Running Ads From Lunatics
When you blog for a living, deciding whether to allow an advertiser to use your site as a forum to get their message out can be a tough call. Of course, like any capitalist, you want to make as much money as you can. On the other hand, Gawd, some of these people who want to advertise — UGH!
Three times now, I have actually declined advertisers. Out of the three websites I vetoed ad buys from, 2 were racist and 1 was homophobic. There’s just not enough money out there to get me to run that sort of drek.
On the other hand, before today, there were 3 websites I had taken money from and then criticized on RWN. Those advertisers were the United Nations, National Republican Senatorial Committee (for running attack ads against Steve Laffey, Lincoln Chafee’s primary opponent), and a group of RINOs who actually endorsed Kerry called Come Back To The Mainstream.
Well now, after much thought, I’ve decided to run an ad from a bunch of stone cold wackos called the Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
This is an anti-conservative, loon website, with no redeeming virtues whatsoever. In fact, I’ve made fun of kook websites like this in the APOTI section many times before.
Just in case you have any doubt that these people are completely crackpots, here’s an email speculating that the Bush administration might set up an attack on the Super Bowl so they can suspend elections, implement martial law, and start a Fourth Reich.
In another quip from one of their press releases, they “suggest (9/11) may have been orchestrated by elements within the administration to manipulate Americans into supporting policies at home and abroad they would never have condoned absent “another Pearl Harbor.”
My honest opinion is that these people are completely wasting their money advertising on a blog like RWN, doubly so since I’m taking the time to point out that they’re moonbats of the worst sort. Furthermore, it’s ironic that their advertising dollars are going to support a right-winger who thinks they’re nuts, regularly makes fun of sites like theirs, and is strongly behind the Bush administration in the war on terror.
In any case, if you think I shouldn’t have run the ad, I understand. This was a hard call for me, but in the end, I decided to go ahead, run the advertisement and we’ll see how it plays out.