Huffington Post Terminates Whistleblower

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Arianna Huffington’s online newspaper, the Huffington Post, yesterday terminated former Pfizer Vice President Peter Rost’s 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.

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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.

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.”

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Peter Rost, M.D, 973 273 4668

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