I keep getting these spam messages about how to maximize my website to make more money. I keep deleting them. But apparently there is money to be made if you can land a gig with an authoritarian government in Asia.
A range of mainstream American publications printed paid propaganda for the government of Malaysia, much of it focused on the campaign against a pro-democracy figure there.
The payments to conservative American opinion writers — whose work appeared in outlets from the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner to the Washington Times to National Review and RedState — emerged in a filing this week to the Department of Justice. The filing under the Foreign Agent Registration Act outlines a campaign spanning May 2008 to April 2011 and led by Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit, who received $389,724.70 under the contract and paid smaller sums to a series of conservative writers.
Obviously I’m using the wrong business model; the one that says writing your own stuff without taking money from governments under the table is a losing proposition.