Huffington Post Terminates Whistleblower

Jun 21, 2006, 01:00 ET from Peter Rost

    SHORT HILLS, N.J., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianna Huffington's online
 newspaper, the Huffington Post, yesterday terminated former Pfizer Vice
 President Peter Rost's access to the site after he wrote an investigative
 article about an anonymous heckler who had been stalking his blog. The
 heckler turned out to be Huffington Post's own technology manager. Dr.
 Peter Rost's new blog can be found on http://peterrost.blogspot.com.
     Peter Rost, M.D., became well known in 2004 when he emerged as the
 first drug company executive to speak out in favor of reimportation of
 drugs. His fight for lower priced drugs was covered by radio and television
 broadcasts, among them "60 Minutes." Dr. Rost was terminated from Pfizer
 and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Pfizer, Inc., on December
 12, 2005, case no. 05-CV-10384.
     In the article which caused HuffPo to suspend Dr. Rost he wrote, "In
 order for the Huffington Post to maintain its credibility, the site needs
 to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest or rigged rankings."
     The Huffington Post shut down access to this blog post; later in the
 day allowed the post to be viewed again, and then terminated Dr. Rost's
 access to the site. The full article can be viewed here:
 http://peterrost.blogspot.com/2006/06/troll-inside-huffington-post.html
     The Huffington Post wrote in a letter to Dr. Rost, "You have not been
 'fired' but rather asked to refrain from posting as our editorial staff
 felt that your recent blogs were not in line with the mission of our site."
 HuffPo added, "This was not an Arianna call. Ultimately, the decision was
 an editorial one -- not one person to be held responsible -- really."
     Dr. Rost comments: "I was terminated without any investigation of the
 statements in my blog post, all of which were referenced using independent
 sources. I presented facts and made no allegations. Arianna Huffington's
 newspaper decided to shut down the whistleblower and proved that her online
 magazine is no more ethical than the people and organizations she
 criticizes on a daily basis."
     Contact: Peter Rost, M.D.
               973 273 4668
     This press release distributed by PRWEB (www.prwebdirect.com), a
 service of eMediaWire.
 
 

SOURCE Peter Rost
    SHORT HILLS, N.J., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianna Huffington's online
 newspaper, the Huffington Post, yesterday terminated former Pfizer Vice
 President Peter Rost's access to the site after he wrote an investigative
 article about an anonymous heckler who had been stalking his blog. The
 heckler turned out to be Huffington Post's own technology manager. Dr.
 Peter Rost's new blog can be found on http://peterrost.blogspot.com.
     Peter Rost, M.D., became well known in 2004 when he emerged as the
 first drug company executive to speak out in favor of reimportation of
 drugs. His fight for lower priced drugs was covered by radio and television
 broadcasts, among them "60 Minutes." Dr. Rost was terminated from Pfizer
 and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Pfizer, Inc., on December
 12, 2005, case no. 05-CV-10384.
     In the article which caused HuffPo to suspend Dr. Rost he wrote, "In
 order for the Huffington Post to maintain its credibility, the site needs
 to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest or rigged rankings."
     The Huffington Post shut down access to this blog post; later in the
 day allowed the post to be viewed again, and then terminated Dr. Rost's
 access to the site. The full article can be viewed here:
 http://peterrost.blogspot.com/2006/06/troll-inside-huffington-post.html
     The Huffington Post wrote in a letter to Dr. Rost, "You have not been
 'fired' but rather asked to refrain from posting as our editorial staff
 felt that your recent blogs were not in line with the mission of our site."
 HuffPo added, "This was not an Arianna call. Ultimately, the decision was
 an editorial one -- not one person to be held responsible -- really."
     Dr. Rost comments: "I was terminated without any investigation of the
 statements in my blog post, all of which were referenced using independent
 sources. I presented facts and made no allegations. Arianna Huffington's
 newspaper decided to shut down the whistleblower and proved that her online
 magazine is no more ethical than the people and organizations she
 criticizes on a daily basis."
     Contact: Peter Rost, M.D.
               973 273 4668
     This press release distributed by PRWEB (www.prwebdirect.com), a
 service of eMediaWire.
 
 SOURCE Peter Rost