backpedaling is beautiful: AOL/HuffPo attempts damage control
Only an hour after I posted the hideous email sent to Cinematical freelancers about how they were invited to continue working for the now-AOL/HuffPo-owned site, I received this email, from Mario Ruiz, senior vice president for media relations for Huffington Post Media Group:
Dear Mary Ann, the email from Patricia Chui had lots of misinformation. She herself sent out a follow-up email...
And the followup from Chui that he mentions. Here it is:
From: Chui, Patricia Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 07:06 PM To: MoviefoneWriters Subject: Update: Moviefone/Cinematical Writers Status
And this is what I told Ruiz in response:
Sorry, but her email most certainly DID ask former paid freelancers to be unpaid bloggers. It's there as clear as day.
Fun fun fun.
Perhaps HuffPo is capable of shame. That would make for a refreshing change.
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