Bloggers often take heat for posting incorrect, misleading, or false information. The need to get something out there early is intense because it can be the difference between getting a lot of traffic and not getting any at all. However, there are times when journalistic responsibility must trump the need for page views. This is one of those times.
OK, so everyone knows that the majority of Digg users lean to the left on most political issues. Everyone on Digg should know that Huffington Post leans way to the left on all political issues. It’s natural to think that the site would have a huge following on Digg and would get a ton of front page stories.
Over 7 a day – that’s a little overboard.
Still, that’s what happens to stories when they are submitted to Digg. With a careful use of clever, tilted headlines and an aggressive user base, HuffPo has had 52 stories hit the front page in the last 7 days. This is not new. In fact, there are times when this would be a low number. They have tremendous traffic and take advantage of the traffic for Digg’s sake with a nicely placed Digg button accompanied by a request to “support” the story.
Here is an image that tells a lot about the current Digg front page: