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Media Bistro wondered if AOL is “scapegoating” Patricia Chui, the recently-fired Moviefone editor.

Chui e-mailed AOL’s Moviefone freelancers this week  to say that “many” of Moviefone’s freelancers would be fired, but were “invited” to blog for free.

She later e-mailed to say that “we have not been asking freelancers (i.e., any of you) to become unpaid bloggers.”

Eric Snider, who published Chui’s e-mail, tweeted that if Chui “miscommunicated,” it’s Huffington Post/AOL’s fault for giving her “misinformation.”  He also tweeted that he wouldn’t have posted the e-mail had he known “AOL was going to fire Patricia for TELLING US WHAT THEY TOLD HER TO TELL US.”

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iMediaEThics wrote last month when Chui defended Moviefone’s e-mail asking Tech Crunch to “tone down” a movie review.

Moviefone is owned by AOL, which is now part of HuffPost’s media management..


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