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"Boring Blogger Fired From Huffington Post"

OK, I have found one more negative blog. About me and my firing from HuffPo:

Boring Blogger Fired From Huffington Post

So now we are up to two blogs supporting Arianna.

Kind of.

Because this last one was actually pretty funny.

The blog "Outside the Beltway" analyzed Arianna's comment to New York Times.

“It seemed like his blog was becoming about personal grudges,” Ms. Huffington said. “That would have been no problem if the posts were interesting.”

So this blog concludes, "Since the second sentence completely negates the first, she should simply have said, “We fired him because he was boring.”

So there we have it. I was boring. And, boy did I get boring real fast. I mean they were suddenly in such a rush to change my access code. It had nothing to do with the the Troll Scandal. Just boredom. According to Arianna Huffington.

Quite frankly I'm a bit surprised that the mighty HuffPo hasn't been able to co-opt more bloggers to take their side. I figured a media company like the Huffington Post with cool geeks like Jonah Peretti would have been able to kick up some more dust. But maybe the spirit didn't move them. Maybe they all felt so . . . what's the word?

Stupid. That's the word.

Here are a few other recent blog posts and their take on the HuffPo Scandal:

Disillusioned Once Again

All The Gossip That's Fit To Print

Huffington Post Astroturfs for dollars, trolls, and loses credibility, loses Rost

THE WHISTLE BLOWS FOR THEE

Free Andy Yaco-Mink.

The last one is the second blog post about this story, by James Love at HuffPo. I guess he wasn't happy with the replies to his first post.

If you haven't read about his background and association with HuffPo partner Jonah Peretti, check out reader comments to HuffPo Troll Scandal Grows BIGGER.

The readers on this site have started to dig and they're digging faster than I can keep up. So don't miss their comments . . .

25 Comments:

Anonymous thebronxzoo said...

To search all current blogs quickly on a selected topic, I've found the following to be the most effective:
http://blogsearch.google.com/

6/26/2006  
Blogger bekkieann said...

I think I'm banned from commenting on anything related to Dr. Rost. I've posted half a dozen comments; one was deleted outright, of the others only one made it through. I can post easily on any other writers on HuffPo. I'm just banned from commenting on blogs by Arianna, Perreti, and the guy who wants to free Yacomink.

I want to point out that by manipulating the comments, HuffPo is manipulating our perception of the truth. We don't get to see the real reactions of all the readers.

On the topic of Yacomink making his comment a "best of", that's a simple matter for any programmer. Just add records to the database that holds the tally, indicate the vote for your comment, and enter fake IP addresses. Add enough 'votes' to achieve your purpose. It would only take a half hour if you were a slow typist.

6/26/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would it be wrong to submit this site to The Huffington Post's Contagious Festival for the month of July?

http://cf.huffingtonpost.com/

I'd vote for it.

6/26/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Rost,

Your blog entry about the Rendon Group is still being included at Huffingtonpost.com blog entries like the following one:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-rieckhoff/the-iraq-debate-new-id_b_23758.html

6/27/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

I just saw my last comment on James Love's post appear (and it wasn't very nice).
At first I thought they are posting everything and thinking no one will read them after all this time. But with all the noise over this issue, many will read comments just to see what everyone is saying.
Then I checked Suzanne Nossel's post and my comments (4 since yesterday) didn't appear, but I did see a couple of negative comments on the bottom.
One was by "val"..... was val not one of the names used to send an e-mail to MAXPOWER to solicite the ADs they were trying to sell? Or are there 2 vals? if the val that commented on Suzann's post is the same as the val from the e-mail, why is she posting the nastiest comment?

6/27/2006  
Anonymous thebronxzoo said...

I sort of find kind of strange, after scanning blogs for today, that the right wing blogs and press aren't having a field day with this HuffPo issue.

Does anyone have any thoughts as to why this could be happening?

6/27/2006  
Anonymous MaxPower said...

The Val that posted on the YesButNoButYes blog is most likely a HuffPo employee having posted from the same IP that Jonah Perretti and Yancomink used. The name isn't important, its the IP.

6/27/2006  
Blogger antichrist said...

Andy Yaco-Mink is listed as the website designer for "Vibration and Acoustics Laboratories" ... VAL!

This is the page that gives him credit:
http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/Reports/NSDL/PhysSci/2002/ps-021101-printable.html?PHPSESSID=0f9860cba91c11e352c27d6fe407012e#team

This is the page he designed:
http://www.val.me.vt.edu/

6/27/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can confirm that my comments critical of James Love's position were not allowed through.

They are suppressing negative comments, not all of them obviously, but enough. I suspect they're suppressing the ones that do a particularly good job of showing them how silly their rationalizations, and justifications actually are.

Ms. Huffington's reasoning crumbles under even cursory inspection. I've lost a lot of respect for her over the last few days.

6/27/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

antichrist,
OK.... now let's see why andy/val would attack Suzanne Nossell (oh not that I disagree.. she is clueless and I have said so enough times to be banned from commenting on her posts).
If val is Andy then, he has been making a lot of very pointed attack on several posts ( and I usually agreed with most of them) and Dr. Rost was not the only one he targeted.
So what does that mean?

6/27/2006  
Blogger antichrist said...

Yaco-Mink is the baiter. He generates more interest in the post by attacking the views of the blogger. Some readers respond in defense of the blogger and others agree with Yaco-Mink. It creates alot of traffic and therefore ad revenue. Perhaps many bloggers' at HoffPost have a nemesis that is a HoffPost employee. Peter did. Yaco-Mink identified himself in Peter's blog to help create a situation where Peter would get canned.

