Huffington Axes Scores of AOL Writers
Writers organizing electronic strike against liberal mogul
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2011 3:05 AM CDT
Arianna Huffington: apparently busy cutting costs.   (AP Photo/Earl Gibson III)

(Newser) – The new Arianna Huffington-run AOL news operation has fired scores of AOL business and finance freelancers, and is offering them the opportunity to work again—for free, according to reports from contributors. The popular liberal's controversial labor practices are triggering another uproar over AOL's multi-million-dollar acquisition of the Huffington Post, and have already spurred calls by journalists and union leaders for an "electronic" strike. Some of the canned freelancers are being offered staff jobs in the new operation, which is headed by Huffington, though numbers have not been revealed. All others have been told they can continue to write for free, reports the Business Insider.

The Huffington Post has come under intense fire from its own unpaid freelancers, who complain that they helped create the operation that Huffington sold to AOL for $315 million. A Huffington Post-AOL spokesman denied "mass terminations" are underway, and said the changes are part of a strategy to "shift from relying on freelancers and contractors to investing in full-time staff." Many AOL workers are stunned by Huffington's power in the new set up. "I've never seen someone buy a company and then give the keys to the safe to the people who run that company," an AOL staffer tells the Guardian.

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brawne
Apr 6, 2011 8:19 PM CDT
Arriana, darling. You did so well. One book about Picasso while your name was Stephananoploius and you worked your little ass into New York. Course you were a Republican then and why you married that oil-rich guy in Texas and moved his ass to California and spent millions--his --running him for the Senate. Too bad he only liked dick--literally-and lost. You worked your way onto Bill Maher's old show as the Republican in bed and you better never piss him off or he'll play those tapes like he did on Christine. Then you became a democrat--amazing right when those two guys said we need a democratic version of Drudge and you had that cash from the divorce. Then you got Bill Maher and all of them to write for free till you made a fortune. You are good--you are Murdoch good. Screw you once and you didn't take lump stock like Jane Fonda did when she divorced Ted Turner--she lost her shirt and my, darling you will eat a rotted snake before you lose your shirt. Picasso would love your ass. That's why you liked him--same bitches. Oh, I just happen to remember everything. Best thing she got from the poor rich gay guy was the name.
yoeydude
Apr 6, 2011 4:10 PM CDT
America online ,... if your over 70 you might be using these guys for your email ,... but ....
793tango
Apr 6, 2011 10:46 AM CDT
So much for the 'Liberal Agenda'... That's the last I read of her stuff.