Contributors on strike from the Huffington Post are expanding their effort as an immediate resolution remains unlikely.
Bill Lasarow, the publisher and co-editor of Visual Art Source, told The Daily Caller in a phone interview that his organization is standing firm with its demands that the site reform its pay and content structures.
Participation in the strike has expanded beyond the membership of Visual Art Source, Lasarow told TheDC. He said that many other Huffington Post bloggers and contributors have joined.
Strike participants are demanding that the Huffington Post implement a system to pay contributors for their content, and for the site to differentiate between paid promotional content and the work of contributors.
Lasarow also said that “there was an interest expressed by some of the writers in developing an outreach campaign” to further broaden participation.
The Huffington Post has not reached out to the contributors who are on strike, Lasarow told TheDC.
“There are a number of staff people, including Arianna Huffington, who we have provided with a copy of the original strike statement,” Lasarow said.
Huffington’s awareness of the strike was confirmed by her statement at a conference Thursday when she said, “Go ahead, go on strike.” She also criticized “the idea of going on strike when no one really notices.”
Lasarow said that the comments show that Huffington, a progressive commentator who built the Huffington Post into one of the internet’s most visited websites with the assistance of unpaid contributors, “is a hypocrite.”
Asked about reports that the Huffington Post was engaging in censorship by removing posts about the strike, Lasarow confirmed that his organization had its strike notice deleted.
“The only thing I know is that we did send in a posting of the strike notice,” he said. The post was, according to Lasarow, “immediately removed.”