Posted on | September 2, 2011 | 33 Comments
At least that’s what it looks like, but first the background: Remember, AOL in February paid upwards of $300 million to acquire HuffPo in a deal that reportedly gave Arianna “control of all of AOL’s editorial content.” That big effing deal happened less than six months after AOL paid a reported $30 million to buy TechCrunch, the super-popular technology/business blog started in 2005 by Michael Arrington.
TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington no longer works for TechCrunch, says Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of AOLHuffington Post Media Group.
This contradicts some initial reports of Mr. Arrington’s new role, which said that Mr. Arrington would continue to report to Ms. Huffington, would retain the official title of “founding editor,” and would still be employed as a writer for TechCrunch.
This allegedly has something to do with Arrington starting a technology investment fund, a move decried as a violation of journalism ethics.
Now you understand why I’ve resisted all those lucrative offers* to sell TheOtherMcCain.com to international media conglomerates. You can’t get fired if you don’t have a boss. And I’d go back to driving a forklift before I’d work for a crazy bitch who talks like Zsa Zsa Gabor.
* This involves a definition of “lucrative offers” not quite as high as $300 million, and a definition of “international media conglomerates” that includes anyone stupid enough to offer money to buy a blog. A Venn diagram showing Set A as “people with lots of money” and Set B as “people who want to buy a blog” would show an extraordinarily tiny overlap in Set AB, none of whom have shown any interest in TheOtherMcCain.com — yet.
- May 24: News From the HuffPo ‘Veal Pen’
- May 5: Arianna Huffington Offers Exciting New Opportunities for You to Blog for Free!
- April 12: This Reminds Me of Stalingrad
- Feb. 22: ‘Gutfeld Claims He Was Offered His Fox Show Because of His Writing on HuffPost’
- Feb. 9: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire: Matt Lewis Won’t Work for Arianna Huffington; Soon He’ll Be Working for Tucker Carlson
- Feb. 7: HuffPo/AOL Deal: On Second Thought … Hell, No, It Still Doesn’t Make Any Sense
- Feb. 7: AOL Pays $315 Million for HuffPo