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08/29/2009

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Good points, though I seem to recall Labour List being sold as the UK's HuffPost :]

The thing with HuffPost is that it's in a different situation. It's national where it's competing with other national news sources like much-maligned cable news and apart from maybe the NYT newspapers aren't national there. Here it's different. It also gained momentum from the US elections and from being the anti-Drudge.

Huffpost also has its faults. I can see why they do it but their celebrity-driven posting is annoying, their international coverage is weak, the health section is a joke and they've become overburdened with widgets and add-ons.

Their real strengths are in stuff like Nico Pitney's amazing coverage of the Iran election aftermath and the citizen reporting now of the Town Halls.

"Why the hell do you all keep referring to Fleet Street when speaking about your industry, even though there are no newspapers there anymore?"

I'll answer that if you tell us which Main Street Americans refer to in the phrase "Wall Street and Main Street". I've been to Wall Street, that's in NYC and I can find many Main Streets, but which one is it exactly and how does it manage to generate so much of your country's economy?

One reason as to why there is no UK HuffPo is that there is a conceptual seperation between national and local media which does not exist in the US. While they NYT and Washington Post are respected brands that stand-ins for national papers and of course there is USA Today and The Wall Street Journal non of these hold the same public position as a UK National daily. As such I think that an aggregation in the UK has a higher bar to get over as there is not the same notional gap in coverage as there is in the US. And then there is the BBC.

Idiot

"Why the hell do you all keep referring to Fleet Street when speaking about your industry, even though there are no newspapers there anymore?" It's a convenient label for the industry, not much more.

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