“We feel it is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing,” The Newspaper Guild said regarding the Huffinton Post. “It is unethical to cannibalize the investment of other organizations that bear the cost of compensation and other overhead without payment for the usage of their content. It is extremely unethical to not merely blur but eradicate the distinction between the independent and informed voice of news and opinion and the voice of a shill.”
The Newspaper Guild will add its weight (26,000 members) to the boycott Bill Larson (Visual Arts Source publisher) has against Huffingpo.
They want visitors to avoid and writers to stop blogging free for the site, FishbowlLA reports.
The Guild also writes that “paid promotional material must no longer be posted alongside editorial content [on the Huffington Post].”