Today, a group of bloggers led by union organizer and journalist Jonathan Tasini filed a class-action suit against the Huffington Post, founder Arianna 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.
Read the whole thing.
Progressive bloggers willingly worked for free under Zsa Zsa are suddenly waking up to the fact that they have been had? This is tastier than a bacon and bratwurst breakfast burrito.
Who did they think would profit from a vanity web portal named Huffington Post? Chumps and rubes if they thought that she would 'sprinkle the wealth' down to their level.
The Puff Ho bloggers were told that speaking truth to power was it's own reward. Now they are finding out there are better rewards. Money.
Update that's more of an addendum: I was about to publish this when I saw the Pigford comment:
I can just see it now: A Pigford-style settlement for former HuffPo bloggers, former non-HuffPo bloggers, people who have attempted to blog for HuffPo, people who know someone who attempted to blog at HuffPo
Heck yeah! I'm a victim too! I was thinking about blogging at the
Update II: Linked back by The Other McCain.
Update III: Little Miss Attila jumps into the fray.