Huffington Vs. AP on ‘Charlie Rose’ and Aggregator Envy

Curley on 'Rose'

Curley on 'Rose'

Huffington Post Editor Arianna Huffington and Associated Press CEO Tom Curley appeared on “Charlie Rose” last night to discuss journalism distribution on the digital age.

You can click here to see the full segment.

Curley’s argument: We’re not getting paid enough, so we plan to wall off content and create our own “landing page” which we’ll monetize. Huffington’s argument: Anytime you wall off content and ignore the obvious link economy on the Web, you’re going to fail. She says this several times.

Also included: Awkward moments of Curley trying to commend news aggregators like Huffington and search engines like Google that spend millions licensing AP content while simultaneously decrying news aggregators like Huffington and search engines like Google that manage to make lots of money while doing so.


On a related note, Gawker goes after the argument laid out by the likes of Wall Street Journal Editor Robert Thomson and the AP that Web sites that link to news stories are somehow harming those news providers. Hitwise finds that search engines, portals, social networks and blogs generate significant link traffic to news sites:

Although several of the online aggregators are at the heart of the content distribution argument, they do successfully send visits to news properties rather than keeping them upon their own websites. Two sources that have increased the share of referrals in March 2009 when compared to March 2008 are Drudge Report and The Huffington Post. Others that have remained consistent include Google News, Yahoo! News and My Yahoo.

Gawker, noting Techmeme Founder Gabe Rivera’s CNet column pointing out the New York Times and even the Wall Street Journal themselves run their own aggregation sites, concludes that the newspaper industry’s real problem “isn’t that sites like Google News and Techmeme exist. It’s that they don’t own them.”


One Response

  1. I love how Arianna Huffington talks up the “new linked economy” but still charges cold hard cash for advertising on Huffpo…a little hypocritical isn’t it…and telling…what the banks don’t let her pay her bills with links????

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