Well, yes you will; this is predictable, and I’m just mocking PuffHo’s clickbait.
All of us who think that writing skills should be remunerated despise the Huffington Post, for it pays nothing to most of its bloggers, counting on their desire for “air time” and name exposure. HuffPo gets the advertising money, and it doesn’t give squat to most people who write for them.
That’s simply exploitation. And that’s why I’ve always refused to write for that rapacious organ. If Ariana Huffington is supposed to be a caring liberal, why does she impose no-wage-slavery on her writers?
Anyway, reader Matt informed me that Ariana, needing help on a book, had one of her minions write for advice to journalist/author Lauren Lipton. The full story is at the media website. JimRomankeso.com, but I’ll reproduce the exchange here:
Subject: Inquiry from Arianna Huffington’s office:
I’m David, a Research Editor from Arianna Huffington’s office. Arianna is currently working on a book about the importance of sleep in our lives. In our research, we came across your piece on hotel beds. In that article, you mentioned that: “According to a 2014 Gallup survey, more than half of guests who stay in the highest-priced properties said they would pay more for an improved bed. Among all respondents, a comfortable bed was most often named as the most important feature of a hotel room”.
We were wondering if you have access to the Gallup research you mentioned in the article? We would like to cite it in Arianna’s book.
THE TESTY RESPONSE:
I know you’re just doing your job. So what I am about to say has nothing at all to do with you. It is solely for your boss, and I do hope you pass it along to her.
I have worked my entire career as a professional journalist. I have a masters degree in journalism from the USC Annenberg School and developed my skills as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and other A-list newspapers and magazines. These days you can find my byline in the New York Times, the WSJ, Allure and Town & Country, as well as numerous additional print and online publications.
I am very, very good at what I do.
Unfortunately, your boss’s predatory business practices have deeply undercut the ability of all reporters, writers and editors to make any kind of living wage. The rapacious Ms. Huffington seems to believe that journalism skills are worth nothing, and that my beleaguered colleagues and I should be thrilled to help her make hundreds of millions of dollars in return for “exposure.”
If Ms. Huffington would like to know how I uncovered that particular statistic, she is free to hire me and pay me for my time and expertise.
If she doesn’t wish to do so, she is welcome to track it down herself.
That’s right on the money. I hold PuffHo largely responsible for debasing journalism and impoverishing writers in the U.S., and it’s now extending its sticky grasp to other lands as well. Good for Lipton to tell Ariana exactly what she needs to hear!
Sadly, I’m sure it will have no effect. And there’s no chance that poor and desperate writers will boycott her thieving website. So we do know what will happen next. . .