Time will tell.
But businesses, even ones that have been poorly run like AOL, should look at how to make the most money, not just advance an ideology. Yes there are example where the owners (like GE) set profit aside in order to have a mouthpiece but I think we’ll start to see a moderation of that under Comcast. So it will be interesting to see if AOL does in fact use the HuffPo model as one that could serve a wide range of political views, or if it will pursue an ideology-driven appoach that will cut them off from well over 50% of their potential revenue sources.
No one likes AOL.
It was a CASH deal. Arianna’s dream come true-now she can go & get some plastic surgery, don’t ya’ think?
but she’s in Obama’s pocket,too................. :D :D D:
AOL is no diff
Recall that one of the conditions the FCC attached to the Comcast acquisition of NBC concerns the relationship between the ten O&O stations...and local "non-profit newsgathering operations".
The O&O's are required to partner with a local non-profit in each market -- using them to supplement there on air and internet reporting and allowing them production and editing privileges.
It so happens that there is already in place a network of "non-profit newsgathering operations" -- INN, or Investigative News Network.
Guess who funds the non-profit INN?
The Open Society Institute -- George Soros' front organization.
This kind of progressive influence on the major network will make the MSNBC operation look like a pimple on the progressive butt.
Some Congressional hearings into how the FCC cleared the Comcast deal...and why they felt it necessary to stipulate partnerships with "non-profit newsgathering operations" bears questioning.