and why it matters.

Verizon’s Credo

We are committed to do the right thing and follow sound business practices…to make the world in which we work better than it was yesterday.

 


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