Monday, June 26, 2006

"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


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 . . .


Anonymous said...

To search all current blogs quickly on a selected topic, I've found the following to be the most effective:

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.

Anonymous said...

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

I'd vote for it.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Rost,

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

Anonymous 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?

Anonymous 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.

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.

Anonymous 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.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous 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.

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.

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.

Anonymous 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.


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.

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