Huffington’s Plunder by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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February 21, 2011

I was in New York City on Thursday night at the Brecht Forum to discuss with the photographer Eugene Richards his powerful new book “War Is Personal” when I was approached for an interview by a blogger for The Huffington Post. I had just finished speaking with another blogger who had recently graduated from UC Berkeley.

These encounters, which are frequent at public events, break my heart. I see myself in the older bloggers, many of whom worked for newspapers until they took buyouts or were laid off, as well as in the aspiring reporters. These men and women love the trade. They want to make a difference. They have the integrity not to sell themselves to public relations firms or corporate-funded propaganda outlets. And they keep at it, the way true artists, musicians or actors do, although there are dimmer and dimmer hopes of compensation.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Death of the Liberal Class, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).

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Ballad of a Thin Man – Bob Dylan/Grateful Dead – Autzen Stadium – Eugene, OR – 7/19/87

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5 thoughts on “Huffington’s Plunder by Chris Hedges

  1. No morals, no ethics…al that is important is money, money and more of it. Repulsive…to say the least.

  2. Adbusters is doing a hashtag campaign #huffpuff on Twitter about the sale of the huffington post, and inviting anyone who had a profile there to close down and delete all of their comments. I’ve certainly done so, and I urge anyone who reads this article to do so.

    Chris Hedges is quite right, HuffPo is just a place to reblog celebrity news with a veneer of authenticity from the AP and NYT. Let’s not mince words, and let’s not go back there. There are plenty of other news outlets that report on real news, like MotherJones, DailyKos and TruthDig.

    Mazarine

  3. Huffington herself never defected from being a neocon , becuase liberals are neocons and visa versa . she endorses pro war presidents and plays the evil of 2 lessers self deluded game .

  4. Definitely shared.

    Odd he should pick to write about this this week, but sure needed to be pointed out.

    I read all the comments on HuffPost following the “sale” – and 50% were leaving, including moderators/superusers.

    There is a site that – if it were to be sold – I have always suspected would give us writers there ZIP if it ever got sold. The cult of personality there is extremely strong.

    People like us, who are ahead of the curve but beat the keyboard hours a day, just follow my family motto: Bloggers don’t get paid. Having no expectations but poverty, I just do it anyway – but it’s hard on the ego when you put in this much work.

    Infragard took forEVER. Ditto Blackwater. I used to have 300 readers/day – now around 30, I guess. Since I am activist oriented and female I don’t think it goes over too well. I am no celeb …

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