The squabble of words between Arianna Huffington and Bill Keller doesn’t look to be dying down anytime soonThis morning Arianna posted a April Fool’s piece poking fun at the NYT new paywall, and this weekend the NYT magazine is running a surprisingly contentious Q&A they did with her.
Suffice to say, there is no love lost.
Interestingly, Romenesko notes the NYT Mag piece was conducted in early March a few days before Keller’s now-infamous column on why HuffPo is evil and was followed up on after it was published.
That said, judging by the tone of Andrew Goldman’s questions, it’s clear Keller’s views are held by others at the paper of record.
What’s less clear is how the NYT comes out of any of this looking good, or more to the point, not looking idiotic. First rule of media fight club is you only punch up, something Arianna is quite well-versed in.
The NYT, meanwhile, continues to come across as some foot-stomping, spoiled child who’s just been forced out into the real world and doesn’t like it one bit. One imagines if they keep this sort of attitude up they will likely find themselves so far down they’ll be lucky to get a view of Arianna’s foot.
Here’s the best part of the Q&A. You can read the rest here >
I look at your writers much less than I find myself clicking on stuff that’s been aggregated or the more salacious, boob-related posts.
That’s really a shame. I think you’re missing out. Jason Linkins is doing some of the best media writing. Amanda Terkel’s coverage of Afghanistan has been ahead of the curve. Shahien Nasiripour has been breaking news constantly on Wall Street reform. Maybe you should be reading more of that and clicking less on the boobs.
You have been engaged in a public tiff with Bill Keller, the editor of this paper, as a result of the things he wrote a few weeks ago in the magazine. He compared your business model to Somali piracy.
What is amazing is that he did not provide a single piece of evidence. I mean, accusing us of theft and piracy is a pretty strong accusation. So if you’re going to accuse the Huffington Post Media Group of theft and piracy and you’re following Journalism 101 ground rules, you provide some evidence.
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