So, I heard yesterday that a lawyer is suing on behalf of the some 9,000 people who produced content, largely for free, for The Huffington Post, to get some recompense subsequent to Arianna Huffington selling the site to AOL for $315 million.
Now, many would say (and many actually have) that the writers knew they were writing for free and were doing it for the exposure and shouldn’t expect any kind of payment.
Well, as much as I respect Huffington’s efforts to balance out increasingly insane conservative nonsense with somewhat less crazed ideological shouting from the leftward end of the spectrum, they do deserve something and she’s a greedy wench if she doesn’t give up some money.
Yeah, that’s right, I’m slamming a liberal. I’m not lock-step when it comes to that. I may lean left but I’m not a brain-dead zombie-like follower.
The fact is, Huffington would have had nothing to sell if not for the content produced by those writers.
She built her site on their backs, which was fine when she did it, but when she decided to cash in, they should have gotten consideration as well.
I mean, would it kill her to take $10 million or $20 million out her windfall (less than 10% of the total take) just to hand out $1,000 to $2,000 (on average) to each writer, based on how much he or she contributed?
The notion that she’s going to just walk away with the money and give no regard to those who did the bulk of the work is shameless. Simply shameless.
Not to mention an example of how shallow, self-centered and greedy people can be whether they are right-wing or left-wing (or in between).