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Huffington Post contributor Visual Arts Source has announced that it will cease to provide the site with content until HuffPost agrees to pay its writers – and it wants other HuffPost writers and contributors to join in.

In a post on the company’s website, Visual Arts Source publisher and co-editor Bill Lasarow writes that he was well aware of the Huffington Post’s payment policy when his company agreed to provide the site with content. However, in light of Aol’s decision to buy the Huffington Post for $315 million, the company has done some reassessing, coming up with two specific demands:

And just like the corporate titans of the American Right, it would come as no surprise if Ms Huffington, whom I am certain has a good heart and only the best intentions, were to assume the obvious position: Who needs these people anyway? They are not even employees.

Nonetheless, we shall remain on strike until these two demands are met. First, a pay schedule must be proposed and steps initiated to implement it for all contributing writers and bloggers. Second, paid promotional material must no longer be posted alongside editorial content; a press release or exhibition catalogue essay is fundamentally different from editorial content and must be either segregated and indicated as such, or not published at all.

One of the goals in organizing this strike, Lasarow explains, is to “professionalize” the relationship among the HuffPost and its contributors. Additionally, he writes, it is “unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing.”

JustinCredible

17 Comments!

  1. mojo
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 12:22 am |

    It’s not faiiiiir! Waaah!

    Face it, kid, you fucked up – you trusted us!

  2. SondraK, Lympian Slayer
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 12:35 am |

    I think they should all head on over to Arianna’s house and shit all over it while banging drums and blowing whistles for a couple weeks.

  3. mech
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 3:41 am |

    Sounds like they have run out of things to rant about.

    Wouldn’t that be great?

  4. Hopefulone
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 4:56 am |

    “…it is ‘unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing.’”

    Quality content for the Huffington Post is what? High-grade manure? How much does the price for manure go, no matter how well “trained” or *indoctrinated* the supplier?

  5. DoubleU
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 6:19 am |

    “unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing.”

    Yet they believe everything should be given to them for free.

  6. geezerette
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 6:40 am |

    Trained qualified professionals contributing quality content to HuffPost???? Since when???

  7. Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 7:16 am |

    You are free to go elsewhere, Lasarow. Somewhere where Teh iWon won’t be pimpin’ your site, encouraging folks to read your drivel like it was worth something… Not sure what that might be worth to ya.

  8. Melissa In Texas
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 7:54 am |

    Does this mean they will STFU for a while?

  9. TimO
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 8:15 am |

    Gee, the liberal rant rags have been using slave labor…
    Who woulda thunk it??

    Welcome to the socialist gulag, comrades!!!!

  10. DougM
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 8:43 am |

    I’ll be happy to split my salary* with ‘em.
    Yep, I’m all about “social justice.”

    * See: PayPal

  11. Posted March 6, 2011 at 9:21 am |

    Hey “professionals,” talent isn’t yours to hog…it’s a national resource!

  12. Yatalli
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:21 am |

    Karma is a bitch, eh.

  13. Merovign
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:46 am |

    I’m kind of left without a side to root for here.

  14. PeggyU
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 11:14 am |

    Tell that to the nearest emergency room physician. I’m sure the doctor could use a good laugh.

  15. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm |

    The beginning of the end, before the end of the beginning. “…snerk…” (music) “Onward KisPian Soldiers,—-marching from The Porch—humm, humm, effing Ariannaaaaaaaa—”

  16. SteveHGraham
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm |

    Oh, my God. I was here in 2005. I complimented Arianna on tricking people into giving her content for nothing, and no one paid any attention to me. I compared her to Tom Sawyer, conning his pals into whitewashing his fence.

    Once again, the MSM catches up with me, and as usual, no one will know.

  17. LLoyd
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm |

    …So they got the nerve to call that writting. Bah!