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I have to admit that I am a devoted reader of the Huffington Post.  It is a mountain stream in the High Sierras where you are likely to pan for gold for a day and actually find a nugget.  In the mean time, though, you will dump a lot of sand back in the stream.

John Stewart called it the Sideboob Gazette during the site’s infatuation with silhouette shots of celebrities.  President Obama took a shot at them.  “I’d be remise if I did not congratulate the Huffington Post on their Pulitzer Prize. You deserve it Arianna. There is no one else out there linking to the kinds of hard hitting journalism that HuffPo is linking to every single day.” He continued, “and you don’t pay them. It’s a great business model.”

The Huffington Post knows good journalism when it sees it. Huffpo then puts up a link to it with a really cheesy headline and a stock photo that is not likely to have anything to do with the story.   I appreciate that Huffpo has a large selection of stories and Arianna Huffington doesn’t make any money on advertising until the reader clicks through to the story.  I appreciate that their bias is center-to-left.  What I detest is having to click through a meaningless headline or a misleading photo to find out that a story relates to neither the photo nor the headline.  Sand.  What I also detest is seeing a stock photo that implies something totally unrelated to the underlying story.  I recall a story about an airplane crash that showed a photo of an airplane that was so totally unrelated to the aircraft that crashed that it left a totally false impression on the casual reader.  That is the result of having editors who are so far from the source material that sometimes they just don’t get the story that they are linking to.

I like Obama and most of the time, I am intrigued by the amazingly crazy things that the Right comes up with to criticize him but do we have to see stories about all of the wingnut preachers putting out racist hate.    Also, will we ever see an unflattering photo of Obama or a flattering photo of a Republican?

The Huffington Post is a great place to find links to the important breaking news about the most important stories.  Sometimes those stories can even be found above the fold.  But Huffpo has one overriding rule:  Sex, sizzle, sweetness and stupidity sells.  And it pays well enough to allow us to find that gold nugget of truth once in a while.

About Rick Lakin

Rick Lakin is the author of Brilliant, an upcoming young adult science fiction romance and the publisher at iCrewDigitalPublishing.com, Bringing New Authors to a Digital World. iCrew has published 35 books by 11 authors. Rick has been an optimist for almost two years and is the district webmaster as calso41.us. He is the founder of iCrew Digital Productions, A Community of Young Media Professionals and a member of the 1000 Club of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers. Rick is an Advanced Communicator Silver in Toastmasters International and is a member of American Mensa. Rick works as a Sports Statistician for broadcast television and is a retired math teacher. He lives in Southern California but his roots are in Columbus, Ohio, home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

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