Arianna Huffington's Global Cocktail Party

Hamilton Nolan · 01/18/12 09:56AM

Celebrity self-justification platform The Huffington Post is launching a spinoff in France called "Le Huffington Post," French for "Another Fucking Huffington Post." Welcome to Arianna's global cocktail party, French people. You only think you're invited.

Media Stories Achieve Post-Pointlessness; or, Entry Level Job Interview Conducted in Car

Hamilton Nolan · 01/11/12 01:56PM

It's reassuring for me, as a writer, to know that if all else fails and my entire career crumbles to pieces, I can always survive by selling Slate literally any story about anything I have ever done. I can derive an entirely new income stream for a period of time equal to the length of my entire writing career, by writing thousands of new stories recounting each individual day of my career, and the exciting—or unexciting—lessons I learned, or did not learn. It doesn't matter that that would be pointless; "pointlessness" is a concept that does not translate to the internet. We're living in a post-pointless era. Enjoy it.

Meet the 26-Year-Old Assistant Now Managing the Huffington Post Newsroom

Ryan Tate · 01/10/12 02:10PM

There's a power change at aspiring investigative powerhouse the Huffington Post: Managing editor Nico Pitney is out, and Arianna Huffington's assistant — sorry, "chief of staff" — Jimmy Soni is in. He's 26, a swing dancer, barefoot runner, trilingual, and new to this whole editing and reporting thing.

Chiefs of Staff Are the Hottest New Rich Person Accessory

Adrian Chen · 12/05/11 12:10PM

Chelsea Clinton gave what appears to be her first-ever interview to the New York Times. And we were surprised to learn that the 31-year-old has a "chief of staff." She's not the only one. Ultra-Rich People Trend Alert!

How to Get Fired From the Washington Post

Hamilton Nolan · 11/22/11 03:17PM

In your tricky Tuesday media column: how to get fired at the Washington Post, NPR listeners are just so ugh, Lane Brown to New York mag, Michelangelo Signorile to HuffPo, and a shocking report about women in media.

Print Is Dead, Literally

Hamilton Nolan · 11/16/11 03:00PM

In your murky Wednesday media column: America's largest newsprint maker goes bankrupt, the HuffPo tries its hand at "journalism," an Irena Briganti hunt, Nick Denton vs. the commenters, and the NFL's launching a magazine.

NBC Announces: 'Rock Center' to Be Completely Derivative

Hamilton Nolan · 10/27/11 02:06PM

In your misty Thursday media column: NBC's newsmagazine will be like every other newsmagazine show, a lawsuit against HuffPo goes forward, the WaPo's chairman leaves, the NYDN screws up, and a press release newswire war.

Arianna Huffington Gets the Finger from Her Entertainment Writers

Ryan Tate · 10/04/11 08:06PM

Arianna Huffington found the name "PopEater" tacky, so she threw everyone overboard and shut the AOL entertainment site down. That, at least, is the unauthorized message Huffington's former minions published to the world via Huffington's servers.

HuffPo Adds Four New Insipid Sections

Hamilton Nolan · 10/03/11 01:59PM

In your dreary Monday media column: HuffPo launches four new verticals for the easily amused, a football player threatens a sportswriter, The Awl's empire expands, the creative class is dead, and Yahoo News and ABC learn to share.

Here Comes Jill Abramson's God Damn Puppy Book

Hamilton Nolan · 09/28/11 01:46PM

In your vivacious Wednesday media column: important media person loves puppies, a publisher's going to jail, NBC News decides to stand for something, Bloomberg View's editor is out, an NYT writer goes to HuffPo, and how to be a dick.