On Thursday, Politico announced that Huffington Post would be taking its readers on a voyage of discovery to strange, uncharted lands. Like Vasco De Gama venturing out into new territories, Huffington Post will be packing a few of its staffers onto a leaky bus and taking them on a cross-country, seven-week tour through dark, mysterious “Middle America.” The cost: $1 million.

Yes, really:

Starting in September, a traveling party of rotating HuffPost staff members led by editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen will visit more than 20 cities, eschewing the coasts for the likes of Fort Wayne, Ind., Oxford, Miss., and Odessa, Texas. At each city, the site will host events, roll out planned stories with local media outlets, send out reporters to write about the communities and collect stories from residents “in their own words.”…. “This would be identity defining for HuffPost,” said Polgreen in an interview. “We are in a moment for [determining] our own identity and the role we play in the overall news ecosystem and what the next iteration of that looks like. And this felt like a great way to go out and … report out the story of who we should be in the world.”

Don’t worry, gang. The Leftist media isn’t out of touch.