Arianna Huffington: AOL won’t become a lefty site

Huffington Post CEO Arianna Huffington counters claims that her online news website’s merger with AOL will cause AOL to shift left politically.

Huffington, a well known liberal commentator, told The Wrap on Tuesday that the Huffington Post’s political coverage is “beyond left and right” and incorporates differing views.

“First of all, people forget that the Huffington Post now consists of 26 sections and only 15 percent of our traffic comes from politics,” Huffington said. “There is just an enormous array of content offerings. Beyond that, if you look at our political coverage, it’s what I describe as beyond left and right and we are determined to make it clear that having multiple views on all issues is just  a new way to look at how political coverage proceeds rather than reflexively dividing each issue as a left wing and a right wing position.”

When asked directly if the Huffington Post would have a politically left-wing influence on AOL, Huffington responded, “Of course not.”

“It’s not a political site,” Huffington said of AOL. “It has Politics Daily, which is the section that covers politics, but it’s not a political site. In fact, from the beginning, I was always clear that I did not want Huffington Post to be just a political site. I always wanted it to be an Internet newspaper, covering every possible interest, including the whole issue of women and living and how we live our lives.”

Huffington, who reportedly earned a $100 million personal payday from her site’s sale to AOL, has been criticized by some for going through with the merger. Many have condemned her for “selling out” and threatened to stop visiting her website.

“The fact is that AOL and the Huffington Post simply recapitulate in the new media many of the worst abuses of the old economy’s industrial capitalism — the sweatshop, the speedup and piecework; huge profits for the owners; desperation, drudgery and exploitation for the workers,” wrote Los Angeles Times columnist Tim Rutten. “No child labor, yet, but if there were more page views in it.”

WATCH: Arianna Huffington on why the website collaboration won’t push AOL to the left

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  • thamesford

    I await the first balanced article with baited breath (which I won’t be holding – btw)


    What is really sad is a person that has no core values and a person that is absent of any principles. That person is Ariana Huffington. She and the Huffington post are in bed with the likes of George Soros and for Huffington to suggest that AOL will not swing to the left is a bald faced lie. She and all of her vitriol represent all that is bad in journalism. Without a doubt this is a pivot point in the life of AOL and I predict an early demise.

  • BJC49

    HP is already so far left it’s sickening. They will not allow a conservative to post on that left wing site at all. If you say anything they disagree with they boot you off. They only allow hate spewing liberals to spew. I wonder if the capitalist witch will be giving all her money to charity? LMAO

  • devan95

    And this from the woman with the same judgment and logic that took her from a level headed, common sense, reasonable person to a far left loon who is so detached from reality she can’t tell left from right…..Just watch and compare how AOL treats the Tea Party protesters vs the Egyptian protesters and let me know if they call those marching in the streets of Cairo racists, bigots, anti-Semites or names of the more vile, disgusting and obscene variety like tea baggers……

  • truebearing

    AOL already is leaning left! What a joke. Politics Daily has been deleting, censoring, and blocking conservative comments since its inception. Huffington’s primary investor in starting the Huffpo was a former AOL executive. She’s lying through her hypocritical, gold digging teeth.

    Like her mentor, George Soros, she wants to further the left’s agenda, while she lines her pockets. Ah, the stench of leftist hypocrisy.

  • independencemp3

    OMG is she a capitalist pig or what? money money money – she oughta hook up with this weeks winner of the capitalist pig award: Micheal Moore. To quote the ol’ weird glam song, “I’ve changed my hairstyle so many times, I don’t know who I am.” Welcome Arianna to the world of admittance, because, damn it, your good enough, your glamorous enough, and your famous enough. Maybe you can get your ex-bed partner, Senator Franken, to tell a few jokes on your behalf.

  • Corona

    Oh God, no wonder the yellow bus is so short.

  • jonavark

    This ugly pathetic excuse for a woman is a lying sack of crap.

  • bigalsouth

    Depends on what the definition of “Left” is . . .