6/27/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

So business as usual...ha.... not even a break for the sake of saving face!
Doc,
If you have the time, maybe you can dig and see if this val is realy Andy. She posted a comment on Suzanne Nossell's article which was posted yesterday but is still running today called "foreign policy and the common good". I have only seen one val posting (from the tone of her/his comments) comments on several articles and they usually are very shrewd attacks on the blogger and/or commentors.

6/27/2006  
Blogger antichrist said...

Having a HuffPost employee act as a unidentified nemesis for targeted HuffPost bloggers is quite the viral marketing scheme. And we all know that Jonah Perreti (HuffPost partner) is an expert in this field, not counting his recent failed attempt at the JWT viral marketing campaign. I would think that targeted comments in the right blogs at the right times would generate lots of reader response, generating even more reponse, resulting in a virus.

I've been sending messages to JWT, keeping them up-to-date on the developments, and asking for comment. They have not replied yet.

6/27/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

antichrist,
Well your description fits this "val" to a T.... I see what you are saying about the strategy but is it to increase traffic so that more people are exposed to the ads or to prove to advertisers that traffic is high?

6/27/2006  
Anonymous thebronxzoo said...

beeta and antichrist

I'm not sure I agree that what's happening is that much of a conspiracy on HuffPo. It could all simply be a case of a lot of little people running around doing CYA because of very poor management.

That being said, it doesn't make it any less aggregious because HuffPo held itself out as this liberal beacon in the world of the blogs, which it has now shown itself not to be. It's really a shame and doesn't help the cause at all of getting Bush & Co. out of the Whitehouse anytime soon.

6/27/2006  
Blogger antichrist said...

HuffPost's servers will prove how much traffic they get, which then gets them a higher advertising fee.

I think there is too much money in it not to do it. I don't think Jonah Perreti started a liberal blogging site. I think he started a viral experiment designed to make money by capitalizing on political discussion. He then probably sold JWT on the idea, by revealing the success of the initial experiment to them. It proves the concept works, so they agree to give it a try with commericals.

6/27/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I ever run into Jonah in NYC, I'm kicking his ass.

6/27/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yacko's got a beatdown coming too. They can use all the money they made with viral marketing on hospital bills.

6/27/2006  
Anonymous TrollzRevil said...

I've long suspected something like this was going down at Huffpo simply due to the consistency and volume of troll posts.

It really is incredible. There are a handful of trolls that are there every day - usually the entire day and well into the night. (BJClinton, Cheneyhasaweathermachine, Senorpeerpressure) who all have similar posting styles and could easily be the same person.

A couple of nights ago BJClinton was up to his usual Bush Butt Kissing when I finally crashed out around midnight. I had to get up early the next morning and when I did he was *still* there; he'd been there literally all day and all night, trolling.

Now think about that. Either the guy is disabled and strapped to a wheelchair and a laptop, or he has absolutely no life, or he's getting paid by Rendon... or Arianna - just to keep the pot stirred so to speak.

*IF* that's true and Arianna is supplying her own trolls then I think the jig's up. I have no proof of this of course except that it would certainly line the pockets of Arianna sufficiently to make it worth her while to OK it.

All I know is the trolls mentioned above (and yeah, there are a few more) make visiting the Huffpo comment section about as pleasant as a root canal and Arianna sure never bans them. But almost without fail, ONE of those three are posting pretty much around the clock.

Smells fishy to me.

6/27/2006  
Blogger James said...

Heh. I'm not supporting Huffington--who I generally think is an annoying ass--just analyzing her quote, which I thought amusing. Frankly, I can count on one hand the number of posts at HuffPo I've read and I don't think yours was one of them.

6/27/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to encourage all of you to email regular contributors to the Huffington Blog to weigh in on this issue, or boycott the blog altogether. What progressive blogger truly wants his opinions blogged at a site that is manipulating the thread content? It is obvious, after watching Love's thread unfold on THP, that they are now limiting the responses, and hoping that this will blow over and quickly be forgotten. It would be a shame if that happened, for if nothing else, this Rost thing has shown us that The Huffington Post cannot be trusted to honestly represent a true consensus of the opinion of its posters. So again, I hope all of you will take the time to email their regular contributors to THP and let them know that it is in their best interests to encourage THP to apologize to its readers, FIRE that slimey troll Andy, and institute policies that prohibit its troll/techies from manipulating content.

6/27/2006  
Anonymous Reaniel said...

Wow, hey guys... please... no real life threats here, ok? As much as I want to redicule these clowns, I don't think declaring "I'm going to kick xxx's ass" is the way to go here. (Yes, I understand it's meant to be a joke, but you know, some people might take it too seriously)

Also, I'm trying to establish a timeline here.. will post it when I'm done with it.

-Reaniel

6/27/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Reaniel,
I agree, after all "the pen is mightier than the sword". We need people with "backbone", just not the GWB kind.

6/27/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've begun a boycott of HuffPo, I won't go to that site any more. I bounce by here now. If I want to see the content on HuffPo I can read it from Yahoo. It still hits their servers, but I don't see their ads, I see Yahoo's. I also don't have to put up with the trolls or the skewed commentary.

6/27/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got banned yet again for posting what I did on page 1 of the comments at the following blog entry (as censorship is still very much alive at Huffingtonpost.com):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/06/27/al-qaeda-jihadi-textbook_n_23892.html

bannedagain10

6/28/2006  

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