The 6,000 bloggers who write for free for the HuffPo aren’t too happy that ZsaZsa gets $100 million while they get nothing, even when the bloggers contribute voluntarily, unpaid, out of their own free will,
AOL, Arianna Huffington Hit with Class Action Suit
Today, a group of bloggers led by union organizer and journalist Jonathan Tasini filed a class-action suit against the Huffington Post, founderArianna Huffington, and AOL, which acquired the news-and-blogs site in February.
Tasini, the lead plaintiff, has been a blogger for Huffpo since December 2005, when the site was just seven months old. According to his blogger page, however, he stopped posting on February 10, three days after the purchase of the site by AOL was announced. I emailed him for more information about the suit; he responded by inviting me to participate in a telephone press conference. (Update: On the call this morning, Tasinivowed to make Huffington “a pariah in the progressive community” and said his goal is to set a precedent that writers must share in the value they create.)
Their lawsuit is based on unjust enrichment. As a nice bonus, they get to claim victimhood – self-imposed victimhood, the best kind.
There is no bad outcome possible. Either:
A. HuffPo is required to fork over millions of dollars to these crybaby free-bloggers; or
B. The crybaby free-bloggers, who are all a bunch of left-wing idiots, get screwed raw.
What’s not to like here? Legally, I don’t think the crybabies have a leg to stand on, but at least they’re forcing HuffPo to hire lawyers to defend against this nuisance suit. And while I think HuffPo will ultimately prevail — where’s the fine-print contractual agreement that obligates anybody to pay a dime to these free-blogging losers? — the biggest payoff will be in disabusing ex-HuffPosters of their idealistic notions that they were part of a ”progressive community.” Here’s my message to the HuffPo crybabies:
WAKE THE HELL UP, YOU DUMMIES!
The “progressive community” was never anything but a three-card monte hustle. The only requirement for membership in the “progressive community” is sufficient naivete to believe that your volunteer efforts accomplish anything other than enhancing the wealth, power and status of your so-called “leaders.”
How the World Works (via NewsBusters) has a longer explanation,
Unjust enrichment, you say? As in, unfair?
Face it guys, if life was fair Arianna/ZsaZsa would be working at the Athens IHOP.