Gotta Read

I’ll write more on this later. This article says what I’ve been saying for more than two years, so it’s clear the author is brilliant.

Tentacles of Rage: The Republican propaganda mill.

More later, but look at the kind of money offered to people to become shills for the Right!

It was at Kristol’s suggestion that I met a number of the fund-raising people associated with the conservative program of political correctness, among them Michael Joyce, executive director in the late seventies of the Olin Foundation. We once traveled together on a plane returning to New York from a conference that Joyce had organized for a college in Michigan, and somewhere over eastern Ohio he asked whether I might want to edit a new journal of cultural opinion meant to rebut and confound the ravings of The New York Review of Books. The proposition wasn’t one in which I was interested, but the terms of the offer an annual salary of $200,000, to be paid for life even in the event of my resignation or early retirement—spoke to the seriousness of the rightist intent to corner and control the national market in ideas.

$200,000 a year for life, even if you resign! Remember that Bill Bennett was gambling away MILLIONS in Las Vegas. Brock says he got book advances in this range as well. And, though he doesn’t put a date on this, it implies it was the early 80’s.

Now before you ALL go running off to find Scaife to ask for jobs making up stories that turn war heros into girlie-men, … Oh, never mind, I’m just going to try to get there first. I just told my wife that number – for life even if he resigns – and she has decided we are on the wrong side.

That’s how it works. These people aren’t just paid… and using the term “well-paid” isn’t sufficient. But at least now you know WHY they just lie.