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Friday, April 29, 2005

Arianna's Wacky New Endeavor...

Picked up on this wonderful story from the Guardian. Tim Dowling got a little taste of what Arianna is putting forth when it comes to blogging. And after seeing this little tid-bit, Arianna had better reconsider this move.

Welcome!!!!! posted by "Huff" on Mon May 9 2005 at 09:00 PDT
Hi everybody! Allow me to introduce my innovative new publishing venture, a groundbreaking "group blog", where over 250 creative minds from every corner of my Rolodex weigh in on topics ranging from the political to the personal, and anything in between! Well, that's enough from me - let's blog!

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Not bad for an opening post, and it provides promise. But as you will see with this preview, there is anything but promise. Arianna's site is not going to have the edge and information that regular bloggers provide; she definitely cannot compete against the elite of the blogosphere like Hewitt, Lileks, LGF, PowerLine, etc. Below are more posts, and the "creative minds" involved have little to add in terms of serious discussion.

Great New Experiment in Democracy, posted by "Huff" on Mon May 9 at 09:02 PDT
The "blogosphere" is the biggest leap forward in journalism since the days of Tom Paine, a unique opportunity to tap directly into the cultural bloodstream. But I'm not here to put words in anyone's mouth, I'm just providing the megaphone!

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A New Kind of Communication, posted by "Huff" on Mon May 9 at 09:07 PDT
Instant, interactive, intelligent, informed; reaching out across the political spectrum. What? Did everybody forget their passwords already?

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I can't think of anything to say, posted by G Paltrow on Mon May 9 at 09:21 PDT
Arianna: its rlly uncool whn my cell rings during pilates. i said id post whn & if i had something to say. rt now im just too busy. stop bugging me.

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Another Cutting Edge Contribution, posted by "Huff" on Mon May 9 at 09:23 PDT
Cantankerous, unafraid and always outspoken, that's Gwyneth (Paltrow) to a tee! You can expect to be hearing a lot more from her on Huffingtonpost.com, on a whole variety of subjects!

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Does anyone know how to get red wine stains out of a wool carpet? posted by NORMAN MAILER on Mon May 9 at 10:14 PDT
I'm screwed if my wife sees this. I'm not even supposed to drink in that room. I've been scrubbing but that just seems to spread the stain around. A quick answer would be most appreciated.

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I think I'm going to run for president, posted by WarrenBeatty on Mon May 9 at 10:39 PDT
You heard it here first, people. The official announcement will be on Jay Leno on Wednesday. Most of you know that I've been actively interested in politics for many years, but recent events in our country have finally made me realise that someone has got to take a stand. I know I can count on your support. Oh hang on, I've got a fridge being delivered that day. Forget about it.

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This is so blogciting, posted by Tina Brown on Mon May 9 at 11:04 PDT
Today we are entering a new paradigm: the energy and passion that I see on this mega-blog will ensure that it becomes not just the premiere electro-salon of the liberal elite, but the soul-search engine for the entire Alter-net. In today's fast-moving, cross-pollinating media perfect storm we don't always want considered essays or spelled-out arguments. Sometimes we just want to say "Bush sucks". Although his wife is really sweet.

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Re: Does anyone know how to get red wine stains out of a wool carpet? posted by BarryDillerCEO.IAC/InterActiveCrop on Mon May 9 at 11:17 PDT
pour white wine over it & then blot GENTLY with a clean cloth. Rinse with warm water & repeat until gone. Whatever you do, don't rub. Who's got a good sourdough bread recipe, btw? The last loaf I made was like a paving stone.

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I know I'm just providing the megaphone but. posted by "Huff" on Mon May 9 2005 at 11:34 PDT
perhaps I could suggest a topic? The president's proposals for private investment accounts are aimed at improving the long-term solvency of social security, but does it come at too high a price, namely sacrificing the commitment to guarantied benefits?

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Dear hopeless liberals, Posted by David "Axis of Evil" Frum on Mon May 9 2005 at 11:45 PDT
Unless you got to that stain right away, white wine ain't gonna do jack. You need BLEACH and plenty of it, and you need to rub hard. Hope this doesn't shatter your cosy little worldview.

