Leonard Downie, former executive editor of the Washington Post, ripped news aggregators like the Huffington Post as “parasites living off journalism produced by others,” during a Sept. 22 speech in London called “The New News.”

Aggregators “fill their websites with news, opinion, features, photographs and video they continuously collect—some would say steal” from other news sites and are staffed by mostly unpaid bloggers “who settle for exposure in lieu of money,” said Downie.

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