Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. Her newest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Since launching in 2005, The Huffington Post has become one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA; Onex; The Center for Public Integrity; and The Committee to Protect Journalists.
Question: Who gets to judge what merits a ‘balanced opinion’?
Arianna Huffington: Well, there are two separate things here. One is that — I argue in the book that the Right versus Left way of looking at American politics is very obsolete, that in fact there are many positions which used to be called or considered Left Wing, which in fact are now in the Center of American politics, and very mainstream — like bring the troops home from Iraq, and universal healthcare, and doing something about corporate responsibility, global warming — all these issues are now mainstream with 60 to 70 percent approval ratings. So, the media have continued to deposit this false dichotomy of Right versus Left on practically every political issue. And the other problem is that when you look at the facts, and the evidence, it is not so difficult to realize where the truth lies. Then we can have a vigorous discussion about how to approach the problem, or what to do, but whether there is global warming, whether evolution is the fact, whether Iraq is a catastrophe — these are pretty clear answers.
Recorded on: March 9 2008