Quiz: Is The Huffington Post the New Maxim?

When I saw that The Huffington Post and AOL had completed a $315 million merger earlier this year, I groaned. I was used to seeing questionable headlines on the old AOL home page, and I could only guess what would the merger would do to the Huffington Post’s integrity.

Sure enough, the HuffPost–once my progressive news mecca–has changed. Its headlines are more and more tabloid-worthy, and it increasingly courts traffic with sexism and skin.

Don’t believe me? Take this quiz and see if you can guess the origins of these headlines: Huffington Post, Maxim or Cosmo?

Huffington Post, Maxim or Cosmo?

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It’s not just headlines, either. This awesome video by Feminist Frequency shows how The Huffington Post uses women’s bodies as click bait.

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    Comments

    1. Huffington Post at one time had integrity?

      Nope.

    2. also not there is a boycott movement of Huffington Post re: it not paying the writers whose work created the value that was monetized when HuffPo sold out to AOL, not being paid for what ended up putting a lot of money in HuffPo’s pockets. see http://nwu.org/boycott-huffington-post-0

    3. Glenda McCarthy says:

      I’m amazed that Huffington Post has been given legitimacy by journalist organizations and by so many liberals (who, yes, are hungry for a media outlet). The site has always used women’s bodies as bait … seems to have a requirement that photos of breasts and/or bikinis is on every page; it also “borrows” stories from actual journalist sites. Huffington was vehemently against Hillary Clinton and seems to be against any woman having power other than herself. It’s sad indeed that a woman who has so much power and money (from her ex-husband I suppose) uses it to manipulate liberal thinkers with sexist pap.

    4. The Huffington Post never had integrity.

      It’s been the illusion of a “progressive” news source.

    5. I agree – I don’t live in the US and I rarely check the Huffington Post (I’m more of a Guardian reader), but whenever I clicked on a link suggested by someone, it was rubbish sensationalism :S .

      Then again, I don’t know for how long and to what extent it’s been like this. However last week I heard an interview with Ms. Huffington on BBC Radio 4 and she was pretty sentimental about her mother and her daughters and female empowerment. What a hypocrite 🙂

    6. Eh, this makes me sick. I did an awful job on the quiz. The fact that Bristol Palin’s virginity was news creeps my insides out. I don’t like the Palins, but that is just wrong and sick. I am not surprised that the “11 Hottest Female Professors in the Country” was a news story, but I am surprised that it came from HuffPo. Ughhh, it’s just wrong. Thanks for this article and quiz. It was a great idea to prove your point.

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