Arianna Huffington on leaving Huffington Post to launch new startup: 'Building something from scratch doesn't get easier just because you've done it before. There is only one way to do it: with your full attention' - @ariannahuff
Editor's note: Recode's Kara Swisher reports that AOL's talks to sell its Huffington Post unit 'have been most serious with Axel Springer, the German media conglomerate.' She adds that some private equity firms have also expressed interest. - Tom
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The Huffington Post (sometimes abbreviated Huff Post or HuffPo) is an American online news aggregator and blog that has both localized and international editions founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, Jonah Peretti, and briefly, Andrew Breitbart, featuring columnists. The site offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests, and local news.
The Huffington Post was launched on May 9, 2005 as an overtly liberal/left commentary outlet and alternative to news aggregators such as the Drudge Report, and some still consider it to espouse liberal views. On February 7, 2011, AOL acquired the mass market Huffington Post for US$315 million, making Arianna Huffington editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group.
In July 2012, The Huffington Post was ranked #1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list by eBizMBA Rank, which bases its list on each site's Alexa Global Traffic Rank and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast. In 2012, The Huffington Post became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win a Pulitzer Prize.