Arianna Huffington, the part-time media tycoon and full-time socialite who founded the sideboob blog Huffington Post, sought to play a “useful” role within the Democratic Party establishment by using her website to “echo” the party message, according to emails published by WikiLeaks.
In an April 2008 email to top Democratic operatives, including Paul Begala, Stan Greenberg, David Brock, and current Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Democratic operative Susan McCue relayed a discussion she had with Huffington about advancing the Democratic cause in an official capacity.
Huffington, explained McCue, suggested that she would be more comfortable in a role of covert influence, and “using Huffpo to echo our message.” The media tycoon “has a point,” McCue conceded.
“She is enthusiastic [about] the project but asks is she’s more useful to us not being on the Board and, instead, using Huffpo to echo our message without any perceived conflicts,” McCue wrote of Huffington. “She has a point. We’ll keep talking.”
Huffington left the website she founded in August to focus on launching a “health and wellness startup,” years after banking more than $20 million by selling Huffington Post to AOL in 2011. Meanwhile, many of the people who write for the website receive no compensation for their work.
Huffington recently invited a New York Times photographer on a tour of her luxurious $8.2 million SoHo pad, where the socialite sat “like a very relaxed queen in her SoHo bedroom on a thronelike bergère chair covered in brocade Fortuny fabric.”
The political leanings of Huffington, and the website that bears her name, are not in doubt. Huffington Post reportedly fired one of its writer after publishing an article critical of Hillary Clinton.
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