The Huffington Post is known for its lurid tabloid stories about celebrities and op-eds by hard-left writers, movie stars, and the Hollywood crowd. They paid almost nothing for the essays, apparently because the writers were either quite wealthy to begin with and simply wanted the exposure, or, in the case of bloggers and pundits, were in a field where income is hard to come by.
So does the sale of the HP to AOL for $315 million mean there is going to be a new spread-the-wealth philosophy and those academics and writers who serially rail about corporate money that enriches but a few will finally see some trickle-down wages for their work?
Common Cause used to at least claim some sort of centrism (hence the “common”). But its latest disastrous foray into southern California to attack the Koch brothers’ symposium was a disaster. It rarely pickets left-of-center meetings, its bused-in demonstrators were quite “uncivil” and often quasi-racist and vicious, and it cannot explain why private citizens should not have the right of free speech without being verbally threatened and abused outside their meeting place. This, combined with the group’s recent flip-flop attack on the filibuster (e.g., Republican filibusters bad, Democratic ones good), to the degree the organization is at all relevant, it should now disband. It is now little more than a more organized version of Code Pink.
Many press accounts reviewed the rather unhealthy snacks offered to the White House Super Bowl crowd in the context of Michelle Obama’s loud campaign to improve the quality of food and to remove just that sort of sugary and fatty junk from our public schools. So why not national leadership on carrot sticks, celery, apples, oranges, and some toast instead of pizza, chips, ice cream, and burgers?
Bottom line, it is getting harder and harder to be a liberal in this age of affluence and leisure.