Will the Huffington Post become your new favourite source for daily news? Read some of its upsides and downsides, and then decide for yourself.
Read for free — The Huffington Post is free to use; you don't have to pay any money to read its articles, or to sign up for an account.
There's a niche for just about everyone — In addition to having common newspaper categories such as "Politics", "Sports", "Science", "Religion", and "Horoscopes", there are specialty ones for things such as environmentally-friendly living, rethinking and redefining leadership and success, and minority viewpoints. Some sections are tailored to issues surrounding specific demographics, including teenagers, religious adherents, Latinos, blacks, and even older adults like you!
Credible news from the authorities — The Huffington Post uses trusted news sources such as Atlantic Magazine, the New York Times, the BBC, CBS, CNN, the Washington Post, and others. It also features columns from respected celebrities and experts-in-their-field, so the information is trustworthy more often than not.
Support for news from near and far — The Huffington Post has editions for several major American cities, if you're looking for news that's closer to home. The Huffington Post also has several international editions, so you can keep up with news around the world. This is especially useful if you're not originally from North America and want some perspective on what's going on in your mother country.
Read all about… this product? — Since the Huffington Post is free, you will see advertisements on the website. The commenting system also goes through Facebook, which some people find intrudes into their privacy.
There's always more than one side to a story — There are those who believe that the content on the Huffington Post is intentionally biased. Specifically, there are claims that news articles and commentary pieces on the Huffington Post are either selected or written from a "liberal" or "left-wing" political point of view and try to discredit or argue against "conservative" or "right-wing" political points of view. Know that you may not agree with everything that you see on the Huffington Post, and that its users may not agree with everything that you believe or have to say. To be fair, many other journalistic outlets have their biases, too; just know that how the Huffington Post or any other news source presents a story is only one way of looking at it.
Live your life, not someone else's — There are concerns that some content (mostly opinion pieces) on the Huffington Post may advocate, or dismiss criticism of, potentially unsafe lifestyle choices. These include refusing vaccinations and experimenting with alternative medicine not sanctioned by the scientific community. Just like with any website that offers health advice, the Huffington Post is not the final word when it comes to your well-being. Be sure to discuss any potential lifestyle changes with your healthcare professional before going ahead with them.
The Bottom Line: 7/10
It's difficult to rate the Huffington Post on its usefulness because it's such a polarizing website; you either love it or you hate it. In general, its interface is easy-to-use, it has content on a broad variety of news topics, and it gets its information from mostly-reliable sources. However, there are those who have complained that the website has an intentional bias, not only in its content, but in the types of editorials that are published comments that are allowed on articles. Others have more generally complained that the Huffington Post is overly intrusive with its advertisements and the information it requires from you in order to set up an account, or that the comment review process is too slow.
Whether or not you decide to use the Huffington Post will largely depend on whether or not you like the tone of its content. If you do, great! If you don't, you can try a major news outlet like CBC, BBC, CBS, NBC, or CNN. You can also try a "conservative" or "right-wing" alternative such as the Drudge Report (the Huffington Post's main rival).