I Love You Huffpo but What's Going On?

Tue, 2012-06-19 19:31Kevin Grandia
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I Love You Huffpo but What's Going On?

I have been writing on environmental issues on the popular news blog Huffington Post going on five years now but I am not sure if I will continue.

In an article today about yet another oil pipeline burst in the Northern Alberta tar sands, the editors of the Huffpo Canada section included a shiny happy “slideshow” at the end touting all the upsides of this massively destructive industry. 

It is blatant spin with factoids like: “Alberta will reap $1.2 trillion from oil sands” (leaving out the next part about the fact that emissions will triple in the same number of years):

The photos for the slide show are all quite shiny and happy – definitely none in there like this:

What was the point of this? Some sense of balance in reporting that if you want to report on the horrible reality of yet another spill in the tar sands you have to include corporate and government pamphlets at the end of the story?

I still love you Huffington Post, but a lot less than I did yesterday. You have been a huge voice and pulpit for many great causes but this stinks more than the bitumen flowing into the rivers of Northern Alberta. 

Comments

Did you only just figure out that HuffPo is a vehicle that promotes the status quo?

But no they are not. They have flaws (like we all do) but as an early-days blogger I cannot stress how important they have been as a progressive voice online.  They have posted things over the years that no mainstream press would have covered and shined light on subjects long ignored by traditional press. 

Remember, I still said I love them as an outlet - so I completely disagree with your broad, unsupported statement.

Kevin, if HuffPo isn’t a mouthpiece for the status quo, how do you expalin this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/24/conrad-black-huffington-post-party-photos_n_1542071.html

Hobnobbing with Conservatives and members of the one per cent doesn’t really smack of “progressive” to me.

 

Conrad Black drove Gwynne Dyer out of Canada.  Gwynne talked rather animatedly on the subject when he was in Calgary quite a few years ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwynne_Dyer

“Dyer speculates that this is due to his opinions on the Arab-Israel conflict and both Black’s and the Asper family’s Likud Party sympathies.”

Which is funny when you read on the Likud;

“Likud publicly endorses press freedom and promotion of private sector media, which has grown markedly under governments Likud has led.”

If this is what he does to historians.. Its pretty frightful to consider what he’d do with Climate Scientists.

By the way, his TV series (which you can get at the library) is quite interesting.  It did an excellent job of explaining Canada Cold War role in the world, and why its been in confusion since the fall of Russia. 

WWIII could very well have been fought in Canada since we’re directly between Russia and the US.  So naturally Canada was a peace monger.  But what are we now?

It deserves an answer.

I’d hazard that someone has targeted your articles, Heartland style.  And the blog is making big bucks for this.

And their answer was reasonable. It was a piece from another article that was tacked on as “color” for the article. Not meant as spin. I chalk it up to an editorial error and think their response to me was sincere.

HuffPo Canada has sometimes given a voice to various non-progressive writers including Alykhan Velshi and Kathryn Marshall:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/alykhan-velshi

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/kathryn-marshall

I have had the impression that HuffPo Canada is less progressive than the US version; but I don’t read it all that much.

 

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