"[Liberal groups] come to us, expecting us to give them free publicity, and we do, but it's not a two way street. . . .They won’t do anything in return. They're not advertising with us. They’re not offering fellowships. They’re not doing anything to help financially, and people are growing increasingly resentful."But, Jane, dear: I thought you were in it for The Cause? You don't mean to tell me that you expected to get paid to promote the progressive agenda? Those liberal groups are non-profits and, I guess, so are you.
Being a greedy capitalist blogger, at least I don't have apologize about telling you people to hit the tip jar. Unlike poor little rich girl Jane Hamsher, I'm a working writer trying to support a wife and six kids here, so you only have to pay me what you think this stuff is worth. And for 99% of you, that's a big fat zero. OK, thank God for the 1%.
What Hamsher and the other progressive bloggers complain about, of course, is true on the Right, too. A conservative 501(c) outfit would much rather hire a 26-year-old dweeb with a master's degree in political science as a policy analyst -- figuring total cost of annual salary and benefits, at say, $80,000 -- than to give $4,000 a year in online grants to 20 right-leaning blogs. Exactly why that's true, I don't know, since $4,000 annually would buy a lot of linky-love, but it is true.
Hamsher & Co. are just squeaky wheels hoping for some grease, and if they succeed with their guilt-trip shakedown operation it will be one of the sweetest scams of all time. Their pretense of altruistic idealism is certainly exposed as a fraud. They're just a bunch of self-interested hustlers. NTTAWWT.
UPDATE: Jane says right-wingers don't understand business. Right. She's whining for pity ads from non-profits, and we don't understand business.