Huffington Post, Now Led By An Uber Board Member, Killed A Story Criticizing Uber. | Gradient

Huffington Post, now led by an Uber board member, killed a story criticizing Uber.


A few days ago, it was announced that Ariana Huffington would be joining Uber as a board member. There are a few interesting things about this, not the least of which being that Uber has come under some pretty serious criticism for moves lately, ranging from the safety of their passengers to the fairness of their wages. Huffington Post’s ability to report fairly on these issues was thrown into pretty severe doubt following Huffington’s board placement—not that HuffPo’s ability to report fairly was ever not in question.

Such fears were justified almost immediately, as reported by the Washington Post. On April 6, a reporter named Sarah Digiulio shared a New York Times story with the HuffPo editorial team about an Uber driver who slept in the passenger seat while his customer led the police on a high-speed chase in New York. She reportedly received a response from HuffPo editor Gregory Beyer, who said “Thanks, Sarah. Let’s hold on this one please as we’re partnering with Uber on our drowsy driving campaign.”

That drowsy driving campaign had been announced the previous day. Huffington and Travis Kalanick—a senior exec at Uber—jointly published an article titled “A Wake-Up Call to End Drowsy Driving.” Apparently, Huffington spent the day riding along with random Uber customers in Nashville, Tennessee and telling them about the importance of sleeping or something. She also has a new book: The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

So, Ariana Huffington likes sleep. She also likes Uber. And the optics of someone who likes sleep running an article about Uber drivers not getting enough are obviously not great, so the story got punted. Now, The Washington Post says their sources deny Huffington herself had any actual say in killing the article pitch, and that may be true. Huffington has said she isn’t going to get involved in any decisions about how her website covers Uber. That may also be true. But this story reveals the inherent complications anytime interests get conflicted.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.