Daly blasts HuffPo SF’s choice of bloggers

Arianna wants San Francisco politicos to blog for HuffPo

In an open letter to Huffington Post former Sup. Chris Daly lays out why he thinks former Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier, mayoral candidate Joanna Rees and (perhaps not so interim) Mayor Ed Lee aren't the best of choices to blog about San Francisco politics.

“Thank you for asking me to write for Huffington Post San Francisco,” Daly wrote. “However, I feel as if I must register a significant level of disappointment in who you rolled out today as your featured bloggers from the world of SF politics. It seems as if am the only one from San Francisco's significant progressive elected political community.”

“Featuring Michela Alioto-Pier on the pages of Huffington Post only gives additional ammunition to those on the left who have become increasingly critical of Huffington Post since AOL's acquisition,” Daly continued. “Alioto-Pier may seem kind of ‘liberal’ by skewed national standards, but she is decidedly conservative in San Francisco-- opposing just about every progressive initiative in the last decade, from protecting rent control to checking reckless development to mitigating the negative influence of special interest money in elections. As an unabashed progressive, I was embarrassed to serve on the same Board as her and am now embarrassed to appear on the same web page with her bashing progressive homeless policy. Simply put, San Francisco's very own Michele Bachmann now writes for the Huffington Post!”

Next, Daly laid into mayoral candidate Joanna Rees, Sup. Malia Cohen and Mayor Lee. “Rees, Cohen, and Lee may not have quite the same conservative credentials, but Lee and Cohen just green-lighted the largest demolition of rent controlled housing in SF history," Daly observed. "So it probably shouldn't surprise anyone that Ed Lee's initial HuffPo blog is generally based on the Scott Walker political philosophy of blaming unions for current economic/budget woes, when the rest of us know that large corporations, financial institutions, and government deregulators are really to blame. While trying to make public sector workers pay to balance our budget, Lee has left Corporate San Francisco off the hook, with no progressive taxation proposal even on the table for consideration. Meanwhile, Rees can hardly veil her neo-liberal agenda for San Francisco government.”

Daly concluded by suggesting that HuffPo needs to  work harder to incorporate more truly progressive political voices. “If not, you'll just become a rehash of SFGate, without their more significant rooting in our City,” he warns.

But he didn’t overtly mention HuffPo’s failure to pay its bloggers—a sore point that got a bunch of unpaid bloggers slapping HuffPo and aol.com with a $105 million class action suit earlier this year, after Arianna Huffington sold her website to aol.com for $315 million.

Asked if HuffPo was paying him for his posts, Daly replied, “Nope, I can’t recall ever getting paid for my writing.”

He also noted that Board President David Chiu, mayoral candidate and Sup. John Avalos and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have been invited to write for the online publication, though they don’t have any blog posts up yet. So stay tuned. 

In an emailed reply to Daly, HuffPo SF editor Carly Schwartz claimed that she “completely understands” the former bad-boy-on-the-Board's concerns.

“But Huffington Post's mission is to go 'beyond left and right,' and as such, we wanted to reflect a wide array of political philosophies in our blogger lineup. (As someone who identifies as a progressive personally, I was quite pleased to feature you second from the top!),” Schwartz wrote. “You'll notice our national bloggers come from across the spectrum as well -- we have everyone from Howard Dean to Andrew Breitbart. Our goal is to bring the voices of the city to life, whether they be progressive, conservative, controversial, or just middle of the road -- we want to get our residents talking. Which we have successfully done, given your response!”

“You'll also notice we have more featured bloggers to roll out from the political community in the coming days, from Dennis Herrera to John Avalos to David Chiu to Nancy Pelosi...we simply didn't have room for everyone on our launch day,” Schwartz continued (potentially upsetting the mayoral candidate applecart with her decision to feature Daly before folks who are currently in office AND running for office this fall).

“As someone who very much identifies with the progressive community, I would be so thrilled if you could suggest some more progressive political personalities for our page,” Schwartz concluded. Oh, and she suggested that Daly fold his concerns into his next blog post...


I forgot why anyone cares what a member of the public like Chris Daly thinks.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

When was the last time he actually lived in San Fran?. Oh wait he raises his family in a studio in the Tenderloin and just keeps that house in the East Bay for show right? Such a good progressive.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

It's a mutually-parasitic relationship. But outside the progressive echo chamber no one cares. Because Daly's bully boy act no longer matters in the face of a Board of Supervisors where the Supervisors actually GET THINGS DONE.

Posted by Lucretia "Secretia" Snapples on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

Yeah, that says it all.

Still, with Daly and Avalos, seems like they're including some progressive voices. But I still don't know why anyone would want to go to HuffPo to find out about SF politics anyway. There are plenty of better sources.

Posted by Greg on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

It's always embarrassing to watch performers who don't understand that their fifteen minutes are up.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

Your 15 minutes were up a long, long time ago. And yet here you are still posting the same tired repetitive trash over and over and over again.

Posted by Greg on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

"here you are still posting the same tired repetitive trash over and over and over again."

- Greg

Haven't you said this before? Aren't you repeating yourself?

