Obviously, I have to switch parties:

Katie Couric once described bloggers as journalists who gnaw at new information “like piranhas in a pool.” But increasingly, many bloggers are also secretly feeding on cash from political campaigns, in a form of partisan payola that erases the line between journalism and paid endorsement.

“It’s standard operating procedure” to pay bloggers for favorable coverage, says one Republican campaign operative. A GOP blogger-for-hire estimates that “at least half the bloggers that are out there” on the Republican side “are getting remuneration in some way beyond ad sales.”

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Comments

  1. #1 Virgil Samms
    August 25, 2010

    You are getting paid by the Democrats – in the form of Social Security, Medicare, a national health plan, etc.

  2. #2 Piccamo
    August 25, 2010

    I should start a blog…

  3. #3 Chris M
    August 25, 2010

    But so are the Republicans, Virgil. Doesn’t seem quite fair. Can we get Republican bloggers to start publically thanking the Democrats for their Social Security payments? You know, since it’s payment for favorable coverage …

  4. #4 Pierce R. Butler
    August 25, 2010

    I’ve never been paid a dime by a Democrat

    Have you looked up the party registration of each and every person who’s ever paid you ten cents or more?

  5. #5 ppb
    August 25, 2010

    Greg,
    If you want to have one of those big money blogs you’re going to be expect to blog from your hospital bed.

  6. #6 Mike Hanson-Haubrich
    August 25, 2010

    Michael Brodkorb, now the deputy chair of the Minnesota Republican Party was handsomely paid as a blogger; it is unclear whether or not he was paid as the “anonymous” blogger of Minnesota Democrats Exposed.

  7. #7 Ian
    August 26, 2010

    @ppb – if I remember correctly, Greg did blog from his hospital bed, a few months ago, when he shattered his knee.

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