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Relying on Huffington Post for its “news,”
AOL has become platform promoting administration talking points

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:10 am - March 28, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,New Media,Obamania

Those of us who still use AOL for e-mail have a regular window into liberal media bias. Whenever I send e-mails, the internet services company provides links to several “news” articles (a good number little more than liberal blog posts); yesterday was no exception.

They linked an article which was basically just an administration press release filtered through a left-wing blogress. The Huffington Post headlined the piece, “Newt Gingrich’s Trayvon Martin Comments Were ‘Reprehensible,’ David Plouffe Says“. Note how they lead off with the notion of the comments being reprehensible, with the name of the person as if an afterthought.

Mr. Plouffe is, as the article informs us, “President Barack Obama’s Senior Adviser”. Since when do such an advisor’s comments about a man vying for his boss’s job merit so much attention?  It’s just not newsworthy.  Maybe it might be if the reporter covered Mr. Gingrich’s reaction, but nowhere does Miss Terkel allow the former Speaker to respond to Mr. Plouffe’s criticism, nor even indicate that she sought his reaction. (In a most helpful update, she does inform us that Plouffe also “criticized former Sen. Rick Santorum’s reaction to Obama’s comments on the Martin shooting.”)

Now, there is nothing wrong with a left-wing blogress repeating White House talking points. She may well share the administration’s outlook — and has every right to express her opinion.  But her opinion is not news.

That AOL features this piece as “news” shows that their decision to purchase the Huffington Post has prevented the internet company from becoming an unbiased source of news.

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10 Comments

  1. Dan, you and twelve other people still have AOL accounts. It’s time for gmail.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 28, 2012 @ 3:23 am - March 28, 2012

  2. Believe me, Cinesnatch, I’m trying to switch.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — March 28, 2012 @ 3:42 am - March 28, 2012

  3. [...] Relying on Huffington Post for its “news,”AOL has become platform promoting administrati… [...]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » HuffPo: Trashing Olympia Snowe To Protect Barack Obama — March 28, 2012 @ 3:48 am - March 28, 2012

  4. I get AT&T for $15/month. What do you pay?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 28, 2012 @ 4:00 am - March 28, 2012

  5. Gmail is (1) free (2) plays nice with IMAP clients like Thunderbird. I’d rather avoid Google because of its statist inclinations but the product is hard to beat. I *think* Hotmail also can do IMAP.

    Comment by Rick67 — March 28, 2012 @ 9:06 am - March 28, 2012

  6. Many Conservatives who had paid accounts saw this coming years ago when AOL began turning it’s back on paid accounts in favor of “free” accounts. The left loves things that are “free”.

    Comment by Richard Bell — March 28, 2012 @ 12:47 pm - March 28, 2012

  7. I’m confused. I thought Dan gets his internet through AOL. Thereby giving him an AOL account. Which I guess he wouldn’t have to use as his main email (he could open a gmail account), but he would still see the AOL “Top News Items” every time he got onto the internet if he was getting his internet through AOL, no?

    And, I would imagine he would have a monthly fee too?

    Dan, can you clear things up here?

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 28, 2012 @ 2:22 pm - March 28, 2012

  8. Is it a common thing for the president of the United States to comment on a murder? Or is there maybe something significant about this murder that prompted Obama to comment on it?

    Comment by Rattlesnake — March 28, 2012 @ 3:47 pm - March 28, 2012

  9. Yes, Rattlesnake, there is something significant about it; Obama needs his base worked up for the next election.

    Notice what Obama doesn’t feel the need to comment on; 300 Mexicans murdered by weapons provided by his Justice Department.

    Comment by V the K — March 29, 2012 @ 6:01 am - March 29, 2012

  10. That is what I thought. It struck me as odd that the president of the United States would comment on such a thing. It struck me as even more odd that no-one else seemed to find it odd.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — March 29, 2012 @ 5:56 pm - March 29, 2012

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