Brown, Huffington Tweak Feud Report
HuffPo, Daily Beast proprietors trash Guardian rumors
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2010 9:45 AM CDT
Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post and Tina Brown of the Daily Beast, and actor John Cusack stand for photos at the Daily Beast/Morning Joe Pre-Inauguration Brunch in Washington last year.   (Stephen J. Boitano/ AP Images/The Daily Beast)
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(Newser) – Sure, the Daily Beast's Tina Brown wants a Newsweek merger because she crazy-hates rival Arianna Huffington, or so claims the Guardian. "We are sooooo busted," laments one AriHuff in a "leaked" IM conversation with one TBrown. "How did they find out we 'simply cannot stand each other?' I thought we’d done such a good job hiding it over the past four decades," AriHuff rejoins in the new media mavens' takedown of the old media.

"I truly thought we’d pulled the wool over their eyes when I agreed to contribute to the Daily Beast when it launched,"AriHuff continued, wondering if they "would ever run a piece about two guys’ business strategy being fueled solely by bitch-slap rivalry?" Brown responds: "The male editors around town all must be bosom buddies, because otherwise the Guardian’s crack investigative team would no doubt have exposed them." Ironically, both sites are attracting a growing number of journalists defecting from print media, a Politico profile notes.