Category: Arianna Huffington’s full of crap

Andrew Sullivan on Brendon Eich; Huff Post and Entertainment Weekly Exploiting Writers?

Andrew Sullivan on Brendon Eich

I posted yesterday about anti-anti gay bullying with respect to what happened to Brendon Eich and the way he resigned as CEO of Mozilla due to alleged pressure from certain “activists” in the LGBT community. On occasion, I also post about how I sometimes find it interesting that some of my activist peers in the LGBT community preach tolerance and yet at the same time have no tolerance for anyone else. The same people who will call someone a “hater” are so filled with hate themselves they don’t even recognize it. And now gay blogger Andrew Sullivan is basically saying the same thing about what happened with Brendon Eich.

Sullivan wrote on The Dish: ‘The guy who had the gall to express his First Amendment rights and favour Prop 8 in California by donating US$1,000 has just been scalped by some gay activists.’ He continued: ‘Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.

If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.’

I can take this even further. But I won’t. The message is loud and clear as it stands. And frankly, I’m getting a little sick and tired of these “activist” types myself. I think it’s time they practice the tolerance and diversity they preach. I read something the other day by a gay man that stated if you’re Republican you are automatically a racist. I cringed for him because he’s so stupid, and for anyone out there who thinks all gay people feel that way.

You can read more here. It’s a brilliant post and I’m hoping more posts like this will change the proverbial tides a little. When I posted yesterday on this topic I presented the argument that Eich made a strong political statement with his contribution and he had to pay the consequences, which is true. Sullivan takes it a step further and states that Eich’s right to free speech was targeted because of his beliefs, which is wrong even though it happens all the time nowadays.

I’m getting a little sick and tired as a gay man of these “activists” because they by no means represent me…or my own values and ethics. And I think there are more of us…maybe even the majority…who need to speak up more about it.

Huff Post and Entertainment Weekly Exploiting Writers?

When I posted about Arianna Huffington’s practices of not paying bloggers yesterday I truly did not expect to see this article to which I’m linking now. Evidently, Huffington Post isn’t the only multi-million dollar publication taking on free content from writers, now it seems Entertainment Weekly is doing it, too. And this article by Scott Meslow is calling it shameless exploitation of newbie writers.

You can ignore Entertainment Weekly’s spin about “passion and unique voices.” This is a deeply cynical decision that feeds off the dreams of inexperienced writers who are hoping to make a name for themselves in entertainment journalism. According to a story in Digiday, The Community will be made up of bloggers discovered “through social media and J-schools.” Let’s call that what it really is: Entertainment Weekly taking advantage of young writers who want to launch their careers, but aren’t sure where else they can be published.
Unfortunately, writing is one of the few careers in the world where workers are willing to work for free…without a hint of complaining. I’ve seen it before, and yes, when I was younger I even did it sometimes against my better judgment. The temptation of seeing your byline and seeing something you wrote in print is often too hard to refuse. And we’re usually more than willing to sacrifice what we know is wrong in order to feed the vanity and insecurity that lurks in us all. But more than that, there will always be people like those at Entertainment Weekly and Arianna Huffington who are more than willing to take advantage of our weakest tendencies. And that’s a shame, because it’s hard to think of another industry that hates to pay its workers as much as publishing. It even goes deeper than freebies when it comes to how published authors get paid…royalties on a quarterly basis where you have to wait months to get compensated for the blood sweat and tears you put into a writing project. And even then most of us never know when the next check is coming, or how much we actually sold.  
In any event, you can read more here. And please writers don’t fall into that trap that just because you’re getting an article pubbed in a place like EW or Arianna Huffington’s publication you will land a better writing job or gain some kind of international attention because the odds of that happening aren’t all that great. The point is that writers are working hard and providing a viable service. Publications like EW are making millions of dollars and they should be compensating their writers with money just like everyone else in business.
At the end of the piece Scott Meslow leaves a very honest message to writers looking to break into journalism. He’s even offering to compensate them. If you click the link above you’ll find his contact info.

To put this in another way, this message Scott Meslow is telling us is what any good literary agent would be saying, too. And in a way, this is just one more reason why we NEED good agents to stand up for us.

