Monday, March 4, 2013

Will Blog For Money

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.

One bark on “Will Blog For Money

  1. Of course you’re using the wrong model. Just look at Breitbart, and at Red State. Blogging in the service of Reichwingnuttery can be highly profitable. It doesn’t do much for one’s health, but it seems to be quite good for the pocketbook.

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