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Government says Sotloff video is real

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  1. Steven Sotloff video is real: National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says a video showing the journalist’s execution by Islamic State “is authentic.” (AP) | Sotloff “began many of his articles with personal anecdotes and sprinkled his reporting with mundane details like the precise price of bread, reminding readers that faceless forces like Syria’s civil war and Egypt’s military coup were fundamentally altering the lives of real people, in divergent but no less devastating ways.” (The Atlantic) | President Obama: “His killers try to claim that they defend the oppressed but it was Steven who traveled across the Middle East risking his life to tell the story of Muslim men and women demanding justice and dignity.” (Politico) | Time Editor Nancy Gibbs: Sotloff “gave his life so readers would have access to information from some of the most dangerous places in the world.” (Time) | “It appears from chatter on ISIS forums that the initial video release was an unintentional leak from within ISIS circles” (Vocativ)
  2. Fred Ryan meets Washington Post newsroom: The news organization’s new publisher declined to say how he got the job, said “a key for Wapo is winning the morning.” (@erikwemple) | Washington Post reporters figure out how he got the job: He told Jean Case he was interested, and she introduced him to Post owner Jeff Bezos.
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HuffPost names new managing editor as Jimmy Soni moves to India

Huffington Post Managing Editor Jimmy Soni will move to New Delhi to help get HuffPost India off the ground, Arianna Huffington wrote in a note to staffers Wednesday night. National editor Kate Palmer will be the publication’s new m.e., and “We will be recruiting a new National Editor,” Huffington wrote.

Soni will return “to the newsroom in a new role, the way Nico Pitney left his position as Managing Editor and returned as Head of Product.”

Joe Pompeo wrote earlier this month that Soni is a “divisive figure” in the HuffPost newsroom, someone who has “clashed with senior figures in the newsroom, according to numerous insiders, who described him as imperious and arrogant, albeit hard-working and devoted to the site.”

Soni “sees himself as more of a change agent,” Pompeo wrote. “The newsroom is stronger, smarter and better than it was,” he told Pompeo.

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Arianna Huffington made $21 million from HuffPost sale

In the 2011 sale of The Huffington Post to AOL, Arianna Huffington walked away with a total of $21 million, according to an internal AOL memo published today on The Smoking Gun. That number is much lower than was earlier speculated, The Smoking Gun reports.

The memo was part of a court filing last week in Peter Daou and James Boyce’s ongoing lawsuit against Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and the publication. Daou and Boyce claim the idea of the site was theirs. Read more

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Huffington Post will end anonymous comments


Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier, and I just came from London, where there are threats of rape and death threats,” Barb Darrow reports Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington said at a conference in Boston. Huffington said the site would rescind anonymity in September: “I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity.”

In an email to Poynter, Huffington Post spokesperson Rhoades Alderson confirms the move and says HuffPost’s army of moderators — it has about 40 — “will be freed up to engage more with the community, facilitating the kinds of productive conversations our community members want to be having.” Read more

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Stephen Colbert, Arianna Huffington among this weekend’s commencement speakers

Stephen Colbert is scheduled to speak Saturday at the University of Virginia. Arianna Huffington will speak at Smith College Sunday.

They’re among the many journalists who’ve spoken or are scheduled to speak at commencement ceremonies this spring, as many did last year.

Below, a roundup of scheduled speeches as well as some of the ones already delivered. Got an addition? Email me:

Upcoming speeches

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Lawsuit over HuffPost’s origins will proceed, but CEO Armstrong won’t be questioned

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Like The Huffington Post’s annual What Time Is the Super Bowl? page, Peter Daou and James Boyce’s suit asserting they’d helped start the site just won’t die.

New York Supreme Court Judge Charles Ramos Wednesday ordered Arianna Huffington, Ken Lerer and the Huffington Post to answer the Democratic consultants’ complaint, which charges that they’d written documents that became the framework for the site.

Ramos also quashed a subpoena Doau and Boyce’s lawyers hoped to issue to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. Armstrong engineered AOL’s purchase of The Huffington Post in February 2011 but was not an original founder of the site. The plaintiffs “have not demonstrated that Armstrong had any information other than that of his company, AOL, regarding the reasons for purchasing the Huffington Post,” Ramos wrote. Read more


Huffington tells Colbert: ‘You just won a mere Peabody, we won a Pulitzer’

Arianna Huffington appeared on “The Colbert Report” Wednesday night to talk about her website’s first Pulitzer Prize win. Huffington Post started in 2005, the same year as Stephen Colbert’s show. “And you and I are just racing toward the accolades,” he said, then asked: “What specifically did Huffington Post win for? Was it for Heidi Klum nip slips? What was the article?” Here’s the exchange that followed:

Huffington: You know what Stephen, I have a feeling that you’re just bitter and jealous.
Colbert: Am I? Am I? How’s your Peabody, baby? How’s your Peabody? Maybe my Peabody could fight your Pulitzer. … As a website you win a Pulitzer Prize, right? You can also win a Peabody with a website.
Huffington: Who needs a Peabody when you have a Pulitzer? … You need to stop aggregating the Huffington Post. Do you know how much of our material you use?
Colbert: All of it.

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Who’s right about Arianna Huffington’s role at AOL?

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TechCrunch has confirmed Business Insider’s report that Arianna Huffington’s role at AOL has been reduced. TechCrunch — owned and operated by AOL — published a story late Thursday night saying that Jay Kirsch now runs TechCrunch, Engadget, Moviefone, Stylist, AOL Video, and TUAW. Kirsch became responsible for the Tech sites’ business operations in December 2011, when Heather Harde left her position at AOL as GM of TechCrunch, Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW. The business responsibilities Kirsch gained then were Harde’s, not Huffington’s. Kirsch was part of the February announcement that TechCrunch had a new editor.

But Alexia Tsotsis now reports that Kirsch “will be looking for an Editorial Manager to fill a role under him and deal directly with each individual site, according to sources.” If true, that means Huffington no longer has editorial control over all the AOL brands and Web properties she began managing when AOL purchased her  website over a year ago. Read more


Huffington to news orgs: Stop fetishizing social media

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Arianna Huffington, whose eponymous site is uber-optimized for social media, says the media is too obsessed with “going viral” instead of reporting substantive news. In a lengthy column, Huffington acknowledges that HuffPost is “as aggressive as any media outlet in using social media,” but warns:

The media world’s fetishization of social media has reached idol-worshipping proportions. Media conference agendas are filled with panels devoted to social media and how to use social tools to amplify coverage, but you rarely see one discussing what that coverage should actually be about. … Social media are a means, not an end. And going viral isn’t “mission accomplished,” regardless of what it was that went viral.

Earlier: Plea to journalists: Stop using social media as cover for bogus trend stories (Poynter) Read more


Lawsuit over Huffington Post origins can go to trial

A New York judge has ruled that a lawsuit claiming that Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer stole the idea for the Huffington Post has enough merit to go to trial. Jeff Roberts reports that a judge ruled that plaintiffs Peter Daou and James Boyce’s claim could go forward “under a New York law that allows people to sue if someone steals an idea that is both novel and concrete. In the ruling, the judge noted that Huffington appeared to have conceded that the idea was indeed a new one when she told Playboy in 2006, ‘There’s a tremendous advantage in being the first with something … We were the first hybrid of news and group blog.’ ” Roberts reports that the ruling, which he has in his post, increases pressure on Huffington to settle. AOL spokesman Mario Ruiz responded to the lawsuit thusly: “Seven out of the eight claims were thrown out. Read more

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