I guess most of the self-professed progressives are just corporate whores at heart after all.
Here are some of their complaints they gave in an interview with Sargent.
Jane Hamsher of Fire Dog Lake (While I don't agree with her politics, Hamsher is actually a pretty good writer. I have often wondered why she wastes her time blogging and not writing political commentary for a big name media outlet.)
“They come to us, expecting us to give them free publicity, and we do, but it’s not a two way street,” Jane Hamsher, the founder of FiredogLake, said in an interview. “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.”Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos,
“Most want the easy way — having a big blogger promote their agenda,” adds Markos Moulitsas, the founder of DailyKos. “Then they turn around and spend $50K for a one-page ad in the New York Times or whatever.” Moulitsas adds that officials at such groups often do nothing to engage the sites’s audiences by, say, writing posts, instead wanting the bloggers to do everything for them.John Avarosis of Americablog,
“We don’t invest in the future, and Republicans do,” says John Aravosis, the founder of AMERICAblog. “The party committees really get that we can be effective as their partners and that we’re happy to help, and they take advantage of that. But even so, very little ad money comes from them. It’s more than just wanting to share in the spoils. We are small business-people who are fighting to survive economically in a really bad year.”John Amato of Crooks and Liars,
Adds John Amato, the founder of Crooks and Liars: “These groups actually believe that we should promote their stuff for free. Do they not understand that we need funds to sustain our viability?
First off, it would be advantageous to remind our Far-Left comrades that no one owes you $hit. If Left wing bloggers are willing to supplicate these groups without considering their own need for capital to remain solvent, why should the groups in question take time to give it any thought?
My second point is numbers. Each of the above mentioned blogs might aggregate a few thousand hits per day, possibly tens of thousands. This proportionately is a very small amount of the population of this country. It is in the best interest of Progressive activists to pay publications, like the New York Times for example, to disseminate their message. They will reach a much larger target audience than any of these blogs could ever hope to.
Also, most of the readers of these particular blogs are already committed to their political stances, there is nothing to change. The only thing these blogs provide is a format for generating talking points, big deal. Organizations such as think tanks or activist groups are looking for new blood, not people they already have.
Another point overlooked by our left leaning comrades, they are not the paragons of enlightened thought as they might view themselves. I understand they might start believing their own BS after awhile, but, in the big picture only a small fraction of the world might care about what their opinion is on matters. The same rule applies to us here, although our numbers are substantially smaller.(Thanks Mom and Dad!) Why would anyone with any modicum of sanity pay someone for blind arrogance?
Finally, our little gimme somethin' for nothin' band of narcissists needs to be reminded of a very important fact. Anyone, left or right, depending on blogging to generate a sustainable income or looks at it as a "small business" needs to have their head examined. My suggestion, get a day job, they come highly recommended.
(H/T to memeorandum)