Bil Browning

Why Is Huff Po Running Russian Propaganda Pieces?

Filed By Bil Browning | November 17, 2012 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: journalistic ethics, PR firms, Russian propaganda

"The job of our blog editors is to make sure all of our posts add value for our readers. Part of that is making judgment calls about the transparency of each blogger's motive, even in cases when there is no technical violation of the disclosure policy. A submission by a PR firm raises flags but is not automatically disqualified if the blog adds value and is in keeping with our guidelines."

-- Huffington Post spokesman Rhodes Alderson explaining why the supposedly liberal website is running pro-Russian articles written by a PR firm on behalf of the hardline Russian government without disclosing that the posts are actually paid propaganda.


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