Originally posted here, but still every bit as relevant. Money is always relevant, sadly.
This post is about speech and money. The famous lefty philanthropist George Soros has donated Media Matters of America a million clams! As Atrios points out, why shouldn't Soros do that? After all, the wingnut blogs have accused him of funding everything on the "left" for years.
Mr. Soros is not funding this blog. I even wrote him an e-mail when I
first got started as a Divine Blogger and asked for a donation. Never
got an answer.
That is not important (except for me),
but it's indicative of what is going on in political blogging on the
left/middle and on the right. The right pays people to speak and to
write, and they pay very well indeed, and usually this payment comes
from the pockets of a few billionaires who fund the various think-tanks
(and most so-called conservative grass root movements, too). If you are
an anti-feminist you will make big bucks writing your creed (Christine
Hoff-Sommers, say) at one of those philanthropic think-tanks, but if you
are a feminist you are left to the market forces, poor thing.
think about that! The conservatives always adore the market forces but
they don't let those buffet their magazines, newspapers or blogs. The
funding of those has nothing to do with market forces.
liberals and progressives often talk about the problems with markets
but they let their magazines and blogs struggle in those cold waters of
capitalism without much help. This split is not complete. But it
exists, and the irony is painfully clear to me, especially because there
are pretty good economic reasons why advocacy sites will never be a
good candidate for market funding.
What it ultimately
means is that the people on the right are moneyed and the rest of us
must write with a honeyed tongue to get any donations at all. (See how I
got that title into the post?) More importantly, it means that the
right easily out-writes everyone else in volume.