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5/9/2005

The Huffington Post

Filed under: Media — Dangerous Dan @ 11:20 pm

(A 9/9/05 sidenote first… in my statsI keep seeing people visit this post, but I don't know how they're finding it. It's not a big deal, I'm just curious how you got here… search engine or what. Leave a comment if you feel like it.)

I haven't had a chance to really delve into The Huffington Post, but thus far I'm unimpressed. It practically screams, "We're like Drudge, but different and better! Well… different anyway!"

Frankly, I don't much care about what Ellen Degeneres has to say about horse slaughtering or what Elaine from Seinfeld thinks about gay marriage. If you're going to have a group blog, you've got to have the occasional long substantive post and you need the personalities to discuss different topics such that they respond and debate with one another. As it is, the blog section now has 21 entries by 21 disparate personalities that are completely unrelated to one another. This means that you have a site where a bunch of folks post something short and insubstantial. It's a comments section, people, only they're not talking about the same topics.

As a group blog, 21 people is far too many. It's unwieldy and involves too many personalities to preserve interest. The Corner is an excellent group blog because it's big enough for good debate but small enough that its participants post often and you get a good idea of what the posters stand for and what they're like. Many are the people who love Derb posts, Jonah posts, or Ramesh posts. You're not going to get that with the Huffington blog. I could yet be proven wrong, but I doubt it.

Most of the news stories aren't anything special. One interesting headline was this: Prairie Home Curmudgeon: Keillor Raps Right-Wing Radio. It links directly to a column of Keillor's on thenation.com. Even Drudge rarely links to stories or columns in the blatantly partisan media. At least not unless he's pointing out something indelicate the author has said. And it's nothing new. Saying that Keillor dislikes conservative radio is a bit like reporting that the pope is still Catholic.

One innovative feature of the news section is the comments. I don't expect it to last long because while it's innovative, it's also annoying. You have the usual "me too" and "you suck" comments and I think that whichever side manages to dominate will be the one that spews the most invective. Currently, the liberals have the lead. The other side will ignore the feature unless they want to troll around and push others' buttons. In short, pointless and annoying.

If you want others' takes on THP, go to Wizbang, Howard Kurtz, Michelle Malkin, Outside the Beltway, Media Girl, LA Weekly for a truly scathing MSM review, and other. If nothing else, check out Huffington is full of crap, which is keeping a detailed, unkind eye on THP.

3 Comments »

  1. good points…I particularly don’t like the fact that you can’t do a search to find the celeb posts…very hit and miss…

    Comment by Michael Parekh — 5/10/2005 @ 1:17 pm

  2. I went a read one post that powerline linked to here. Basing my entire judgment on that one post I would say it is basically a celebrity version of Democratic Underground.

    Comment by Pete The Elder — 5/11/2005 @ 8:17 am

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