Monday, April 6, 2009

Towering Ambition

The HuffPo's rise has been impressive. Less than four years old and with fewer than 60 staff (including seven news reporters), it is now a competitor to the New York Times, 158 years old and with more than 1,000 journalists. According to the ratings website Comscore, in February the HuffPo drew more than a third of the Times's traffic: 7.3 million unique users to 18.4 million.

Given the HuffPo's ambition and position, some have started to question its methods, which they see as more in keeping with a startup company undergoing breathtaking growth than a beacon of journalistic hope and excellence.

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