AOL Buys Huffington Post, Newspapers Look for Consolidation

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The five-year old website, the Huffington Post, has been bought by the Internet veteran AOL for a price of $315 million. Arianna Huffington will control all AOL's Internet content.  Will the reporting be original? Will the writers be paid? Will AOL reflect Huffington's left-of-center point of view? Is it all about quality news coverage or a bigger audience? We talk with Huffington and others, and hear about the fate of Southern California newspapers in the age of the Internet.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Tahrir Square filled with protesters again today. We look at the role of the Internet in the ongoing challenge to Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak.

Banner image: The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington poses with AOL at the Maxim Party Powered by Motorola Xoom at Centennial Hall at Fair Park on February 5, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AOL

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