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jamie
jamie writes "According to the conservative political journalism site Daily Caller: "'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.'" Or in some cases, it's the ads themselves: ads at ten times the going rate are one of the ways conservative bloggers apparently get paid by the politicians they write about. In usual he-said she-said fashion, Daily Caller finds a couple of obscure liberal bloggers to mention too, but they fully disclosed payment and one of them even shut down his blog while doing consulting work, unlike Robert Stacy McCain and Dan Riehl."
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SOP for GOP to Pay Friendly Bloggers

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  • If a political party pays a blogger to favorably comment on the party, what are the odds that the blogger's audience is already predisposed toward that party? It might be considered preaching to the choir.

    It would be interesting to determine the political leanings of various bloggers and compare that to what they are receiving from various political parties, both directly and indirectly. It would also be interesting to compare audience size and composition versus payments to determine whether there is a g

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