Huffington Post wants more blockheads
THE EDITOR of the Huffington Post notoriously thinks journalism is only "authentic" if he doesn't pay the journalist. Stephen Hull, as first reported in print in the New Statesman, was asked by BBC Radio 4's The Media Show why he doesn't pay his writers. "I love this question," he answered, and expanded:
If I was paying someone to write something because I want it to get advertising, that's not a real authentic way of presenting copy. When somebody writes something for us, we know it's real, we know they want to write it. It's not been forced or paid for. I think that's something to be proud of.
We recall the words of dictionarist Samuel Johnson. No-one "but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money." Hull clearly wants blockheads, and lots of them, with clickbait headlines.
Blogger Paul Bradshaw chipped in, with a handy link to all the furious tweets in response.
And Chuck Wendig was very rude (his text is flagged "not safe for work"). The contents printable in a family newsletter include:
You venomous content-garglers. You thieves, you brigands, you media lampreys... HuffPo would have you believe that not paying means that somehow, the integrity of the information remains intact. What it misunderstands is that, if HuffPo isn't paying, then who is? Someone is always paying. Or, at the very least, someone is always selling something.
Finally, Private Eye observed that perhaps Hull "should read his own content" and helpfully listed some:
Not least of the lessons here is that blatantly pissing off people who write pissed-off comment for a living, when they can, demonstrates a certain lack of managerial nous.