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Left behind? Media critic Jason Salzman misses the HuffPo strike

By | March 30th, 2011

Left-leaning media critic Jason Salzman has been crossing an “electronic picket line” to write for The Huffington Post.

The Newspaper Guild announced its support of a strike against the website on March 16, “calling on unpaid writers of the Huffington Post to withhold their work in support of a strike launched by Visual Art Source in response to the company’s practice of using unpaid labor.”

“Just as we would ask writers to stand fast and not cross a physical picket line, we ask that they honor this electronic picket line,” wrote the Guild, which represents 26,000 media workers.

Salzman, who describes himself as a “writer, activist, and media consultant,” has had two articles published on HuffPo since that date, one on March 18 and another on March 24.

When I first asked Salzman about it, he replied he hadn’t heard of the strike. Once he looked into it, he sent me an email Tuesday that read, in part, “I’m unsure about what to do.”

Salzman isn’t the only Coloradan on the left crossing the union line.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., had a piece published Wednesday on HuffPo; Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., wrote for the site on March 23; and Pat Waak, former state Democratic Party chairwoman, had a piece posted on March 18.

It could be that one or more of those columns was submitted before March 16 and published after that date. I should note that I post on HuffPo regularly and will continue to do so without regard to the strike. I’m happy whenever Huffington Post puts up something that I write.

In the video above, you can see Progress Now founder Michael Huttner and Salzman singing “50 Ways to Help Obama” [sincerest apologies to Paul Simon], at the Tattered Cover bookstore in 2009, promoting their book of the same name.

But I’m guessing one of the “50 ways” is not “Cross the virtual picket line, Caroline.”

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See also: Prominent labor leaders may have to cross ‘virtual’ picket line against Huffington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/21/11

[Updated 3/31/11]

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