Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Inside Media: The Huffington Post

June 08, 2008

Guest: Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is clear about The Huffington Post's, mission in the blogosphere.

"We are trying to go back to the fundamental roots of journalism, which have always been about truth telling and truth seeking," she said. "We are trying to have alternate sources of news and opinion that do not simply regurgitate the traditional wisdom."

Huffington, the Internet newspaper's founder and editor-in-chief, sharply criticized what she called a "conventional wisdom media bias" that promotes "phony debates" in the news.

One example she cited was the war in Iraq.

"Coverage in the mainstream media has presented Iraq as a mixed bag," she said. "But Iraq is an unqualified disaster."

Huffington described how The Huffington Post's "Off the Bus" blog, which uses the contributions of citizen journalists, recently broke news that the national media followed.

"It's a new game we are in, and we don't know exactly where it's going to take us," she said. "But it's good to shake things up, because the mainstream media have basically again and again missed the story."

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