The NY Times Business section splashes some ink on one of the key issues of the day:
A Blogger Is Bounced From the Huffington Post
The Huffington Post, the popular news and blogging Web site, again found itself the subject of commentary last week when one of its bloggers was fired after accusing a site staff member of posting negative comments on his blog entries.
In March, the site began carrying the blog of Dr. Peter Rost, a former Pfizer executive who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the drug company. Dr. Rost recently noticed that some prominently placed negative comments on his blog entries had been written by a user named "yacomink." In a June 20 post, Dr. Rost revealed that the person making sarcastic comments was Andy Yaco-Mink, the Huffington Post's technology manager. Dr. Rost's entry included Mr. Yaco-Mink's Internet protocol address and photos.
On June 22, Arianna Huffington, the site's editor, announced that she was withdrawing Dr. Rost's password, effectively firing him. (Mr. Yaco-Mink kept his job because the site had not had a policy forbidding employees from posting, although that policy was instituted on Friday.)
In an interview, Ms. Huffington said that her editorial team had discussed blocking Dr. Rost from the site more than a month ago because of the frequently personal nature of his posts. The editors made the final decision after they said Dr. Rost did not listen to their concerns on the post about Mr. Yaco-Mink.
And they go on, but who cares? Shouldn't the Times be covering the outing of Armando, or something really significant? Is it possible that my wild guess that the Times is detemined to trivialize lefty blogs is actually on the mark? Has all this burbling about new media and storming the (star)gates really triggered some territorial impulse at an institutional level? Will these rhetorical questions end?
MORE: Re Armando - Since I am not the Times, I can chime in belatedly. John Cole was irked. But for my two cents, Armando was pretty clearly using his status as a Kos front-pager to get himself a seat on this panel discussing "eDemocracy: When Goverment Goes Online" (Or does anyone think he was invited on the basis of his law practice?). I don't see how a person can claim they are anonymous except when the credential helps land a cool gig. He outed himself.