World Post: The Website for the One Percent

Nicolas Berggruen. Photo: Angélica Martínez (CC)

Nicolas Berggruen. Photo: Angélica Martínez (CC)

Although World Post is being touted as the website that billionaires will patronize, I have a feeling that unless it’s made as exclusive (as in keeping the 99% out) as powerbroker meetings like the World Economic Forum in Davos where it will officially launch, then it may not actually be intended for the so-called one percent. From The Guardian:

The 1% are about to get their own publication. The digital media titan Arianna Huffington and the billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen on Wednesday announced the launch of World Post, a comment and news website that looks set to become a platform for some of the most powerful people on the planet.

Inevitably, the World Post will be launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this month. Many of its contributors including former British prime minister Tony Blair, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Google’s Eric Schmidt are regulars at the annual jamboree for the world’s most connected people. Many are also advisers to the Berggruen Institute, the billionaire investor’s nonpartisan policy think tank.

Berggruen, known as the “homeless billionaire” because he prefers living in hotels to owning houses, said the 50/50 venture with Huffington Post owner AOL would not just be a platform for the world’s elite. “You have to start somewhere,” he said. “A lot of these people are knowledgable. On the other hand you will see a lot of unknown voices, young voices and from places that are not that obvious.”

Huffington said: “You can have all those heads of state and major business people, etcetera etcetera, writing right next to an unemployed man from Spain, a student from Brazil. The great heart of HuffPo is no hierarchy.”

The site will have its own stand-alone presence but will also replace the Huffington Post’s current world section. The Huffington Post will run the advertising side of the business and will also organise conferences and sponsored sections. Neither side will comment on how much funding has been put into the business.

Berggruen said World Post would be run for profit. “I think that’s healthy,” he said. “But if we were going to make an investment in the most exciting areas to make an investment, it probably wouldn’t be this. If it doesn’t make money, we will still support it,” he said. “We’re not in it just to make money…

[continues at The Guardian]

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20 Comments on "World Post: The Website for the One Percent"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Jan 10, 2014 at 11:06 am |

    Finally! We’ve been shut out of the Left-leaning media for too long!

  2. Jin The Ninja | Jan 10, 2014 at 11:41 am |

    if anyone had any doubt that ‘liberalism’ and ‘progressivism’ in the us, has shifted farther right than center, one need only look at the career of huffington herself, to dispel any doubt.

    • Anarchy Pony | Jan 10, 2014 at 11:52 am |

      I heard that.

      • Jin The Ninja | Jan 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm |

        i should have simply said ‘liberalism’ and ‘progressivism’ everywhere… even the guardian has shifted over into a swill’s club of false piety for social justice- or perhaps i finally recognise it for what it was/is, and perhaps i am also a cynic…

        • American Cannibal | Jan 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm |

          At least Cornel West is still out there swinging away for social justice.

          • Indeed. Mad props to Dr. West.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jan 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm |

            don’t misunderstand, i still ‘like’ cornel, or least much of what he has to say- i agree with and respect. i have no idols or messiahs in my pantheon.

          • American Cannibal | Jan 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm |

            Glad to see you made it through the Enlightenment, Jin, and rid yourself of those pesky idols.

    • Negative, I would disagree, there are simply too many fraudsters, such as rightwinger Arianna, formerly married to gay oil tycoon, who becomes an overnight “liberal” when her gay husband loses an election, who claim to be progressives.

      There are ONLY two dems left in the US Congress: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Pete Defazio — with Kucinich having been gerrymandered out, Cynthia McKenney being DLC’d out, and Sen. Byron Dorgan being old and tired of accomplishing little on nothing, going against all those thoroughly corrupt pols.

      With a thoroughly dumbed down population, some of these numbskulls still believe Obama’s 100% neocon administration is democratic, and that Hillary Clinton is also a “liberal” — for crissakes — real reform becomes an impossibility!

      • American Cannibal | Jan 10, 2014 at 5:22 pm |

        Hey. How about whats-his-name, the cranky dude from Vermont. Ain’t he some kind of commie?

      • Anarchy Pony | Jan 11, 2014 at 2:02 am |

        Your welcome for Defazio by the way(My district). Good lord the crazies came out for his opponent last election cycle. Art Robinson. Grade A certified wingnut.

      • Jin The Ninja | Jan 13, 2014 at 1:18 pm |

        the fundamental difference is not that we disagree that the public people who claim ‘liberalism’ or progressivism as a cause are ‘libs/progs’ in name only, as well as frauds. rather, it is the idea that liberalism and progressivism hold some sort of remedy to the systemic injustice apparent in all liberal democracies. you honour the system, they game the system, i say f*ck the system.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Jan 10, 2014 at 11:54 am |

    I’d say we should spam the shit out of it, but they will probably wield brutal mods that swing the banhammer with indiscriminate zeal(and probably PMCs that will come to your home and assassinate any dissenters). That or a steep paywall.

    • I think we should ignore the “revealed wisdom” of the wealthy (or their PR staffs) as presented there whose intent is to tell us “unwashed masses” what we should be thinking except in terms of opposition research into the other guy’s Party Lines.

      And look for other narratives that don’t fit what the 0.001% want us to know.

      One may contemplate the future of an elite that comes to believe the disinformation their PR staffs create and pump out.

      • Thanks, as long as unthinking, witless douchetards continue to quote the Cato Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Hoover Institute, the Pew Research Center and Pew Charitable Trusts (I think Taibbi did a good, short, expose of Pew some time back), the Heritage Foudation, the American Enterprise Institute, et al., we (and especially they) are all in deep do do.

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