Progressives have been none-too-pleased with Andrew Breitbart’s sudden appearance on the Huffington Post earlier this month. But it looks as if the conservative agitator will be on the site for the long haul. HuffPo spokesman Mario Ruiz talked to the Washington Post about Breitbart.
From the beginning, The Huffington Post has welcomed voices from all sides of the political spectrum, including conservatives such as Newt Gingrich, Frank Luntz, Tom Coburn, Laura Ingraham, Bob Barr, George Pataki, David Frum, Byron York, Mary Matalin, and Ken Blackwell. The idea being that dialogue — from a wide range of perspectives — is preferable to silence. The fact that Andrew Breitbart’s first post on our site drew over 1,635 comments, conducted in a civil manner, seems to validate the premise and the decision to publish his blog post.
Yeah, we’re not buying it, and neither is WaPo‘s Greg Sargent:
Breitbart has been revealed by the Shirley Sherrod affair and other dust-ups to be a particularly toxic and dishonest figure that has no journalistic standards whatsoever. It’s hard to see what he adds in value, beyond ginning up a lot of comments and traffic and noise.
Once again all you newspapers out there, HuffPo has jumped the shark. Now’s your chance to try something online.
Previously on Fishbowl LA: Andrew Breitbart, Among Others, Now Writing for Huffington Post