Blog Attack on Steele Decried

A part of this article grabbed my attention:

Other liberal bloggers defended Gilliard and took after Kaine for pulling his ad. Markos Moulitsas, editor of the blog Daily Kos, said that advertisers should expect edgy content and that Kaine’s actions could threaten their editorial independence.

“I don’t want bloggers to be afraid to say things because they don’t want to offend an advertisers,” Moulitsas said.

If bloggers accept advertisers then their content should always be suspect. Not only for what they don’t say to avoid offending their financial base but, also, for what they do say to impress their financial base.

Will the fierce, independent blogger moderate their comments to keep their audience sending them money? who knows? Who cares? It is just appearances.

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  1. Anne says:

    Do you have any suggestions for those bloggers whose traffic is so high that they’d have to stop blogging if they couldn’t find a way to support their costs?

    Or do you advocate that only those who can afford to blog be allowed so to do?

    I don’t consider most blogs that carry advertising as “suspect” with regard to their content. Not today. In another year, or five years…who knows?

  2. When I say ‘suspect’, I mean ‘taken with a grain of salt’. Unless you know the blogger personally, outside the blogosphere, all you know of them is what they write. I try to take all blogs I read with a grain of salt.

    I do know bloggers, personally, who take advertising and donations to support their blogging habits. Some of them are very high traffic sites. I think I would notice if their tone changed, if they became more subdued in their writing and I might call them on it.

    As Anne notes, blogging takes money, especially if you have a high-volume site and some interesting bloggers/commmentators don’t have the wherewithal without support of the community.

    Taking money doesn’t mean you are corrupt, it just means a discriminating reader needs to be discriminating, with or without the money.

    Just because someone doesn’t have advertising on their site doens’t mean they aren’t corrupt. Where does the money come from that maintains this site, and what sort of influence does it have on the owner?

    That said, I recently heard of spam blogs that exist just to get indexed? I don’t know how that works, but I suspect that spam might be a bigger danger to blogs five years down the road than advertising.

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