Huffington Post Rebuffs Union ‘Boycott’

Spokesman: “The vast majority of our bloggers are thrilled to contribute”

The Huffington Post has responded to the Newspaper Guild's call for unpaid bloggers to "boycott" writing for the site.

"The vast majority of our bloggers are thrilled to contribute," Mario Ruiz, a spokesman for the site, told Agence France-Press over the weekend. "And we're thrilled to have them."

Last week, the Guild sent a memo to its 26,000-plus members, urging their support of a group of unpaid HuffPo bloggers protesting the site's continuation of their pay policy after HuffPo's $315 million sale to AOL was announced. The writer's union called on other unpaid contributors to stop blogging for free.

"[We are] squarely behind the Newspaper Guild's mission of ensuring that media professionals receive fair compensation," Ruiz told AFP. "It's why we employ a newsroom of 160 full-time editors and reporters, 17 of whom we've hired since last Monday."

"However, we make a distinction between our newsroom staffers and our group bloggers — most of whom are not professional writers but come from all walks of life," he said. ""Bottom line: nearly all of our bloggers are happy with the arrangement, and happy to access the platform and the huge audience it brings, without having to build, pay for, edit, moderate or maintain that platform. Indeed, we are inundated with requests from people who want to blog. The proof is in the pudding: people are looking to join the party, not go home early."

Earlier this month, Arianna Huffington scoffed at the  "strike" launched by the Visual Arts group.

“The idea of going on strike when no one really notices,” Huffington said. “Go ahead, go on strike.”

  • Linton_samuel_dawson_phd

    Arianna is nothgin but a republican, rich, jagoff

    • Ariannafan

      ….with 315 mil$$$

  • Damien W

    Why does this story get repeated once a week? It's like Groundblog Day.

    Anything new happen since this all happened a while back?

    • Chuckwagon

      Because it should be repeated once a week. Or more. Otherwise Ms. Huffington is right, no one will notice. What good is a strike if you just punch out, go hope, and eat a frickin sandwich? You gotta get out there with signs and shit. Remind people that the company treats its employees like shit.

  • Redhairedgirl2004

    Look, here's the thing I don't get…were any of these bloggers that TNG is trying to get to ‘strike’ and/or ‘boycott’ the Huffington post promised pay for their contributions? Ever? Oh, no? I didn't think so. You don't get to volunteer to contribute for your own sake without a contract of any kind and then cry foul just because you find out how much money the owner of the company and the paid writers are getting. It IS preposterous, and A. Huffington is right to blow it off like it makes no sense, because it doesn't.