MTP’s Most Loyal Viewer

The Huffington Post turns one year old this week, and USA Today’s Peter Johnson gives Arianna a little birthday kiss this morning. He also gets some reaction from frequent Arianna target Tim Russert.

“Huffington, in regular ‘Russert Watch’ blogs, has relentlessly criticized Russert’s questioning of top government officials on Meet the Press, saying he often throws softballs and was not tough enough on Bush administration officials during the lead-up to the war in Iraq. Russert, who has been on the receiving end of Huffington’s barbs since his wife, Maureen Orth, wrote a piece critical of Huffington in November 1994’s Vanity Fair, finds Huffington’s focus on him humorous,” Johnson writes.

“I’ve been attacked by Arianna the right-wing radical and Arianna the left-wing revolutionary,” Russert tells him. “I guess the only constant in her life is she keeps watching Meet the Press.”