Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Co-opting the media (further) -- HuffPo and college newspapers

I was reading an article by Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post on how the Church of Scientology is hiring reporters to investigate the St. Petersburg Tmes and the second page of the article shared space with something that I found to be a little more interesting.... (you have to scroll down to get to this article called "Connecting on campus")

The Huffington Post, bastion of liberal thought, is hosting content from at least 55 college newspapers in order to "create a virtual hub for college life in America."  There is going to be blogging and the site is going to contain contributions from Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College, the nation's oldest black college for women.  Naturally there will be a Facebook page for college editors, the better to make them feel special and to indoctrinate them into the liberal media.

Not everyone is sipping at HuffPo's Kool-Aid filled punch bowl however:

Andrew Dunn, editor of the University of North Carolina's Daily Tar Heel, says he was concerned that "the Huffington Post is a left-leaning Web site, and what sort of message that affiliation would send." Plus, "we really didn't want Huffington Post links" showing up in Web searches "instead of our links."
All of this brings to mind the following quote:

"He who controls the medium controls the message. He who controls the message controls the masses."---Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945)

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