January 11, 2005
AND THE ANSWER IS NO: Reader Hale Stewart emails:
Have you at any time accepted money from the Bush administration or the Republican Party to promote their policies?
No, other than some Republican blogads, which I don't think count -- and anyway, I think I've run more blogads for lefty groups and Soros outfits. I think he's taking his cue from Oliver Willis here. And speaking of Oliver and Soros, where does Media Matters get its money from, again?
UPDATE: Reader Dart Montgomery emails: "You might want to point that blogads ‘don’t count’ because they by their very nature are fully disclosed to your readers." Yes. And on Media Matters I should note that Duncan Black emailed me a while back to claim that it's not Soros-funded as many have reported. But he didn't reply when I asked him where the money did come from. Does anybody know?
ANOTHER UPDATE: Oliver Willis emails that the money for Media Matters comes from "progressive donors," but not George Soros, and says that I should disclose my link to James Glassman's TechCentralStation. Er, like with the link that says "My TCS Columns" over there at the top right, Oliver?
Sean Doherty, however, has more on Media Matters funding and says that in fact it was set up with Soros money, but calls the funding situation murky. It's okay with me either way -- it's not like there's much doubt where Media Matters is coming from, really, so the rest is just details, and I'm already on record as to the pointlessness of too much nitpicking in that regard. Oliver's gradual transformation into Hesiod, on the other hand, does trouble me.
MORE: David Hardy emails: "I, for one, demand that you disclose your economic and/or emotional connections to any producers of films about murderous satanic lesbians."
Full disclosure: The blogad currently residing at the upper right was not purchased for cash.
FINALLY: A deal's a deal, Ace.