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OH MY GOD ARIANNA Posted by G Paltrow on Mon May 9 2005 at 12:22 PDT
Did you just like take that text I sent you and post it on your stupid frigging blog? That was private! How dare you! Don't post this email either!

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Whoops! The fridge is coming today! Posted by WarrenBeatty on Mon May 9 2005 at 13:09 PDT
They just called. So I guess I can announce my candidacy on wed after all, but now I don't really feel like it. Hi Gwynnie! Hi Norman! What's everyone having for lunch?

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I love to encourage people to blog, but this is not what Arianna orginally pitched. As I said, her opening post showed a level of promise, but as we can see, these people have no clue what "blogging" is. They are going to treat her site like a gossip column.

Granted, bloggers wear a variety of hats, and many people do personal blogging, like diaries, but if Arianna thinks she is going to challenge bloggers with this tripe, she is dead wrong. I do note that she tried to present a topic for discussion, namely the president's SS reform ideas, but as we can see, no one followed the lead. Arianna should have known something like this would happen from the Hollywood crowd.

Warren Beatty talking about a run for president? Norman Mailer begging for help to get a wine stain out of a carpet? Gwyneth Paltrow complaining that people are bugging her during pilates? I think these idiots speak for themselves.

Besides, why do we care what the Hollywood crowd has to say about the US, and how it conducts itself. Have any of these people ever been in the government? Ever run a state or a country? Or, are they like Martin Sheen, who thinks that because he plays the president on TV, he considers himself qualified to be president.These people are hopeless, and I do wish Arianna the best, but if I were her, I would not be holding my breath. And all we have to do is look at how many comments were left, and what the trackback is to see how relevent Arianna and her crew are.

The Bunny ;)


Blogger Teaparty said...

In fact, it is so ridiculous that one can't help wonder if it is a delicious parody from the Guardian.

I hope not. BTW...It looks as though there will only be 249 great minds since Paltrow has already been completely alienated.

Is the link to the Huffington blog a secret? No one seems to have it.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Teaparty said...

I think this is the link:


It is not up and running though. Notice the dates on the posts you printed are all in the future.

Are we sure the Guardian isn't having a little fun here?

11:23 AM  
Anonymous RepJ said...

LOL I read somewhere that her blog was 'lampooned'. Still, very very funny.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Syd And Vaughn said...


First off, yes, I did see that the dates were in the future. However it is Tim Dowling who reported that Arianna gave him a "tour" of the new site.

But after reading through the posts, again (as Thomas asked me after he read it)I am beginning to wonder if this was not some sort of hoax.

It is a distinct possibility that it was either a hoax, or Arianna doing a test run for the benefit of the reporter. Regardless, the posts along speak for themselves. BTW, can anyone tell me what language Gwyneth was using? I am still lost on that one. LOL.


2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt if Huffington knows what a keyboard does. Her site will not make my favorites list. Rawriter

2:15 PM  
Blogger Teaparty said...

It can't be a hoax! I have posted it with a hattip to you guys. My journalistic street cred is at issue here....LOL

BTW...What I found noteworthy about Paltrow was that, even with the nightmare of typing into a cell phone, she still managed to fit the word "like" into a sentence.

Isn't that like something a 12-year-old would do?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Syd And Vaughn said...


I checked the Guardian site again. They have no update, no retraction posted. So, I am going to hold onto this story as NOT being a hoax until it is otherwise proven.

As far as I am concerned, this set of posts were done solely for the reporter involved, and will not be up on her site.

As for a link, keep an eye on Drudge or LGF. I am sure that when the site is up and running completely, they will have links.

And yes, I did notice how childish Paltrow sounds. Sheesh, you would think Arianna could find better talent. Or at least talent that had two brain cells to rub together to come up with a decent thought. Paltrow reminds me of the bubble-headed blond on Friends. God I hated that show.


2:39 PM  

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