April 8, 2009
HMM: Big Liberal Bloggers Tee Off On Progressive Groups For Not Sharing Ad Wealth. “Some of the leading liberal bloggers are privately furious with the major progressive groups — and in some cases, the Democratic Party committees — for failing to spend money advertising on their sites, even as these groups constantly ask the bloggers for free assistance in driving their message. . . . ‘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.’ . . . ‘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.’”
Plus, from John Aravosis: “We are small business-people who are fighting to survive economically in a really bad year.” If only the Democrats cared about people like that!
UPDATE: Jane Hamsher: White House May be Dictating, But We’re Not Stenographers. Well, not for free, anyway!