Huffington Post FIRED Me!
Arianna Huffington’s online newspaper, the Huffington Post, yesterday terminated former my access to the site after I wrote an investigative article about an anonymous heckler who had been stalking my Huffington blog. The heckler turned out to be Huffington Post’s own technology manager. You are reading my new, private blog.
In the article which caused HuffPo to suspend me I wrote, “In order for the Huffington Post to maintain its credibility, the site needs to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest or rigged rankings.”
The Huffington Post shut down access to this blog post; later in the day allowed the post to be viewed again, and then terminated my access to the site. The full article can be viewed here: http://peterrost.blogspot.com/2006/06/troll-inside-huffington-post.html
The Huffington Post wrote in a letter to me, “You have not been "fired" but rather asked to refrain from posting as our editorial staff felt that your recent blogs were not in line with the mission of our site.” HuffPo added, “this was not an Arianna call. Ultimately, the decision was an editorial one - not one person to be held responsible -- really.”
I was terminated without any investigation of the statements in my blog post, all of which were referenced using independent sources. I presented facts and made no allegations. Arianna Huffington’s newspaper decided to shut down the whistleblower and proved that her online magazine is no more ethical than the people and organizations she criticizes on a daily basis.
This is a sad day for online journalism.