This is going to sound really, really pretentious, but I believe in the larger truth and I believe that the truth is arrived at often in a rather messy fashion. And that gossip is part of the process.
Just one note: yes, he did correctly predict ad-related issues in the recession—but his company wasn’t affected by them. Revenues were flat or up while he was laying people off.
Obviously, the reduction in traffic from Google — as from most design changes — has been significant.
Huffington Post was fueled by liberal rage against George Bush, Fox News and the right-wing media-political complex. They could have become the liberal Fox News. They were better placed to take that niche than MSNBC. But the only way to overcome advertiser objections is to become very, very big. And they lost their nerve.
Denton is Daddy Warbucks, but without the hugs.
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