The Daily Caller dropped a bomb on the blogosphere Monday, running a story with the quote that “at least half the bloggers that are out there” on the Republican side “are getting remuneration in some way beyond ad sales.”
Where's the list of bloggers getting paid? In your pocket, and you'll show us at some later time? Next to Sen. McCarthy's list of Communists in government?
We know there's a long list of those not getting paid. They noted the article and posted their status.
There's a few who've gotten paid for their expertise. I think Dan Riehl's defense of himself works. He got paid a few hundred dollars after putting in a few hundred hours of work. Not enough to pay a single bar tab, let alone live off.
Not enough to make a difference in his blogging.
I'm of the opinion secretly paying for an agenda doesn't work. At all.
There's too many voices out there. If you're not important enough, your work doesn't really influence anybody. It's not worth the pay you'll might get.
If you are important enough and you've been bought, someone else will make their reputation exposing that. Then you're done. And no amount of money can bring your reputation back.