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Daily Kos: Brought to You By… Chevron?

This is the top of the website Daily Kos on the night of January 24, 2008:

Daily Kos Features Top Advertising By Chevron.  What Gives?

The link takes you to a website on which Chevron, the huge oil conglomerate corporation, features tinkly piano music along with public relations dreck about how its environmental record really isn’t that bad. But of course it is. And of course Markos Moulitsas, the fellow who runs Daily Kos as a limited liability corporation, can do whatever he wants to with his website. But why? Why is he doing it? Daily Kos is a huuuge website with gigantic traffic that can choose its advertisers carefully and still get loads of money rolling in. Why give the choicest advertising spot to Chevron corporate public relations hacks?

This is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know. What gives?

1 comment to Daily Kos: Brought to You By… Chevron?

  • Iroquois

    As far as DailyKos and Chevron–when
    Kos says “The advertising purity trolls seem to think that site readers are moron automatons easily manipulated by advertising,” he is completely missing the point. The readers think editors are easily manipulated by advertisers and the income they represent. Kos further states he is adopting the policy of the Nation, which includes the statement: “But we reserve (and exercise) the right to attack them in our editorial columns,” the exact opposite of the Consumer Reports policy of not accepting ANY advertising so as to avoid even the appearance of being coopted.

    Have they? Has Kos ever attacked, criticized or otherwise discussed Chevron, or for that matter any other oil company, in an editorial column?

    First Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama with their advice to Walmart, then Obama invoking Reagan. Now Kos. Democratic is the new Republican.

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