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Will The Huffington Post Media Group Become the FOX of the Left?

Posted on February 9 2011 7:00 pm
Suzanne Venker, a.k.a. "No Bull Mom," is an author, blogger, and speaker. You can find her at

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Will Arianna Huffington become a media mogul like Roger Ailes and turn the Huffington Post into the FOX of the Left? Under the $315 million acquisition agreement with AOL, Huffington will become president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. She’s expected to oversee all of the editorial content.

Despite being a card-carrying member of the Left, Arianna Huffington insists America’s problems can’t be solved using “the old distinctions of right and left.”

There have been a handful of articles written about the new merger, but a comment in this article struck me as hysterical. In response to the charge that Huffington’s political views may be polarizing, technology consultant Rob Enderle says,

There’s certainly the opportunity to create a much more powerful liberal voice in the country. The fact that it hasn’t been done yet doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Now that’s priceless. Really. Anyone who thinks the left in America hasn’t had the microphone for decades is either very young or very stupid. Clearly the rise of FOX News Channel and conservative talk radio has caused much confusion among Americans.

There are essentially two schools of thought about today’s media: that it has become more fair, or that it is now dominated by the right. It is not the latter.

While it is true FOX News, talk radio, and the Internet are immensely popular with the American public, who are a right of center bunch, these outlets have not replaced the power of the left-wing media. They have merely leveled the playing field.

Some argue that if we once had a liberal media bias in America, we now have a conservative bias. This is not accurate. Conservative bias is not the opposite of liberal bias. Liberal bias exists because the overwhelming majority of Americans in power – college professors, the mainstream media, and Hollywood – are leftists who believe their worldview is the good one, the right one, the only one to have.

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