GOP Goes Hat in Hand to HuffPo
Our “weird bedfellows” story of the day: Republicans flock to The Huffington Post.
When Tom Coburn wanted to pitch his criticism of the Democrats’ health care plan last month, the senator’s office considered sympathetic media outlets like The Wall Street Journal and the conservative blog RedState.
Instead, the Oklahoma Republican went with The Huffington Post.
Despite its liberal leanings, Republican member and aides have begun heading to The Huffington Post to talk up their views.
Arianna Huffington, who co-founded the eponymous site four years ago this month, said that increased Republican engagement “is a reflection of our traffic, our brand, and the fact that we are increasingly seen … as an Internet newspaper, not positioned ideologically in terms of how we cover the news.”
That’s not exactly how the Republicans see it. While GOP aides say they’re treated fairly by Huffington Post reporters, they know that their views are likely to take a beating from the site’s bloggers, commenters and headline writers.
But the opportunity for impact is irresistible.
So the GOP will just ignore and forget about the deranged antisemitism and hate speech that’s endemic in the Huffington Post’s comments. After all, they can advance their political agenda by hanging out there!