Very few of the Huffington Posts stories contain any original reporting. Not surprising, but is it as little as 6 percent? According to Simon Owens, an online journalist and blogger, thats the percentage of original reporting, or at least it was for yesterdays front-page edition of the Huffington Post. Granted, Owens did set his own parameters for what constituted original reporting, but, as he points out, I marked the bar for entry as low as I possibly could.
This isnt the first time Owens has written about some of the Huffington Posts shortcomings. In May, Owens reported on the questionable medical expertise of the Web sites wellness editor, Patricia Fitzgerald and the sites loose fact checking of stories in its health section. On the Huffington Post site, Fitzgeralds name is listed as Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald. The wellness editor is not a physician, but is, according to her bio, (a) licensed acupuncturist, certified clinical nutritionist, and a homeopath, and has received a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and a doctorate in homeopathic medicine.