Seven years after its launch, The Huffington Post has won the highest honor in journalism. Arianna Huffington discussed this achievement, the war in Afghanistan and the impact of the economy on the 2012 election during her Wednesday appearance on the Current TV program "Viewpoint With Eliot Spitzer."
In discussing her Website's first Pulitzer win, Huffington praised "Beyond the Battlefield," correspondent David Wood's 10-part series on wounded veterans -- particularly its use of video, infographics and reader participation.
"It was basically a demonstration that you can do good journalism on any platform, which is what we've been saying for a long time," Huffington said.
Spitzer then pointed out that winning the Pulitzer discredited critics' claims that The Huffington Post was simply an aggregator of content, rather than an original creator of important stories.
"As you know, sometimes it takes a while for the narrative to catch up with reality," Huffington said. "And so this is really a great moment because it demonstrates what we have actually been doing for everybody."
Huffington also talked about Afghanistan, and how she believes it is a "moral obligation" for the war to be discussed as a campaign issue.
"I'm not a pacifist, I believe there are times when we have to fight wars, but unnecessary wars are really immoral. Especially when you focus on the incredible sacrifice beyond the battlefield," Huffington said. "And the fact that this issue is really not at all part of the campaign is also tragic."
The economy is another issue key to the race for the presidency, Huffington noted, particularly the fact that the Americans are not feeling the "recovery" touted by Wall Street and the Obama administration.
"We still have incredibly high unemployment. We still have millions of homes that are foreclosed and millions more under water. People are not feeling in any way that we are over this terrible financial crisis. And that, in the end, is the greatest vulnerability for the president," Huffington said.
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