During the last eight years, if a conservative blogger dared say anything in support of Bush or Congressional Republicans, we were accused of being shills, being paid to say/write what we said/wrote. Which explains why so many conservative bloggers are retired and living on their own private islands.
Turns out that was mere projection by the left:
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.
It’s a development that’s creating tensions on the left and raises questions about the future role of the blogosphere at a time when a Dem is in the White House and liberalism could be headed for a period of sustained ascendancy.
A number of these top bloggers agreed to come on record with me after privately arguing to these groups that they deserved a share in the ad wealth and couldn’t be taken for granted any longer.
“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.”
In other words, they’re kissing Obama’s ass as much as a human being possibly can, yet they’re not even getting so much as a moist towelette to wipe themselves off with. And then they have the gall to go public and complain about it! Talk about prostituting yourself.
So now we know what makes these left-wing blogs tick: money. They’ll say and do anything you want them to say, all you have to do is meet their price.
The liberal blogosphere is just now discovering something we conservative bloggers learned years ago: when your party is in power, you’ll get very little, if any, support from said party. They don’t need to sign you up or convert you over to their side, you’re already a member of the team (whether you wanted to be or not). Why would they pay you to write about issue “X” if it’s something you’d most likely write about for free, anyway? Only an idiot would do that. They don’t call it “free publicity” for nothing, you know.
You know what’s REALLY ironic here? It’s taken their party getting into power for liberal bloggers to realize that having said liberals in charge hurts their bottom line. Go figure. Something we knew eight, ten, twenty, or thirty years ago, they just now get. lol
(cross-posted on Liberty Pundit)