HuffPost, AOL & Yahoo are Now Verizon’s Propaganda & Monetization Media Outlets.

“The Huffington Post announced that it will immediately cease its unpaid contributors program — which led to its rise as a media brand — to improve the editorial quality of the news site and cut down on un-vetted reporting.

HuffPost’s blogger network has ballooned to some 100,000 contributors. The decision to end the program by the Verizon-owned site comes under editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen, who joined in December 2016.”

“Open platforms that once seemed radically democratizing now threaten, with the tsunami of false information we all face daily, to undermine democracy…When everyone has a megaphone, no one can be heard.”

“Pianist Glenn Gould notably recorded Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ early in his career in 1955. He then recorded the same music in a more soulful way as a mature artist in 1981.

“What brings this to mind is the recent three-part rant against the telecommunications industry by Huffington Post blogger Bruce Kushnick. The content was not surprising. The author, after all, has been writing variations on this same theme for nearly 30 years — and many of the sentences written in 2012 read as if they had been written in 1983.”

“(Kushnick)…faults Verizon for getting a state income tax break in New York because the company does not make a profit on wireline services there, when, in fact, Verizon pays taxes in New York on gross receipts rather than income; misrepresents Verizon on New Jersey property taxes; makes baseless assertions about Verizon shifting assets and changing the way we report wireline access lines; and — perhaps most absurdly, given financial realities — suggests that Verizon wireline revenues subsidize Verizon Wireless.”

“How did Huffington Post start? In May 2005, the Huffington Post was co-founded by Arianna Huffington and former AOL executive Kenneth Lerer. The founders aimed to position it as the liberal answer to Matt Drudge’s Drudge Report, the popular conservative news site that gathers headlines from around the Web.”

“Verizon acquired the Huffington Post when it purchased AOL in 2015 for $4.4 billion; after buying Yahoo for $4.7 billion in 2017, it merged the two into a new media division, which also included other Verizon-owned properties like Tumblr.”

“It’s been a tough year for employees of Verizon’s media division. In January, the company laid off 800 employees in its media division, including an unspecified number of Huffington Post employees. And in August, Verizon sold Tumblr to Automattic Inc. for under $20 million. That price was pennies on the dollar for Verizon; Yahoo purchased the blogging platform in 2013 for $1.1 billion.”

“In December 2018 Verizon announced that it was cutting 10% of Oath’s workforce and would write down the value of the business by $4.6B. Verizon management blamed competitive pressures and that the business never achieved the anticipated benefits. The move wiped out all of the goodwill on the balance sheets that accompanied the acquisitions….Oath was renamed Verizon Media on January 8, 2019.”

“Verizon is donating $250,000 to PFLAG National and has released a video, “Love Calls Back,” directed by Bully director Lee Hirsch.

“It’s also participating in Pride events nationwide, including L.A. Pride, D.C. Black Pride and the NYC Pride March.”

“Don’t Let That Rainbow Logo Fool You: These 9 Corporations Donated Millions to Anti-Gay Politicians.

§ AT&T donated $2,755,000 to 193 anti-gay politicians.

§ Comcast donated $2,116,500 to 154 anti-gay politicians.

§ Verizon donated $1,022,803 to 74 anti-gay politicians.

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“While you’re not about to run into overage fees thanks to an on-by-default Safety Mode (which allows unlimited low-speed data once the 5GB runs out), your child will be stuck with 480p video streaming. Other perks like tethered data aren’t included, either. On top of this, you can’t get away with a low-cost subscription for yourself ― at least one line has to use an Unlimited plan.”

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