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With friends like these....?

For everyone who watched Keith Olbermann’s show last night and saw his and Arianna Huffington’s wanton and deliberate misrepresentation of President Obama’s opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, then you need to know that this is exactly the abject s-h-i-t-e, about which I ranted in my last blog: the willful propagation of emotionally-charged key-words, designed to make the blood boil of various people who are ripe for and rife with manipulation. Call it Firebaggery, if you will, but I prefer to call it good, old-fashioned ratfucking. The GOP and the Koch-inspired and paid operatives thereof do it brilliantly with the Teabaggers. And now, Madame, is employing it with the Murrow-wannabe Keith, amongst others.

By the way, she, who cares so passionately about the Middle Class, was proven really not to give the proverbial rat’s ass about them nor the rules they are wont to follow in certain situations, when she found her ass unceremoniously hauled off a DC-to-New York shuttle on the night of November 9th, for willfully disregarding the cabin crew’s instructions to turn off all electronic equipment for the duration of the flight. Huffington continuously kept her Blackberry going non-stop, until one formidable member of the middle class vociferously complained, until the crew arranged for a couple of New York’s finest to escort Arianna from the plane when it landed. Mr Middle Class was heard during the flight to shout at her, “Hey, Rich Lady, don’t you understand English?”

The night before, which was the day of the Tucson shooting, she was found partying the night away in Vegas, in the company of a dubious character. Check out the body language of these two, and check out the identity of her male companion, and you’ll see why it’s mete she’d getting out the negative spin on Obama’s WSJ op-ed and who’s set to suffer from a positive view of the President in the business world.

All I can say is if Huffington’s soul sister, Ms Thrilla from Wasilla, reckons the President is palling around with terrorists, well, how about the voice of the Progressive Left partying and palling around with a powerful Republican Congressman (with a criminal record), who holds the power of impeachment over the Presidetn? (It might be good to remember that Huffington fronted the civilian front to impeach Bill Clinton with a website devoted to this subject.)

Please draw your own conclusions about what’s behind the picture below.

  1. In this month’s Vanity Fair:

    Huffing and Puffing

    “Reminiscent of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Arianna Huffington is being sued by two political consultants, Peter Daou and James Boyce, who claim a critical role in creating her top-ranked Web site, the Huffington Post. So what exactly happened in the fall of 2004 when Huffington, Daou, Boyce, and such liberal lights as David Geffen, Larry David, and Norman Lear discussed a Democratic answer to the Drudge Report? And why did the two men wait nearly six years to claim credit? The author walks back their she-said-we-said collision.”

    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2011/02/ariana-huffington-201102

    Kinda weird that they waited 6 yrs. before filing…you be the judge:

    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2011/02/huffington-documents-201102

    • Thanks for the heads up on this , BDM!

      I read the article, my guess is that most of their claim is true. They probably were the ones who initially conceived of and outlined the creation of Huffington Post. At the same time, though they proposed many key aspects (that were not all wholly original ideas at the time), they didn’t develop all of the eventual site that was launched nor did they invest an enormous amount of time in developing the site.

      Taking advantage others’ ideas is repeated in business all the time. Younger creative types come up with an idea, share it with older, wealthier businesspeople who they need to make it happen, they work together in good faith without contracts then the older wealthier business people ride off with it and claim it as their own idea from the beginning.

      These guys made a huge mistake by never getting anything in writing at the outset and letting far too much time go by before taking legal action. Also, by continuing a friendly relationship with her and HP, blogging for it up until October of last year, they’ve really undercut their claim.

      Two things may have been at play, they may never had thought in the early years that it would be worth anything so it wasn’t worth endangering their relationships with all of the Dem players connected with Arianna. The Facebook story and HP’s current value could have changed all that for them.

      Second, they may have also thought that by keeping a good relationship with Arianna, they would have a better chance at getting her to eventually agree to slice off a small portion of HP dough for all of their contributions.

      Many may not see through her but her penchant for grabbing credit and the spotlight, being a shameless opportunist and egoist are not compatible with sharing credit or money unless absolutely necessary.

      A cautionary tale, especially for younger folks who get too enthusiastic about openly sharing valuable ideas, always get it in writing at the beginning and never trust in the kindness of wealthy strangers.

      • Wow…. Talk about seeking replies Before you buy…. This is my first reply here on PlanetPOV… To be honest, I am a bit lost…. Can’t even set my profile pic…. Had enough with HP… I really thought it was a place to share common interests, and speak with people of like mindedness… Turns out I was quite wrong… =( I see many of my friends here from Hp, just not used to, talking out of real time… How do you earn fans/friends here??? Are there pages 24/7 where you can speak with others in real time??? Someone, Anyone, Please lend a Helping hand…. I will never go back to HP again… Believe Me!!!!

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        • A warm welcome to The Planet KB723. It might be a little confusing in the beginning, so if you need any help please ask. Hope that you will enjoy it here, we are by nature a friendly bunch of people who like to share ideas and opinions about almost anything. As bito said, take a look around the site, and find subjects that interest you enough to comment on. Again, welcome.

        • Welcome, KB, you earn fans/friends here by being one. Have a look around and get comfy with the site. Respect and adult discussion is what you may enjoy at the Planet. Welcome. 24/7? You will have to talk to Kalima. :-)

        • There are some of us here live at the moment, KB. You’re coming through loud and clear!

          Welcome to the Planet. You’re among people who have gotten frustrated with the atmosphere at HP also.

          We don’t really do the “fan” thing here, so don’t worry about that. Just find an article that looks interesting to you and comment away! We rely largely on each other to keep the tone respectful, and it seems to work well.

          Hope to hear more from you!

      • Arianna has a bad reputation in the SERIOUS journalistic and literary worlds. She was literally shamed out of Britain in 1980 by a BIG plagiarism case -- yes, she’s got a nifty reputation as a plagiarist -- which saw her settling a six-figure sum on the aggrieved author and pulping the book (a biography of Maria Callas). This is one of the reasons why she isn’t taken at all seriously in the UK.

        Then there was that trouble with George Clooney she had a few years ago, which Clooney won, and yet a third instance of plagiarism from her Chicago office.

        Arianna is a great one for stealing ideas and marketing them as her own -- “Move Your Money” was a good example.

        • Yes, what ever happened to her self-proclaimed “game changer” of Move Your Money?

          Hmm…guess stealing others’ ideas for headlines works well. That way, you don’t get attached to actually seeing something to fruition. When you’ve squeezed all the publicity you can get from it, just toss it over your shoulder and steal something new that will bring new attention.

          It is so damn cynical. And her background in the UK, as you describe it, is so reflective of her MO. I’m just surprised that so many buy into her act.

      • A cautionary tale, especially for younger folks who get too enthusiastic about openly sharing valuable ideas, always get it in writing at the beginning and never trust in the kindness of wealthy strangers.

        Now you tell me! ;-)

  2. ISSA????? She’s cozying up to Darrell ISSA????? This man is to the right of Attila the Hun. He makes Newt look like a sweetie. He’s a crook and thug. And this is what she does after the shootings in Tucson???????

    Aiiieeeeee!

  3. Re the neck … it’s hard leading a double life. I want this to go viral. She was dumb or arrogant enough to put this on her FB page and she’s getting slated by commenters. Suddenly, the penny drops.

    And we ALL need to remember who led the internet campaign to get Bill Clinton impeached? Now, who is Darrell Issa and what special power does he hold? No reason to think this media whore won’t do the same thing here with our President.

    Palin’s met her Waterloo; time another Queen Bitch fell hard.