My Response To The Daily Caller’s Payola Allegations
May as well tell the whole story around this weak BS from the Daily Caller as regards me. Yeah, I guess I kinda did set them up a bit. But I got pissed when I heard Strong was insinuating my name into a payola story without having contacted me. So, I figured, what the hell. Maybe they have a personal venetta, as I led the fight against their silly RNC strip club story. Hmm.
True stories of bloggers who secretly feed on partisan cash
Dan Riehl, who writes the Riehl World View blog, is one of Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele’s most vocal defenders in the conservative blogosphere. When The Daily Caller reported the RNC spent $1,946 at a bondage-themed nightclub featuring topless women dancers imitating lesbian sex acts, Riehl blasted the piece as a “pathetically weak story tailored to play to the Left and create problems for the GOP.”
“Riehl World View” readers might be interested to know that Riehl is not simply a blogger, but also a paid consultant to the RNC. In an interview, Riehl said he was paid an amount in the “hundreds of dollars” for writing a strategy document on how the RNC could better reach out to bloggers. Riehl said his motivation for defending Steele was to aid the Republican Party, and that he didn’t disclose his consulting work because, “I didn’t see it as having anything to do with my views.”
“I never made enough money to be bought,” he said.
Riehl has made it a goal to mobilize conservative benefactors and organizers to establish a funding infrastructure mimicking what the liberal “netroots” created during the Bush years. “They did it the smart way,” Riehl says.
I don't have an LLC, btw. Why Strong asked other people that question, but did not ask me when I called his offices, forcing him to talk to me when I did, I've no idea. I heard he wasn't too thrilled about that, btw.
It was not a secret that the RNC paid me a few hundred bucks for a document.
I devoted hours and hours of my own time over a period of months trying to coordinate an effort involving many top bloggers and the RNC to improve communications and legal, legitimate cooperation in a partisan sense. I stress that, as it was the RNC that made me aware of certain FEC restrictions, which we were careful to not violate. That's why money wasn't involved. I made phone calls, took meetings, paid Metro and lunch costs, all out of my own pocket because I am dedicated to improving the blogosphere in an ethical manner – as well as winning politically for Republicans at the ballot box. I won't name which top bloggers were involved, but there are many that could vouch for these facts if they wanted to. If they want to stay out of it, that's fine, too.
If I had done it as a consultant, I'd likely have charged in the tens of thousands of dollars. I didn't. When all was said and done, the RNC asked me to write up a concise document based on the knowledge that was discovered from the process. It's called knowledge transfer, actually. I promptly disclosed to all involved bloggers that I had a chance to make a few hundred bucks for doing that, and only that – and I was taking it, if there were no objections. If they had any objections, none were conveyed to me at the time. So, see, it never really was a secret. It was so insignificant, especially in light of the many, many hours of non-paid, volunteer work I had done in the effort, it never even occurred to me to disclose it on my blog. It was simply insignificant as compared to the larger non-paid effort.
As a consultant, I would have billed a few thousand dollars for the document. DC consultants are notoriously over-paid. Instead, I charged a few hundred, mostly it was as a token of appreciation, really. And guess what, the Daily Caller's silly strip club story killed all that work. The RNC pulled in on itself, staff changes were made – and, so far as I know, the document I did designed to help the blogosphere and RNC relationship as a whole, simply got shelved. And, by the way, the out of pocket expenses some struggling bloggers paid on their own for calls, or a meeting, that all went down the drain, too.
Heckuva job, Tucker, heckuva job, you clueless idiot. And now everyone knows why I was so pissed and fought back so hard at the time. It never was about Steele, money and, or for, me, it was about helping all struggling, unpaid, Indie blogs and bloggers, each and everyone.
Now, here is my question for the Daily Caller. If I'm lucky, I made 10 – 12 grand as a blogger last year after walking away from a six figure career to help build new media and work to take the country back for conservatism. I have to pay taxes on that. I have to worry about how I'm going to pay my rent every month and pay my health care out of pocket these days. On the other hand, Tucker Carlson took millions, gave himself a nice office in DC and does little good partisan journalism for us, while using his editorial page mainly to push an anti-Cap and Trade effort. And that, while attacking the RNC and now a conservative blogger - to bolster DC's rep as a serious media outlet, when I'm not sure it is, perhaps?
Based on multiple sources, Left and Right, there are some very interesting story lines floating around behind the scenes at the Daily Caller. The way new media works, and Carlson knows nothing about that, or much else, imo, we get to ask questions both ways. I've already started to ask some and have gotten some interesting answers.
But, before I proceed, I'd like to know why Carlson is spending millions to attack his alleged own side, instead of doing much of anything serious to help it, as I have done on my own time and dime for years.
Pardon me if I don't wait for a response and get back to the real work of taking America back, instead of whatever game the hood ornament at the Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson, or so I hear, is playing with himself at the Daily Caller these days. I guess they needed a face that looked good on MSNBC, even if he doesn't have a freaking clue about anything substantive, let alone new activist media on the Right-side of the blogopshere.
Straighten your bow-tie, jerk. You look like a fool to me from here.