It's been a tough week for Arianna Huffington. After AOL's stock tanked following a spotty earnings report, a pair of her most celebrated journalists--one of them a high profile poach from The New York Times--abruptly left the Huffington Post. There's a growing list of top editors who've quietly fled the Huffington Post since the AOL takeover. No one expects any employer to issue a press release when an employee quits, but there was quite a bit of fanfare, often from Huffington herself, when they were brought on. Particularly when Huffington was defending her site from those who think its aggregating ways cross the lines of journalism ethics in her spat with Times editor Bill Keller, who later complained about her habit of luring his journalists away with big checks. But with this week's evidence that she can't keep them there, people are starting to think that Huffington tactic isn't working.
Earlier this week it was reported that Maura Egan, the former deputy travel editor of The New York Times's style magazine T, abruptly left her job at as the Huffington Post deputy culture and entertainment editor after only five months. The Huffington Post offered a one line statement on her departure: "Maura decided to pursue other career opportunities." But when Egan was hired, they heralded her arrival in a press release.