HuffPost reported that “a lack of editorial direction, staff attrition and internal discord” are reasons for the site’s troubles, and noted that TheBlaze trimmed its editorial employees from 25 to a mere six, who had their health benefits reduced and now work from home.
TheBlaze did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for additional comment.
“The few people who are still left are looking for an exit because they know TheBlaze is over,” a source told HuffPost. “They haven’t told us straight up that they’re done with us, but all the signs point to it, and they’re not replacing people who are laid off or get out.”
TheBlaze is a conservative news organization that Beck launched in 2010. The left-leaning HuffPost said it was launched to “serve as the conservative counterpart to The Huffington Post.”
TheBlaze describes itself as having a “mission of restoring truth to the important stories you care about, our team has grown to include journalists, editors, video producers and more with offices around the world.”
The HuffPost noted that TheBlaze racked up 31.6 million unique visitors in October 2014, but only 7.8 million unique visitors in September 2016, citing analytics site Quantcast.