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Bill Keller disses Arianna Huffington, NPR in more hot water: TBD arts links

March 11, 2011 - 07:30 AM
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You're gonna regret writing that grumpy magazine piece about aggregation, Bill Keller.

New York Times editor Bill Keller is on a roll, trashing big media left and right! Left and right on the political spectrum, that is: Last week the newspaper man bashed the right-leaning Fox News in front of the New York Press Club ("I think if you're a regular viewer of Fox News, you're among the most cynical people on planet Earth") and this week he's gone after Arianna Huffington and the liberal link farm that is Huffington Post.

In an argument against aggregation – a major feature of – Keller writes, "The queen of aggregation is, of course, Arianna Huffington, who has discovered that if you take celebrity gossip, adorable kitten videos, posts from unpaid bloggers and news reports from other publications, array them on your Web site and add a left-wing soundtrack, millions of people will come." He goes on to share an anecdote about Huffington "aggregating" something he said at a panel in Los Angeles. Huffington strongly responded on her website last night, saying Keller is just jealous she gets more traffic than him, and denying she ever stole any of his brilliant ideas.

Conservative activist James O'Keefe has unveiled another embarrassing recording of NPR staffers exposing their contempt for America. Earlier this week he released a video that portrays an NPR fundraising executive uttering wildly accurate things about the tea party; this time he got another exec apparently offering to shield a potentially sketchy (and fictitious) Muslim donor from a government audit. NPR has placed the executive, Betsy Liley, on administrative leave, and characterized her comments as "factually inaccurate and not reflective of NPR's gift practices."

Washington City Paper arts editor Jonathan L. Fischer is back from the nautical fake Ray Ban convention known as the Bruise Cruise, and I bet he's got a jorts tan. Read his very entertaining story here.

Everyone's favorite staple gun-wielding criminal from The Wire, Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, was arrested in a Baltimore drug raid yesterday, making this the first Baltimore drug raid that middle class white people in Connecticut have ever posted about on Facebook.

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