There's No Such Thing as a Free Massage
Certainly not at the RNC.
4:24 PM, Aug 29, 2012 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
Our friends at the Washington Examiner reported briefly yesterday from the Huffington Post Oasis in Tampa:
It's hard to imagine Republicans like, say, New Jersey governor Chris Christie or former presidential candidate Rick Santorum taking Arianna up on that offer—though yoga is part of the P90X program that has reportedly given Paul Ryan an impressive six-pack. That's not all the Oasis offers, though. As the Examiner's Nikki Schwab tells us, the conservative-turned-liberal Huffington is also "offering attendees free massages, meals, and make-up touch-ups, among other services."
No word on what those "other services" include, but the masseuses are certainly looking for tips: As Jim Romenesko reveals, the same online publication that famously refuses to pay its writers is making its Oasis staff work for free, too. The National Writers Union tipped him off with a press release: "Like its thousands of citizen journalists and bloggers, the massage professionals are unpaid and working for 'exposure.'"
A HuffPost rep defended the use of unpaid labor to New York magazine, saying "that the health team on hand at the Oasis are actually volunteers from the yoga-evangelizing nonprofit Off the Mat and Into the World, and that HuffPo has made a contribution to the cause. And yes, they do accept tips."