Friday, 29 June 2007

In Passing

My bill wuz pwnz0red by teh internets!

Note:  This post represents the worst of internet "inside baseball" stuff.  Readers who are not geeks or obsessive usenet denizens should probably avoid...

Mary Lu Carnevale's post-mortem on the immigration bill at the Wall Street Journal's "Washington Wire" weblog included– and later modified– this rather paranoid (and silly) comment:

Hot Air Network’s Web ad, viewable at left, urged “conservatives fed up with Republican scheming on this bill, [to] do something about it...” Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear. [Note: Original text, later changed. Bolding and preservation by Ace.]
Needless to say, this raising the possibility of some dark conspiracy behind Hot Air's "expensive" production met with much amusement [see the "Important Update"] and derision, including some (worthy of a Tim Blair thread) in the WSJ post's own comment thread.

Well, at least I found them amusing. So knowing that WSJ links tend to disappear, I've preserved the relevant comments below the jump.

Here we go:

HotAir.com is a conservative political commentary website with an emphasis on video blogging. It was started by Michelle Malkin. No one “sponsors” the ads; their crack young staff does this kind of thing for fun.

Full disclosure: I’m one of their occasional guest-bloggers.

Comment bySee-Dubya - June 28, 2007 at 4:58 pm

“Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.”

Wow. Had to check the url there for a sec… thought I was at The Onion’s site!

Please do a bit of research before you write next time.

Comment byCitizen Duck - June 28, 2007 at 5:42 pm

LOL! Who sponsors Hot Air? It’s a mystery cloaked in darkness! Get someone on it immediately, I smell a Pulitzer!

Comment byWisCon - June 28, 2007 at 5:48 pm

I think the main question here is, will we ever really know who’s sponsoring the comments left by See-Dubya, Citizen Duck, and WisCon?

Comment byAdrian - June 28, 2007 at 5:56 pm

I think the main question here is, will we ever really know just who is sponsoring the comments left by See-Dubya, and other similar comments by Citizen Duck and WisCon?

Comment byAdrian - June 28, 2007 at 5:57 pm

“I think the main question here is, will we ever really know who’s sponsoring the comments left by See-Dubya, Citizen Duck, and WisCon?”

Or Adrian. Who’s behind the mysterious comments left by Adrian????

Comment byPRCalDude - June 28, 2007 at 5:57 pm

The WSJ asks, “Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.”

To quote Animal House, “Gee you’re dumb.”

I suppose whoever splurged for the camcorder “funded” these ads.

Comment bypaul zummo - June 28, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Comment bySee-Dubya - June 28, 2007 at 6:03 pm

“Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.”

You can’t be serious. Who’s behind Hot Air? Michelle Malkin, the nationally known syndicated journalist, that’s who. How hard is it to click on the About tab at the site and read that information?

Rather than sounding like a paranoid, why didn’t you just e-mail Michelle and ask.

Oh, and by the way, it costs virtually nothing to produce those videos.

Next time research your subject before writing about it - something the WSJ should have done before supporting the amnesty bill.

Comment bySensible Mom - June 28, 2007 at 6:08 pm

Well, whoever “sponsored” the ads, that budget of about $1.49 must have been hard to come by…

Comment bycirby - June 28, 2007 at 6:16 pm

[cue scary music] “Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.”

Jeez. You’re a reporter, right? Did you ASK HotAir if anyone “sponsors” their ads before you let fly with your insinuations?

Here’s how it works on the intertubes: Anyone with an opinion, Windows Movie Maker on their computer, and a webiste can “stir up hostility” to a bill they don’t like, no sponsorship required. The days when only journalism school graduates could make their views effectively known are over. Sorry.

Comment byChris L. - June 28, 2007 at 6:30 pm

“Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear”

LOL that ‘ad’ cost less to make then the beer they cracked open after they finished it. Long Live the New Media

Comment bySuze - June 28, 2007 at 6:32 pm

I’m not a highly educated journalist, but, my guess is that, if you go to Hot Air and look at the top/right side of the webpage (where their banner ads are), you’d have a hint as to who is bankrolling these ‘million dollar’ ads.

Seriously though. Sponsors to pay for web hosting aside, the strength of those ads is their message, not their high-priced glossiness. I could bankroll a couple of those ads with what I make in an hour and still have money left over for my usual Asian salad at McDonalds for lunch.

Comment byJadeNYU - June 28, 2007 at 6:33 pm

I think this suspense calls for a dramatic chipmunk:
http://junkyardblog.net/archives/2007/06/vrwc-memo-senat.php

Comment byPRCalDude - June 28, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Mary Lu,
Not to take anything away from Hot Air and Michelle Malkin, but damn, my kids can make YouTube videos like this with zero budget and my DVD recorder. What color is the sky on your planet when you are suggesting that someone is bankrolling these videos?

You guys are dinosaurs and the comet is coming.

Comment byNSC - June 28, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Some clever person should start selling YouTube ads to the WSJ at $10,000 a pop.

Comment byV the K - June 28, 2007 at 6:40 pm

“An earlier version of this post said it wasn’t clear who produced the Hot Air ads.”

I know someone at Hot Air who would probably spill the beans for an iPhone. [Hot Air's "Allahpundit" has been whining for an iPhone in a running gag that's been going on for the last few weeks. -o.g.]

Comment byRedWinged Blackbird - June 28, 2007 at 6:49 pm

“Oh, noz! my bill wuz pwnz0red by teh internets!”

Fact-checking and research - two more jobs real Americans won’t do.

Comment byDavid Ross - June 28, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Mary Lu,
These videos have such high production values, I’m sure there must be a conspiracy.

There’s no way normal,everyday Americans could think of doing this on their own.

(shhhh, perhaps they hired a few illegal immigrants to do the work no American can do…)

Comment byTJ's Anti-Contrarian Blog - June 28, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Oh, noz! my bill wuz pwnz0red by teh internets!”
Comment by David Ross - June 28, 2007 at 6:49 pm

ROFLMAO For that post you just won the Internet

Comment byAnonymous - June 28, 2007 at 7:04 pm

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