Posted by Arthur Evans on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

yeah....better than Arthur never was

Posted by Guest on Jul. 19, 2011 @ 8:16 am

Better than Arthur Never was

Posted by Max Gutierrez on Jul. 19, 2011 @ 8:18 am

It is sort of sad that Daly seems to think that they wanted him to contribute because of his political 'wisdom'. The truth is that they just wanted some comic relief from a proven clown who is now, thankfully, harmless.

Posted by Homer on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

Daly The Bartender...who still lives in a condo built for low-income San Franciscans (though who owns TWO homes in Fairfield purchased with a Trustafarian check) says...

...what was that again?

Who cares? He's political toast. He's yesterday's breadcrust sitting in the recycle bind ready to be carted off.

Posted by Barton on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

The Huffington post is another out of towner run franchise. The fact they are inviting only elected officials to enhance their name ID says a lot. Their blog roll sucks too!

Posted by Turkey Juan on Jul. 13, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

Thanks, Sarah Phelan, for bringing the Chris Daly kick toy back to us. You've reminded us of all how much we've missed him.

During the past six months, with all the politicians down there at City Hall acting like grown-ups, there have been no villains for uniting the city to stomp on.

No foul-mouthed explosions. No slamming of doors. No stomping out of meetings. No threats to punch people out. No Godzilla imitations.


But your article brings us hope that Chris will again unite the entire city (except for Greg, of course) as its favorite kick toy.

Please encourage Chris to speak out more. We'd love to hear him come roaring into the mayor's race. Can you imagine?

The joy of kick toys!

Posted by Arthur Evans on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 9:18 am

I am soooo not impressed by the anonymous trolls who've seized yet another opportunity to insult Chris Daly. The ex-supervisor may be personally abrasive at times but he possesses more personal integrity than Alioto-Pier, Rees, and Lee combined.

Carly Schwartz' argument for HuffPo's broad editorial swath is pronouncedly disingenuous. There's nothing wrong with having a variety of editorial voices...in theory. But HuffPo apparently is more concerned about generating view traffic than political credibility. Why else would it give space to professional right-wing liar Breitbart?

Alioto-Pier's tenure in SF politics has not exactly been a hallmark of sterling legislative service. Nobody even heard of Rees before she started running for mayor. And for somebody who was supposed to be only a caretaker mayor, Lee certainly is expending a lot of effort being incredibly active. Is there some quid pro quo between these new bloggers and HuffPo that hasn't come to light yet?

Posted by Peter on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 9:19 am

Personal integrity? You must be smoking crack.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

Hooray for Supervisor Donkey Kong!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

There's nothing wrong with a diverse presentation of multiple views "in theory," except when you disagree with them and wish to censor and suppress their points of view?

Not much integrity there...

Posted by sanfrustration on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

Wow, I guess everyone knows who you are..... "Peter"

Posted by Guest on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 10:24 am

A LOT more than you, "Guest."

Posted by Peter on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 11:07 am

In my original post I misspelt Rees' first name. It's Joanna, not Joanne, as Rees' campaign manager Nick Panagopoulos pointed out. My bad.

Posted by sarah on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 11:43 am

Thanks for making the correction

Posted by Nick Panagopoulos on Jul. 15, 2011 @ 11:30 am

If you rearrange the letters in Chris Daly's name it spells: "Shut up you has-been, nobody's listening to you - fortunately! - anymore." Nothing is sadder than a has-been politicians who doesn't realize his shelf-life has expired and keeps on pontificating.

Posted by Mart Martin on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

No one cares, you cyst on the butt of "previous" public employees.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

The Village Idiot speaks again

Posted by Guest on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

Daly moves his own family to Fairfield so that his kids don't have to deal with the blight caused by the "progressives" in San Francisco.

Posted by Scott on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

Hey I'm organizing a huge mob of filthy drunks to descend upon Daly's little tavern on Market Street, drink themselves blind and then relieve themselves on the floor. Anyone game?

Posted by Guest on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

Daly is irrelevant. San Francisco is TIRED of the so-called "Progressives." Chris, nobody cares about you!

Posted by Guest on Jul. 14, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

Dear Sarah,

Please do what you can to get Chris Daly to weigh in on the mayoral race. We'd love to hear his views on the different candidates.

Encourage him to come out swinging, no holds barred, going for the jugular. Take careful, detailed notes.

Print the article in The Guardian or, better yet, put up a video on Youtube, hopefully with Chris sporting a grubby beard, fierce-eyed, after getting plastered at his medical-alcohol dispensary on Market St.

Such an article or video would unite the entire city. We would be grateful to you for bringing us all together.

Your devoted fan,


Posted by Arthur Evans on Jul. 15, 2011 @ 9:40 am

Well at least it would be more entertaining and revealing than the "no comment, I can't say anything negative about my opponents because I need second and third place votes to win in SF's instant runoff system" replies we typically get from candidates these days.

Posted by sarah on Jul. 15, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

"Well at least it would be more entertaining and revealing ..."

- Sarah Phelan

Right you are.

Hope you'll convince Chris Daly to get in touch with his inner Godzilla and let him rip.

Lights! Camera! Testosterone!

Posted by Arthur Evans on Jul. 15, 2011 @ 8:32 pm