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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Liberal Bloggers Pissed at Dems

Writing for a blog or online journal isn’t always fun and it certainly does not pay even the electric bill every single month. Papamoka Straight Talk has been around for three plus years and I have had fun with it and I think improved my writing abilities in the journey. Over the years I have made friends with many of the big blogs but for the most part I have found many new friends in the small personal blogs. In my eyes they are all the same size on the old computer monitor no matter how much traffic they have every single day.

Democrats and the liberal agenda media pushed bloggers like yours truly and others into the limelight in the past two elections when they sought our help to get the message out to the people. Bloggers on the left side of the political spectrum dove in willingly and some of us ended up as guests on many television news magazines because of the pulse and heartbeat of our readers. Daily Kos aka Markos Moulitsas appeared numerous times on MSNBC and so did John Amato of Crooks and Liars. Many of the writers and bloggers went to bat for the Democrats during the campaigns of many Democrats and some might say that we swayed the opinion just far enough for America to elect its first African American President.

You might be saying to yourself right now, “This clown is full of himself” but I ask you to hear me out. I give Karl Rove credit for being a political genius because he is. Only a genius could get an illiterate President elected twice. The genius of Rove was to keep pounding home the same message over and over again. Rove honed the talking points for Bush and every question or thought out of President Bush’s mouth was based on that message. Bush didn’t have an answer for every question but all of the questions were answered with the same message. Tax cuts, Terrorists, and Patriotism.

Bloggers did just that for Obama and many of the Democrats now serving in Washington. Bloggers pounded on the race question repeatedly, bloggers pounded on the war in Iraq being wrong repeatedly, and bloggers pounded on Republican’s relentlessly.

Now the big liberal bloggers are wondering where is their piece of the money pie from all that hard work? Dem’s are not spending money in the bloggosphere? Bloggers are not benefiting from the push that we gave the political movement and they are pissed.

Big Liberal Bloggers Tee Off On Progressive Groups For Not Sharing Ad Wealth

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.

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“Most want the easy way — having a big blogger promote their agenda,” adds Markos Moulitsas, the founder of DailyKos. “Then they turn around and spend $50K for a one-page ad in the New York Times or whatever.” Moulitsas adds that officials at such groups often do nothing to engage the sites’s audiences by, say, writing posts, instead wanting the bloggers to do everything for them.

The behind-the-scenes tensions go to the heart of the role these bloggers have created for themselves in Democratic politics — they’re basically advocates and operatives with big platforms — and their future role, too. They argue that their efforts and fundraising helped drive the Democratic ascendancy. Yet even the Dem party committees are reluctant to advertise with them, raising the question of whether the party will ever be willing to seriously invest long-term in this new media infrastructure.
- The Plum Line

Just to make a point, I have backed the cause of the Democrats and I also back the cause of my brothers and sisters in arms that are bloggers. My biggest advertiser is Google and I love that they do all the work for me lining up advertisers. Sites like the Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars, they are run like a business, and like any business they need to meet a payroll and keep the lights on.

It just doesn’t wash with me that the Democrats begged bloggers to go to bat for them and then cashed their political donation checks where it will never pay off? It’s like tossing a twenty dollar bill at a statue in hopes that it will keep the pigeons away from your new car when you could have bought three car wash coupons with the same cash.

This reminds me, I need to set up a tip jar so Mr. Soros and Mr. Buffet can thank me personally. Or for that matter they could email me and I’d give them the snail mail address.


***My thanks to Crooks and Liars and many other well known liberal blogs for picking up many of the posts here at Papamoka over the years. Gun Toting Liberal, my twin brotha from anotha motha, has his two cents worth on this topic too!

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Blogger sue said...

why do I visit papamoka every day? I love your writing, I love your point of view, I love your love of our Barack Obama! Keep up the good work! Sue

5:17 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Thank you very much Sue. You are the best!

6:47 AM  

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