Jonathan Tasini is a freelancer that is suing The Huffington Post for not paying bloggers. You may remember that The Huffington Post was acquired by AOL for $315 million. It turns out that Tasini has a blog of his own where he invites people to contribute without pay also.
Tasini’s blog is called Working Life and it was launched in 2004 as a “community of people who want to discuss, share ideas and exchange information and stories about work, the economy and labor.” Although Tasini does not have any ads on his website, his About page offers instructions on how to buy ad space.
Gawker decided to call him out on not paying for writers either. Gawker started out by asking if he has ever sold any ads. Below is an excerpt from Gawker’s blog post about the interview:
“It hasn’t had any ads in several years, but there were a couple unions that did buy some advertising,” he said. “They wanted to support the work I was doing.” So how much of that did he kick back to commenters and readers whose e-mails he ran? “There was never a thought that we would do that,” he said. “Oh, I see what you’re doing. Are you comparing my little blog to the Huffington Post? That’s absurd.”