Citizen Huff

Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

Becoming more publisher than columnist, Arianna Huffington calls Huffington Post an “Internet newspaper.”


 Published: March 31, 2008

“Ari Emanuel called me last night with an idea for a blog,” Arianna Huffington said last week as she sipped an iced coffee in the New York offices of The Huffington Post last week.

 Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

Arianna Huffington in her company’s New York offices.

In several ways, it was a classic Huffington statement, combining Hollywood celebrity (Mr. Emanuel, the famous movie agent), national politics (his idea was an essay on how Hillary Rodham Clinton learned, in his words, “how to manipulate words to cover up her lies”), with an imperfect grasp of new media terminology (she meant “post,” not “blog”). And of course, Ms. Huffington herself was at the center of the whole episode.