Saturday, January 16, 2010


If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, parody is, well, something else again. The Huffington Post, the "Internet Newspaper" co-founded by socialite author Arianna Huffington, has been a daily guilty pleasure since it was started in May 2005.

It recently achieved the distinction of being a target of someone besides the conservative politicians it skewers with regularity, when the Web site created a deft parody of the Web site's breathless, over-the-top news and headline style, and its reliably progressive editorial leanings.

HuffPost thus joins The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times as a subject of benign ridicule, finally high up enough on the media food chain for this kind of comeuppance.

Hey, turnabout's always fair play. Sometimes, it's fun when the kid laughing at the emperor's new clothes gets slapped upside the head. I'm just sayin'.

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