Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington launched today the Huffington Post, which is a 300 person group blog. The tagline of the new site reads “Delivering news and opinion since May 9th, 2005.” Who’s opinion you ask? Arianna has signed up quite the list of contributors:

Her marquee names — Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Geffen, Rob Reiner, Albert Brooks, Bill Maher, Larry David — aren’t exactly hurting for ways to get their message out.

Huffington’s Hollywood pals — who also include such writers and producers as David Mamet, Norman Lear, Mike Nichols and Aaron Sorkin — are just the neon attractions. She is also touting Walter Cronkite, Gary Hart, Arthur Schlesinger, Mort Zuckerman, Vernon Jordan and Bobby Kennedy Jr.And while the blog is heavy on left-wingers, she has reached out to the right, luring the likes of John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, Tony Blankley of the Washington Times and National Review’s David Frum.

To my knowledge, this is a pretty unique experiment for the blogosphere, and one which I am sure will be watched very closely. The site has some investors, but the point of the Post does not seem to be making money.

She envisions the blog as a big dinner party, with chatter “about politics and books and art and music and food and sex.” Huffington insists her effort isn’t just about the boldface names; she’s lined up some college kids and a friend’s 11-year-old daughter. “My dream is that we’ll create new blogging stars,” she says.

I hope it’s worth reading. I’ve subscribed for now!

Read: Washington Post

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