The new editor-in-chief of the renamed HuffPost says she's positioning the site in the spirit of the best of tabloid journalism.
"The great tabloids were always driven by a sense of outrage, you know a sense of righteous indignation...and had this sensibility of, like, there are people out there that are trying to screw you—and we’re going expose them for it," Lydia Polgreen told BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith for the podcast Newsfeed with @BuzzFeedBen. "The tabloid is fundamentally an emotional form of journalism."
Polgreen left a meteoric career at the New York Times to take over the Huffington Post from its founding editor, Arianna Huffington, earlier this year. Huffington left her with a giant digital footprint but a political identity that had lost its edge since emerging as a voice of the American left after the 2004 election and a pillar of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for president. Now, Polgreen said, she's steering directly into the populist moment, and aiming to write not about, but for, people who feel "screwed" by the existing power structure.