We’ve had fun at Hot Air cranking out shamnesty ads all week in response to Mickey Kaus’s call for citizen vids. You can find links to the rest here.
The open borders Wall Street Journal thinks there are some nefarious dark forces behind the little video spots Bryan I collaborated on in our home offices–and behind the videos produced by other independent bloggers (hat tip: See-Dubya):
Hot Air Network’s Web ad, viewable at left, urged “conservatives fed up with Republican scheming on this bill, [to] do something about it. If you gave to the party in the past year, you can demand your money back. Call the Republican National Committee today and demand a full refund. If you gave to any senator or congressman in the past year, call their office and demand a full refund.” Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.
Who “sponsors” our ads? What the —-? Did the reporter get her training at Media Matters?
No Wall Street Journal reporter bothered to e-mail us. If they had, the facts would have gotten in the way of their tinfoil-rattling. Sorry to disappoint you, but no one “sponsored” our videos. I’m sure Kaus will find out if any of the other grass-roots YouTube ads his call inspired were “sponsored” by some Invisible, Deep-Pocketed Special Interest.
Is it so hard for the WSJ to get its head around the concept of independent videoblogging and an Army of Video-Editing Davids? Or at least to e-mail video producers to ask them directly before embarrassing themselves?
Allah has some fun with the clue-challenged Carnevale too:
Just in time for this week, we did deploy an advanced new weapon that the crack reporting staff at the WSJ might want to look into, if they’re of a mind to actually ask questions of those of us involved. I’m not going to give them the plans or any access to my new battle station, but I’ll divulge its code name. I call it the Gateway. It’s fresh from our super-shadowy digital guerrilla gear pipeline known only as “Tiger Direct.”Clearly Rupert Murdoch is going to have a big job cleaning out the drones at the Journal. The readers who commented on the article at the WSJ site think it can't be soon enough.