Huffington Doesn’t Believe in Ghosts

In an interview with the Annenberg Online Journalism Review, Arianna Huffington claims that there will be no ghost-blogging on the Huffington Post:

OJR: Will there be ghost writers or assistants who might write for some of the group bloggers?

AH: That will never happen. They will never bother to do that, it’s not of any interest to them. The majority of the people are people who are on e-mail a lot, they IM their friends. What we’re asking them to do is basically tell us the thoughts they’re already having, the conversations they’re already having, the takes they’re already having.

Now some of them who don’t use a computer like Arthur Schlesinger might fax it. I personally don’t have a problem with that. I’d rather have Arthur Schlesinger online, his own voice, his own thoughts, than say, ‘You know what, you have to learn how to use our software, we can’t have you on.’ I’m sure there are some purists who think that, no, you should actually use the blogging software, you should use Movable Type. But I don’t have a problem with Arthur Schlesinger faxing me his thoughts, or someone calling from his cell phone and dictating something, but it has to be his thoughts — that has to be unequivocal.

The OJR notes that its Huffington interview was conducted “by phone and e-mail over the past few days.” I’m pretty sure that particular portion was ghost-written by Andrew Breitbart.

(link via LAObserved)