Arianna Huffington on the Punditocracy and the Next President

Author and Media Executive

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.

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Question: The pundit-ocracy labeled Bush a dolt and Clinton morally bankrupt, what will the next President be?

Arianna Huffington: Well, I think the main issue is going to be how is this Democrat going to govern? You know, there are many multiple crises the country’s facing, both domestic and foreign, and being able to extricate the country from Iraq, deal with the real threats of terrorism, while at the same time turning the economy around, is going to be some of the primary challenges that the Democratic President, I hope, will be facing. And I think what we need to do, those of us in the new media, is make sure that we hold the traditional media accountable, and hold their feet to the fire in making sure that whatever they’re saying, that it reflects reality. I mean, that is really our greatest battle is to tell the truth to the American people, and insist that the mainstream media tell the truth, as well. Because in the end, what the Right has done, is not so much to be at war with Progressives and Democrats, but to be at war with facts, with reality, with truth. And if we can keep exposing that, and- that’s all we need to do.

Recorded on: May 9 2008


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