He Slept With 200 Men; Kevin Spacey on Gay; Arianna Huffington: Thrive

He Slept With 200 Men

I don’t know why I find this fascinating. Is it because this guy claims he slept with over two hundred men? Or because he actually kept a record of it? In any event, after bedding down with over 200 men a UK man is now claiming he’s been turned around, he’s now straight, and he’s living happily-ever-after.

The 46-year-old, who is now part of a British Christian ‘gay cure’ group People Can Change, has now written about how he was able to ‘convert’.

When he was 18, and he moved to London, he believed he had over 200 sexual partners while he was on the gay scene.

I still can’t believe he kept records. After the first 50 most would have lost track. I know I would have.

You can read more here.

Kevin Spacey on Gay

This article talks about how private Kevin Spacey has always been about his life. It says he basically shuts down with anyone…or any question…regarding anything personal.

‘Let’s let people live their lives and do it the way they want to do it,’ he tells The Reporter.

‘All the chips will fall in the end, and we’ll all be judged by a much higher power than Entertainment Weekly can.’

Sometimes I think this is the best time ever for C and D listers with regard to coming out of the closet and getting attention for it. Not in all cases, but in some. The fact remains that while coming out is a good thing for many, it’s absolutely terrifying for some and I’ve heard there’s more pressure than ever now.

So while I love everything Kevin Spacey has ever done in his life, I don’t care if he’s attracted to pink giraffes with purple polka dots. He has every right to live his private life in complete silence. It’s his business.

You can read more here.

When I post like this I do it because no one else does and if by chance someone reading this realizes it’s okay not to feel pressured about coming out of the closet if they aren’t ready I did something positive.

Arianna Huffington: Thrive

I have to admit, in full disclosure, I’m not Arianna Huffington’s biggest fan. I admire her tenacity, but also think she’s so full of crap it’s coming out of her freaking ears. And this next article does everything but rim her.

Arianna Huffington has had a remarkable rise from poverty to become editor of the world’s second-biggest news website, the Huffington Post. And as her new book shows, it has taken extraordinary determination.

She has done many things with her life, no one can argue this. However, she hooked up with much older Bernard Levin in 1971 at the age of 21 and he allegedly helped mold her writing career. She’s been a liberal, and then a conservative, and then a liberal again, depending on which way the proverbial wind blows. She’s also allegedly been accused of plagiarism more than once for non-fiction books she wrote.

From Wiki:

Lydia Gasman, an art history professor at the University of Virginia, claimed that Huffington’s 1988 biography of Pablo Picasso, Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, included themes similar to those in her unpublished four-volume Ph.D. thesis. “What she did was steal twenty years of my work,” Gasman told Maureen Orth in 1994. Gasman did not file suit.

In any event, she has a new book out and the author of this article seems to be drooling over HRH Arianna, to the point of making herself look ill informed.

There is something phenomenal about Arianna. As in, she is a phenomenon. Female media moguls didn’t exist until she was invented.

I guess this “journalist” never heard of Katherine Graham, who controlled The Washington Post for over 20 years. She probably never heard of Lady Bird Johnson either. Mrs. Johnson bought a radio station and a TV station which made her a millionaire mogul in her day without the help of her husband…or any man who took her under his proverbial wing…Lyndon Johnson.

In any event, I guess I’ll never get into the Huffington Post after this post. But then again, I’m not fond of slave labor and I don’t like writing for free unless I’m writing my own blog. I think writers should get a little compensation for what they do. Arianna Huffington has certainly figured out a way to get more than her fair share of compensation in life.

From Forbes:

I used to count myself among those who thought Huffington would eventually need to start compensating writers beyond the ones on her 200-person staff. She’d need to do it, I thought, not out of a moral imperative — grownups know that other grownups are free to enter into any sorts of agreements they want, including the sort where they donate their labor to a for-profit enterprise in the belief that they’re getting something of non-monetary value out of the exchange — but out of business necessity, because eventually her most successful bloggers would leverage their Huffpo-begotten visibility into paying gigs elsewhere if she didn’t find ways to retain them.

Now that’s one crafty lady. It’s actually legal. Thomas Jefferson did that and he made a lot of money, too. In his day they called it slavery. I have no doubt millions will buy her new book.

As a side note, I posted recently about the blog Writer Beware and how Victoria Strauss went after some unheard of unimportant fool for shady practices in publishing. Well I want to know where Strauss is now when multi-million dollar publications are making money on the free labor of writers who will do anything to get their names in print.