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Sunday, March 19, 2006

HuffPo Still Making Up The News

You've heard me gripe about this repeatedly. I cannot understand why the HuffPo insists on changing story headlines to give the reader a false impression about the story. Its misleading and dishonest. I really thought we would see less of these tactics after the George Clooney debacle, yet here we are back at square 1.

Todays headline at the HuffPo:
Brit Hume Sets His Sights On SpongeBob SquarePants

I, like most readers of the HuffPo, thought this was going to be another one of those ridiculous stories about SpongeBob pushing a gay agenda. "Here comes another attack on SpongeBob, and FOX news is going to look stupid", I thought to myself.

The story is about how Brit Humes ratings have soared. Hume has recently surged to the No. 2 spot among all cable news shows, after Bill O'Reilly.
Hume joked,
"We've been having a series of meetings here about how we can beat Nickelodeon," he says. "We just hope that they don't put SpongeBob SquarePants up against us."

This time (for a change) the HuffPo readers are reacting angrily. It all comes down to mouse clicks and ADVERTISING REVENUE. The more stories that the HuffPo can get readers to click on, the more they make in advertising revenue because they show the advertisers these numbers. They say, "Look, we do a story about SpongeBob and it gets 1,000 hits! Our readers are thirsting for the real news and we give it to them, so support us with huge advertising dollars". HuffPo readers do NOT want to read a story about Brit Humes soaring ratings, but they will click like rabid goons on the link if they think it is bashing FOX.

Arianna, you are just another corporate whore chasing dollar signs and you dont care how you do it. You are no different than those phony television evangelists, residing in your 7 million dollar mansion and fleecing the sheep.

You are living the American Dream. You have become your own little Halliburton.


Blogger joe said...

It almost seems that you are upset over the fact that you thought the article would be about something else, and you were wrong. Flashy headlines and quirky blurbs catch attention, I dont see a problem with that, obviously huffpo is out to make money, as are most websites.

The joke from Hume is all that's needed to make that headline work, and while i generally think he is arrogant, I think this is pretty funny, he knows nickelodeon gets better ratings than fox news and is willing to admit it.+ Its hardly suprising, cartoons are much more fun than missing white women and sex offenders.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

So, you dont have a problem with wording that is intended to deceive and trick you?

'Missing white women and sex offenders' says everything I need to know about you. Watch your cartoons. You've missed the point entirely.

p.s. your mom says to clean that basement up

8:26 PM  
Blogger joe said...

I guess I did miss the point, I done see the headline as being decietful, its a headline and meant to grap attewntion. I even thought Hume's joke was funny.

Are you suggesting fox doesnt have a thing for missing white women and sex offenders? Every time I turn it on that's all I see.

Flipping past it right now i see they are back on the holloway thing. maybe we can invade aruba.

P.S. what's with the mom / basement remark?

5:24 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

Joe you must be referring to Greta Sustern's show. And yes, every night she harps on the same cases. But, its not limited to white women. She just happens to be passionate about this whole aruba case right now. I dont watch her because I find her boring. And her face hardly moves since her facelift, it makes me uncomfortable.
I watch Hume, some of O'Reiily (who is getting a little too full of himself), and Hannity. But I only catch half of hannity cuz SouthPark starts at 9:30 and then I switch back and forth. Gotta have my S-Park.

6:02 PM  
Blogger joe said...

Definately Greta's show, and to be fair, msnbc is probably worse.

Do you really think it's a facelift? I figured it was a stroke.

somebody told me she was an actress until she had a stroke, and turned to news becuase she didnt have to show emotion...I'm kind of sure thats just a rumor.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Senor said...

Yes, about 3 yrs ago she had a facelift. At the time they were making a big deal over at Fox about how great she looked.
But now she cant even move her face muscles.

6:36 AM  

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