May 9, 2005


While we're unlikely to agree with much there, this seems a terrific idea.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2005 3:27 PM

Especially the Schlesinger post:

"FDR managed to extract an astonishing document the Declaration on Liberated Europe, an eloquent affirmation of "the right of all people to choose the form of government under which they will live." Molotov warned Stalin against signing it, but he signed it anyway. It was a grave diplomatic blunder. In order to consolidate Soviet control, Stalin had to break the Yalta agreements which therefore could not have been in his favor.

The Declaration stands as the refutation of the myth, given new currency by the president of the United States , that Yalta caused or ratified the division of Europe. It was the deployment of armies, not negotiating concessions, that caused the division of Europe."

Nothing more breathtaking that a signed document. Another historian who seems to have learned nothing.

Posted by: Rick T. at May 9, 2005 3:34 PM

"Huffington Post" sounds like some place kids go to inhale spray paint without the cops finding out. And judging by some of the ideas expoused on the website, there might actually be a connection.

Posted by: John at May 9, 2005 3:58 PM

Will be interesting to see how fast it comes to resemble the Democratic Underground or DailyKos, but with better grammar and punctuation.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 9, 2005 4:03 PM

Raoul - Not likely. All those folks have a PR firm on retainer who will review all their essays pre-publication. Nothing too outlandish will get through, unless it's from Arianna herself.

Posted by: pj at May 9, 2005 4:29 PM

OJ - was your good idea the story on the Saudi oil infrastructure all ready to be blown to bits with one push of the button? We can only dream...

Posted by: BJW at May 9, 2005 4:47 PM

Actually PJ, I know these people. They are very emotional. One day at least one of them will see something that so freaks them out they'll dash off a post and it will be a doozy. Should be fun.

Posted by: NKR at May 9, 2005 4:51 PM

To borrow something James Lileks once wrote about Christopher Hitchens, this brutal L.A. Weekly piece on the Online Arianna Experience reads like the literary equivalent of someone attacking a hanging side of beef with a chain saw.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at May 9, 2005 5:42 PM

I don't want to look - I see that both John Cusack and Larry David have posted there - now I like the work that these guys do and I don't want it spoiled by finding out what numbwits they are. I'll have to keep away from that site so that I can continue to enjoy film and television. I'm still haven't recovered from finding out that Jenna Elfman is a scientologist.

Posted by: Shelton at May 9, 2005 6:20 PM

I can hope, can't I? Kill-joy.

But it will be interesting to see if they start to take their cue from such sites, in that their "big names" take stuff that appears there first, and then clean it up by removing the more outlandish edges and giving it a nice PR makeover. Considering what the New York Times-Democrat sees fit to publish, I still think it's possible.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 9, 2005 6:22 PM


The Larry David piece was funny.

Posted by: h-man at May 9, 2005 6:41 PM

It almost makes me want to stop blogging myself.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at May 9, 2005 8:13 PM