A long time blogger on Huffington Post, and one of their most popular bloggers, Bob Cesca gives readers his take on the sale of HuffPost to AOL:
On the other hand, I don't know what that will mean for the flow of opinion. And of course, I'm referring to my own participation. Until now -- and perhaps into the future -- I've been given full latitude to write whatever I want each week (with a few exceptions now and then). Naturally this is partly because the "bloggers," including me, aren't paid.
…To these points, I've been assured that nothing will change, and I hope that's true. Again, it's really been the blog that makes that site great, and it would be a shame if voices were tempered or silenced. I hope AOL understands this. I really hope. I wrote for AOL's Walletpop blog last year and the arrangement didn't work out very well. We'll see what happens this time around.
Adding… I truly hope that AOL does not move the site further right in terms of political outlook. Arianna has been something of a Firebagger, but at least the site is still mostly left-leaning.
Disclosure: I was a commenter on HuffPost for quite a long while, but rarely comment any more for a variety of reasons. I stopped commenting when they installed the badge system in spite of the fact that I had what was at the time, one of the larger followings. That system was simply the final annoyance in a long list of them.
A few of the other reasons…. were The Huffington Posts’ use of false, inflammatory headlines to drive traffic--this really, really annoys me; their so-called “science” section [the science section is just BAD, with no redeeming qualities. It isn’t science, it is pseudo-scientific drivel from the likes of anti-vaccination queen, Jenny McCarthy, and assorted quacks such as Dr. Joseph Mercola. If this move to AOL improves that situation, AOL will have done us all a great service, because Arianna is way out there when it comes to anything science related.], the anti-semitism which was allowed by the moderators, and the trolls that many of us believe are on HuffPosts payroll.