Huffington Post Fires Back While Tabloids Fail the Accuracy Test, Plus Other News of the Day

The Week is starting to look rather Radar-y. As the Business Insider points out, the weekly publication has attempted to booster its website over the past year, and in doing so it has brought on six new digital hires, including three from the now defunct magazine Radar. Sounds like an office party. But don’t expect the site to look too much like Radar anytime soon, after all the digital staff has increased to 12 overall, and not all of them come from defunct magazines.

– The Huffington Post responded to former free-blogger Mayhill Fowler’s loud resignation yesterday with a rather simple point: She never actually worked at HuffPo. “Mayhill Fowler says that she is ‘resigning’ from the Huffington Post,” said spokesman Mario Ruiz to the The Upshot. “How do you resign from a job you never had?” Ruiz continued, saying, “At the end of the day, Mayhill Fowler asked for a paid position; we chose not to offer her one. Nothing new media or old media about that.” Fair point, but when will Huffington Post need to take responsibility for the free bloggers using its servers, after all, it has no problem accepting the page views those bloggers bring in.

– The Bloomberg London offices sound quiet cool. Here’s News on News’s Kevin Coy describing the headquarters as he first entered the building. “Over several floors are the many different functions of the Bloomberg operation in London, often emulating the same functions that are executed over in the US, but for the European audience,” writes Coy. “Rows of desks fill the floors, each with the instantly recognisable four-screen Bloomberg terminals. In the middle of the floors is a spectacular atrium, and something that really wouldn’t be thought possible when viewing the building from the outside.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s influence is clearly identifiable with the vast array of over-size fish tanks housing many varieties of tropical fish.” Actually, sounds a lot like the New York offices.

– Gawker took a look at the celebrity tabloids, figuring out the most accurate rag over the past 20 months. Although US Weekly came out on top, it only had 35 percent accuracy when reporting break-ups, pregnancies, marriages, engagements, adoptions, and reconciliations on the cover. The accuracy improved greatly for the overall book (59 percent). OK! magazine came in at the bottom for cover story accuracy, with  a mere 7 percent of stories reflecting reality. I know you’re not supposed to totally trust all the stories in the magazines, but seeing it in percentage form surprises even skeptical me.