The Wrap has the story, and it looks like Arianna’s offer was as much of a surprise to her HuffPo cohorts as it was to delighted New Yorkers.
Arianna’s $250K Bus to Jon Stewart Rally a ‘Shock’ at HuffPo HQ
By Josh Dickey & Sharon Waxman
Published: October 10, 2010 @ 12:44 pm
Arianna Huffington’s surprise gift to Jon Stewart — a convoy of shuttle buses to his “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington — was an even bigger surprise to the folks at the Huffington Post.
And the cost of the grand gesture — an estimated $250,000 for 100 buses for thousands of New Yorkers — is making some of Huffington Post’s finance executives wince, according to insiders.
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Huffington confirmed to TheWrap that she made the sudden decision during her Sept. 28 visit to “The Daily Show.”
“Jon and I were talking in the green room about the rally. I said, ‘Oh my God, how are those people going to get there?’ On the air I decided to make that offer, it was spontaneous, and nobody knew. My people were in the green room with me, and even they had no clue.”
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Very impressive. Even though I won’t need to take advantage of this convoy, my hat’s off to Ms. Huffington for making the offer. I’m sure the HuffPo contingent will be an impressive presence at the rallies.