The episode raised an important issue for digital journalism: How much aggregation is too much in an age of snippets, excerpts and sharing? Yahoo, one of Huffington Post's competitors, has weighed in with an analysis of the situation.
Huffington Post, like most online operations, will borrow enough from a piece to convey its general sense. But its editorial standards create a boundary well short of outright echo. That being said, many saw an inconsistency this week in its suspension of the writer.