Friday, July 15, 2011

Is Arianna Huffington a liberal or a conservative?

Is Arianna Huffington a liberal or a conservative? Her eponymous website, The Huffington Post (aka HuffPo) — a compendium of news and blogs — is a popular liberal destination on the Internet and a counterpoint to conservative sites like the Drudge Report.

CNET, with a nod to the amount of apolitical content found on the site, rates its liberalness as 3.5 out of 5. Ms. Huffington herself is the "independent progressive" voice of the weekly radio talk show Left Right and Center (the other three are right, center and left); on HuffPo she inveighs against "those in the media who insist on looking at every issue using the exhausted left vs. right framing."

Back in the early and mid-90s, we found Huffington espousing conservative positions when she campaigned for her then-husband as he ran for Senate in California. She herself briefly ran as an independent in the 2003 gubernatorial election (losing to Arnold Schwarzenegger) and is now associated with the Democratic Party. Happy 61st to Arianna Huffington, country music lover and biographer of Picasso and Maria Callas.

Quote: "Failure is not the opposite of success; it's part of success." — Arianna Huffington

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