From a recent interview with Arianna Huffington:
You were a panelist two years ago at The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual convention. What do you think about the state of alternative newsweeklies?
I love what alternative newsweeklies are doing and I would like for [Huffington Post] to be more of a place where they can cross content so it can be available to a wider audience because there's such great work being done.
Translation: Pay reporters to create content for your paper. Then post it on my site for free so I can get more ad revenue and negate the need for anyone to visit your website or pick up your print paper.