Arianna Huffington's S.H.A.M.E. Profile

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S.H.A.M.E. Project just released a brand new profile. Our latest subject: Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post. Read about her decades-long history of labor exploitation, strategic plagiarism, deception, ideological flip-flopping and hucksterism—all of which became important elements in the Huffington Post's lucrative business model.

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Arianna Huffington


Arianna Huffington - SHAME Profile

Arianna Huffington (neé Stassinopoulos) is the perfect New Media symbol for the Obama Era, having conned progressives with the promise of a new, different, post-ideological model—and then delivering a cold hard dish of the same old exploitation, betrayal and hypocrisy. Arianna sold the Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million, sparking a fierce backlash from progressives who accused her of exploiting free labor under the pretense of political idealism and “citizen journalism.” Although the surface of Arianna's career is marked by well-publicized "conversions," a closer look reveals consistent patterns of labor exploitation, strategic plagiarism, deception and hucksterism—all of which became important elements in the Huffington Post's lucrative business model. The Huffington Post has done some excellent investigative journalism, but violates basic journalism ethics by allowing corporate propaganda, lobbyists for dictators, bankers and quacks to share the same space with reporters. The Guardian called it the "grand master" of "blurring the line between advertising and editorial." Even Arianna’s long involvement in a New Age cult has been absorbed into Huffington Post's strategy, influencing the site's characteristic cult of personality and huckster model of convincing idealistic activists to work for free under the guise of a higher calling.

  • Arianna’s debut book in 1973, The Female Woman: An Argument Against Women’s Liberation for Female Emancipation, was a “counter-attack” against the Women’s Liberation movement, which she dismissed as "repulsive... entirely destructive and vacuous.” She equated Women’s Lib to Nazism, and argued that it served the radical homosexual agenda against traditional womanhood: “Both the Nazis and Women’s Lib see the family as a political battleground and both despise the distinctively female virtues that the family epitomizes,” she wrote. "Women's Lib claims would transform the lives of all women for the better, the truth is that it would transform only the lives of women with strong lesbian tendencies.”
  • Arianna's second book, After Reason (1978), denounced social security as "a channel of subliminal manipulation" and charged "the welfare state has paved the way to the new totalitarianism." She pushed for eliminating all government social programs—which she called “welfare totalitarianism"—to be replaced by individual spiritualism and volunteerism. The Kochs’ Reason Magazine hailed Arianna as "an essential ally of libertarians" who "is to be congratulated on her able and thorough attack on collectivism."
  • In the 1970s, Arianna became involved in the rightwing New Age Rajneesh cult led by “sex guru” Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a promoter of free-market capitalism, an admirer of Hitler, and onetime owner of the world's largest fleet of Rolls Royces. In the mid-1980s, the Rajneesh was involved in the first-ever bioterrorism attack on US soil, poisoning over 700 Oregonians on voting day in order to control the local vote in the cult's district. The Rajneesh was arrested along with top aides and deported.


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