Are you familiar with who Andrea Stone is? I must confess that I was not, but apparently she is the senior national correspondent for the Huffington Post (that means she is paid, which is a big deal by Huffington Post standards). She's a veteran reporter who has been in the business for 24 years. And for some inexplicable reason, she decided to pick a fight with Matt and I yesterday on Twitter. Let me show you what went down in stages. As always, click to zoom in:
Sharmine Narwani, who are proudly pro-terror and anti-American. Here's what she had to say.
As I think we have made pretty clear at this point, this is a volunteer blog and we haven't seen a single cent for what we do. We even gave up on the Amazon links in the margins because it wasn't going anywhere. I thought it was a little odd how Ms. Stone insisted upon knowing "who pays us" to do it. Believe me, if we were making money off of it the site would look a lot better. It's also kind of ironic because the Huffington Post doesn't pay their bloggers and is happy to make money off their blood, sweat and tears. In fact it's gotten them into trouble on more than a couple of occasions.
Now down at the end you see we get into a first amendment discussion and that's where Ms. Stone really embarrasses herself:
A journalist who has been in the business for 24 years doesn't understand how the first amendment works. I tried to explain to her that the First Amendment only applies to the government, not the Huffington Post. The Huffington Post is under no obligation to grant total free speech and in fact it censors the readers all the time. But her only response is to bury her head in the sand:
So she doesn't have time to read the terms of service on the website where she works, but does have time to pick fights with anonymous bloggers. Okay. She apparently also doesn't understand how private businesses work as well as the First Amendment. Let's finish up the conversation just for completion sake: