As many will recall, in 2004, the Huffington Post was conceived as the liberal answer to Matt Drudge's conservative news site The Drudge Report. Already, word that the site is being acquired by a large corporation whose CEO "calls himself a libertarian" has provoked a strong reaction among readers. "This is a mistake, I'm boycotting Huff Post," wrote a reader on HuffingtonPost.com. "Can Arianna bring progressive values to a mega-corporation like AOL?" began another reader. "Not if history serves as an example of what happens to smaller successful new companies that merge with (get bought out by / sell out to) mega corporations."
For his part, Carlson thinks liberals should relax:
No matter what you hear from Armstrong and Arianna Huffington about going "beyond left or right," The Huffington Post isn't about to lose its progressive voice.
Armstrong had AOL buy Huffington Post because, unlike AOL blogs, it has been able to attract a dedicated and loyal audience. If the Huffington Post does that by appealing to progressives, Armstrong is not likely to fix what is not broken.