Raj: Howard, wait. Why don’t you use this instead of the PVC to keep the transverse filter assembly in place?
Howard: Because this is not a spare part from the space station. This is the thing from the pizza box that keeps the lid from touching the cheese.
Raj: That what that’s for? In India, the lid just touches the cheese. Of course, we also have rampant poverty and periodic outbreaks of cholera, so a little cardboard in our cheese is no biggie.
The Big Bang Theory, The Classified Materials Turbulence 2009
Yesterday I talked about how the left had left opening for the right over the decades that have allowed people like Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox news drive right through, I also spoke about the irony of Charles Johnson’s attack on Robert Stacy McCain starting me on the path to the following plan
60 donors x Giving $20 x 12 Months = My Paycheck
Granted this has only worked for two weeks so far but after looking at a twitter debate I’ve seen online yesterday and thinking about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.
Certain products like (shameless plug alert) the Jerkstopper that anchors your laptop cable to an unused port so it doesn’t get “jerked” out of your laptop and break the power pin work because it fills a need hitherto untouched. The same works with media. The unwillingness of the MSM to cover important stories as Powerline noted yesterday gives bloggers the ability to be the primer pushers of stories.
Consider the Daily Caller and Senator Menendez, Matthew Boyle has been on this case as the MSM totally ignored the story in favor of Marco Rubio drinking water. Last night it actually reached the point where CNN led it’s 8PM with a laughable report trying to discredit the story concerning underage hookers while acknowledging corruption under the “everybody does it” meme.
Yet even this coverage in the MSM doesn’t happen without conservative bloggers continuing to push this story over and over again.
And that’s just one example, Think about Robert Stacy McCain on Bret Kimberlin and Lee Stranahan on Steubenville. You know these stories because they bothered to tell you them and it has cost them.
Now think of the internet as a whole. How many great conservative bloggers are out there getting you stories others have left behind. Robert Stacy McCain who has traveled the country bringing you stories. Dan Riehl who’s site is a plethora of information, The Conservatory & the Minority Report, aggregate sites bringing you great conservative writing from all over the net. The Lonely Conservative reporting from NY, Jimmie Bise, Jeff Dunetz the Yid with Lid, Pam Geller, Bob Belvedere, Jerry Wilson, William Hoge, Lee Stranahan, Stacy Washington, the Chicks on the Right, Sarah Marie Brenner, Zilla, Katy’s Conservative Corner, Doug Ross, Marathon Pundit, Babalu blog and so many more that I simply can’t list without making this a 10,000 word post.
If you look at my field guide of bloggers the list of conservative bloggers driving liberals nuts on a daily basis is simply boundless.
If only we could fund them. The funding device to keep bloggers up and running is the small plastic piece that keeps the cardboard out of the cheese, very obvious once you have it, but someone needs to come up with it first.
I have often quoted Jimmie Bise statement concerning a conservative funding
If conservatives with money would fund places for budding journalists to get their work in front of a decent-sized audience, there would be lots of Bob Novaks, Byron Yorks, Mark Hemingways, Matthew Vadums, and Stacy McCains showing up. Running a web site isn’t the hardest thing in the world to do, but it does take time. There are plenty of folks who could set up and run a site that does original reporting, but they have to have something approaching a credible budget not just to pay for the reporters but also to pay for their own time.
And Stacy McCain:
For the $4 million that the permatanned RINO Charlie Crist collected during that single three-month span of 2009, you could fund eight spiffy little New Media operations for a year (or four such operations for two years). And FEC contribution limits do not apply to people making “investments” in news operations, so that the rich Republicans would not be restricted in their generosity toward New Media, as they are toward political candidates.Soros has figured this out. Rich Republicans have not.
We’ve talked about this for a while and I’ve spoken to bloggers concerning several such idea but the problem has always been access to the type of donors that Karl Rove takes for granted for the seed money and of course there is the issue of being dependent on one or two big donors to keep things going.
and that brings us to my plan built upon the plan I’m using for myself only more dramatic:
6000 people x $20 x 12 months = An Army of Conservative Davids
My personal 60 x $20 x 12 months works out to an annual paycheck of $14,400 multiply that times 100 and suddenly you have a budget of 1.4 million dollars.
