Paying To Stop Negative Coverage On MyDD?

The whole Astrologer Jerome/Ko$ola scandal is just the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving. Today, over at MyDD, a frustrated Chris Bowers lashed out at Democrats and progressives in general for not supporting the liberal netroots. Here’s a quote about how netroots are treated on the left that gives you an idea of the flavor of the piece:

“Oh, you left politics and now you actually have money? Well, then give us that money to help our campaigns and be quiet. You found a way to make a living running a blog independent on our organizations? Great–now we’ll tell you what to write on that blog so that it helps our campaigns.”

So Bowers was blowing off a little steam after a tough week of getting grilled over Jerome Armstrong’s foibles. So what’s the big deal? Well, near the end of the post, Bowers said this:

“Find some way to support bloggers, or stop asking us to support you. I have been working on the problem of getting more money to bloggers for over a year now. The biggest obstacle I see to it is that progressive donors and progressive organizations are worried that if they fund bloggers, bloggers will eventually say something “crazy,” and the organizations and donors in question will end up looking bad. Fine. If that is their rationale, I can live with that. However, don’t then go and tell bloggers that they should stop criticizing Democrats and progressive orgs whenever Dems and progressive orgs do something stupid. If you think we are useful, but generally too unstable to deserve regular funding, don’t expect us to be quiet when Democrats and progressive organizations do things that make us mad. Don’t think you can keep us in relative poverty because you don’t like some of the things we say, but also think that we should shut up when we don’t like what you say or do.”

Two things. First off, you know what this sentence tells you?

“The biggest obstacle I see to it is that progressive donors and progressive organizations are worried that if they fund bloggers, bloggers will eventually say something “crazy,” and the organizations and donors in question will end up looking bad.”

That behind-the-scenes the “progressive donors and progressive organizations” understand the nature of the left-side of the blogosphere a lot better than people might think.

Second thing, doesn’t Bowers seem to openly be asking to be paid off when he says:

“If you think we are useful, but generally too unstable to deserve regular funding, don’t expect us to be quiet when Democrats and progressive organizations do things that make us mad. Don’t think you can keep us in relative poverty because you don’t like some of the things we say, but also think that we should shut up when we don’t like what you say or do.”

Isn’t he plainly saying that if he is paid off on a regular basis, he’s willing to stay quiet when he disagrees with the people paying him, but that he won’t hold his tongue if they won’t give him “protection” money? Doesn’t that sound like an open invitation for people to give MyDD cash to make sure nothing negative is written about them on that blog?

It sure looks that way, doesn’t it?

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