Arianna Huffington on the Premiere of Meet The Bloggers
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With Meet the Bloggers, Brave New Foundation has created a new live show that features some of the best unconventional minds on the internet today. So they would have been remiss not to have media luminary Arianna Huffington as their first featured guest on today's premiere.
Huffington sat down with Meet the Bloggers host Cenk Uygur and Brave New Films Founder Robert Greenwald to discuss the bourgeoning role of online journalistic outlets like The Huffington Post. According to Huffington, her site fuses the traditional journalism's talent for "ferreting out the truth" with what the new media does best, following up on stories with an almost obsessive-compulsive energy. Greenwald points out that what also matters is the need for these online outlets to "connect the dots," creating a larger picture of how issues are interconnected. There is also the growing concern that the new media must think outside the netroots (h/t Jim Gilliam), just as it's crucial for the mainstream media not to succumb to a beltway mentality.
Catch the full episode of Meet the Bloggers at meetthebloggers.org. And be sure to tune in every Friday at 1PM ET. Next week's guest will be Sen. Harry Reid, so get you questions ready!
ZP Heller is the editorial director of Brave New Films. He has written for The American Prospect, AlterNet, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post, covering everything from politics to pop culture.