FourFourtwo is owned by AOL, which also owns the Washington Post.
It’s the same publisher that owns the Huffington Post.
But, it’s not.
Instead, it is owned entirely by AOL’s media subsidiary, The Huffington Post Publishing.
This is a significant change, and a key difference between FourFour, a publication that is in some ways like a modern-day version of The New York Times, and The Huffington, a site that is more like The Washington Post than like the Huffington itself.
As with all things FourFour and its ilk, the biggest difference is that it is the Huffington’s version.
You might remember that in 2012, FourFour published a piece titled “The EPA’s latest climate lie: ‘Climate change is happening.'”
FourFour’s editor-in-chief at the time, Andrew O’Brien, wrote that while the article had been published on the Huffington, the Huffington had been “rejected” for an article on the topic.
(The Huffington eventually agreed to publish it.)
In other words, the decision was made by the Huffington to reject the Huffington for the purpose of excluding the Huffington from a piece about climate change that would be published by FourFour.
So why did the Huffington refuse?
One of FourFours chief financial officer, Alex Blumenfeld, said that because FourFour was an online publication and didn’t have a print outlet.
(We’re not sure why Blumenfield was the chief financial, but we can presume that it was because he was the one who made the decision to go to print.)
In a statement, Blumenstein said: The Huffington is not a publisher, and thus we are not allowed to publish our article.
FourFour doesn’t appear to have been published by the HuffPost, either.
We received an email from the Huffington and did not hear back from them.
That’s because the Huffington is an entirely different publisher from FourFour that has no affiliation with the Huffington.
But it doesn’t stop there.
FourFive, the group that owns FourFour—which is owned primarily by AOL—is also owned by The Huffington.
So it’s no surprise that, according to the Huffington blog, it refused to publish the article because it was “not acceptable to publish on FourFour.”
The Huffington’s decision to deny FourFour the chance to be published on FourFive has created a backlash among some conservatives, who have called it a “climate denial tactic.”
It’s not clear whether this backlash will be limited to the alt-right, who are already using the hashtag #StopTheHuffPost and a petition asking FourFive to publish their article has gathered over 150,000 signatures.
In any case, FourFive did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.