Conservative Blogger Bolts AOL Because of HuffPo Merger

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Feb. 8 2011 1:08 PM

Conservative Blogger Bolts AOL Because of HuffPo Merger

Matt Lewis leaves his bridges nice and burned with this post, his farewell to AOL's Politics Daily site. It's about to be subsumed into the HuffPo borg. He's not pleased.

[I]t occurs to me that AOL has vastly underestimated the public perception (I would argue the accurate impression) that Huffington is a far-left liberal.

Obviously, I am more than happy to write for a mainstream news outlet where differing opinions are allowed to flourish, but I am less comfortable with the notion of being permanently affiliated with an overtly left-of-center (sometimes activist) outlet.

As a conservative (albeit, an admittedly iconoclastic one), it is vital that I maintain the freedom to call them like I see them.

Other conservatives or libertarians might make a different call, and I would not disparage them for doing so.

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Lewis is one of PD's more omnipresent TV guests, I think for the reason that he's conservative but generally unpredictable.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.