What can you fund with $1.4 Mil? Consider:
Hobby & Green Bloggers/Activists:
There are plenty of people who blog after work, maybe one post a day or the brand new bloggers just getting started. Their only costs are hosting and maybe the occasional trip. Under the formula above you could fund 400 such people at $1000 annually to cover their hosting, and perhaps a trip to an event.
Part Time & Retired Bloggers:
They might be a housewife or house husband, working part-time. They might cover events within driving distance and state races. Perhaps they go to a national conference or three. You could fund say 100 people $5000 a year to do this.
Full time bloggers:
They will be expected to cover national events in person, flying and traveling, and posting multiple times a day with original reporting and live reports.
Right now nationally we have ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN & FOX. lets say we double those networks 12 people doing this and pay them each $35,000 a year out of which they are expected to cover at least one trip every other month.
Add those numbers up $400,000 + $500,000 + $420,000 = $1,320,000 to fund 512 bloggers. (And that still leaves $120K for overhead)
Think of that a second: 512 bloggers posting daily amplifying the conservative message, pushing conservative candidates on the local state and federal level and best of all cross promoting each other and the causes they are pushing.
And also think of the incentive structure. How many new bloggers might work very hard for the chance to turn that $1000 a year into $5000 or that $5000 a year into a $35,000 annual job (although guys it’s harder work than you think).
And best of all, instead of counting on one or two big donors who might demand certain stories be covered and others not, we would be talking 6000 people all giving a total of $240 a year.
6000 people works out to 120 PER STATE. Surely we can find 120 people in each state who can spare 20 bucks a month to fund this, after all:
How much would the GOP pay for a minimum of 512 stories on the web promoting their cause?
How much would the various conservative think tanks be willing to pay for hundreds of potential promoters of their studies and their finding?
How much would YOU as a conservative be willing to pay to see this happen? Would you pay $20 a month?
And what is the left going to do? Are they going to paint a bunch of middle class folks kicking in $20 a month? Are they going to have a big expose on a guy with a parts store who gives up 2 trips to Wendy’s or Burger king every month?
If 60 people kicking in $20 a
week month to give me a paycheck for a single conservative blog annoys the left, how crazy would over 500 bloggers dogging their candidates and promoting our side do.
I think it’s a worthwhile idea, the problem is can I find 6000 people nationwide who agree?
Update: Stacy McCain notes why the Army of Conservative Davids/Stacy McCains is needed:
Ah, but here comes The Enforcer: Charles Pierce at Esquire attacks Vandehei and Harris from their left flank, signaling that even the mildest media dissent against Dear Leader is unacceptable. Anyone in the D.C. press corps who actually does stray from the fawning pro-Obama herd will be targeted for destruction by MSNBC, by the left blogosphere, by Media Matters and Think Progress.
It’s these enforcer types — Commissars of the People’s Information Bureau, as it were — who make media reform impossible. That’s what Journolist was all about, and you may notice that the Washington Post hasn’t exactly kicked Ezra Klein to the curb.
and at Human Events Newt talks of the innovation the GOP needs
As Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told me, “Commercial radio was a new technology in the early 1930′s and Reagan adapted to it. Talking movies were a new technology in the late 30′s and Reagan adapted to it. Network television was a new technology in the early 1950′s and Reagan adapted to it. If Reagan were alive today, he’d be tweeting.”
This plan, that is innovation.
Update 2: Typo corrected “week” to “Month” in 2nd to last paragraph.
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A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step and the journey to the $300 paycheck this week is taking baby steps as we have moved $10 closer than yesterday. Thus we are still 13 1/4 $20 hits this week away from three hundred but I’m an optimist at heart.
You can fuel that optimism with a click on the button below. After all why send the money to HBO this month when they will just use it to hit conservatives?