HuffPo AstroTurf? Arianna Offers Busing From NYC to DC for Stewart-Colbert Rally
If Arianna Huffington, an admitted “progressive,” announces she’s offering transportation to individuals that desire to participate in Comedy Central hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “million moderate march,” can it really be described as “moderate?”
On the Sept. 28 broadcast of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post and author of “Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream,” promoted the rally. She told host Jon Stewart’s audience she was offering busing from her SoHo offices in Manhattan to those wanting to attend the so-called “Rally to Restore Sanity” and “March to Keep Fear Alive” in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 30.
“We are getting a Huff Post bus. If there is anybody unsure how to get there, talk to me,” Huffington said. “[J]ust come to the Huffington Post, 560 Broadway in SoHo. The bus will be there. We’ll take you with us.”
It’s not clear if Huffington is trying to hijack the event to give it more of a “progressive” tilt. However, the left-wing has been critical of conservative events in the past, accusing oil companies of busing in activists. But Huffington said there would be plenty of buses for all that want to go from Manhattan.
“We’ll have as many buses as there are people to fill them,” she said. “That’s our promise.”
A post was put on Huffington’s website as soon her announcement was aired on “The Daily Show” explaining details were still being worked out. A Twitter feed was also created for this initiative, @HuffPostBus.