Roger L. Simon

Vanity Fact-Checking at Vanity Fair

The following appears in a glowing December 2005 Vanity Fair article on Arianna Huffington entitled “Arianna Calling”:

“As advertisers signed up for space on the HuffPost, and its content was featured by AOL and Yahoo, its audience began to grow–to some 1.5 million site visits in September and climbing. The numbers fell short of the Drudge Report’s three million, but they were enough to give Huffington’s critics–those who regard her as the intellectual equivalent to Paris Hilton–a reason to think again.” [bold mine]

Come again? I don’t have any precise idea of the monthly visitor figures of the Huffington Post, although there is corroboration for VF’s numbers here. But I do know the Drudge Report’s daily and monthly figures because I can read them on Drudge at any time. As of this precise moment they are:

VISITS TO DRUDGE 11/11/05

010,107,464 IN PAST 24 HOURS
264,276,475 IN PAST 31 DAYS
3,549,016,002 IN PAST YEAR

So in other words, that’s closer to two hundred-to-one than the two-to-one that Vanity Fair reports. But why worry? By the time Vanity Fair gets around to correcting it, it will be somewhere in the summer of 2006 and we’ll be reading it at the dentist’s anyway.

[How does the Huff Post compare to Instapundit and Little Green Footballs, single author sites? -ed. Not well.]