Before a post was even written this week, Tom M. from Philadelphia congratulated me on moving to The Post and suggested I rename the blog Think Blanked to accommodate all “brilliant <eyeroll> ideas that come from think tanks.”
Others were impressed by the real-world relevance of the New America Foundation, a think tank, in the “Internet in a suitcase” story.
Some appreciated the potential for better global health thanks to innovative techniques and methods of delivery for improved eyesight.
One reader took to Twitter to call for a priest to “exorcise the silliness out of WaPo for pimping the Bland Corporation — an Asshat Sanctuary if I ever smelled one.” Turns out to be a former nine-year Rand Corp. employee, who says that by the time she left she “was medicated to deal with it.”
But by far the most popular post of the week in terms of traffic, comments and Twitter activity is the post I wrote about the Heritage Foundation paying Rush Limbaugh $2 million a year and Sean Hannity $1.3 million a year for sponsorships — ones where it’s not clear where content ends and ads begin.
The first very commentor had this to say:
Wow, radio shows do ADS?! Scandal! What do the banner ads on the Washington Post website and all those ads in the print paper get for THEIR money? Why, they get a wide audience for their products or services, huh? Holy crap! How big is this thing?
It’s the biggest conspiracy the Washington Post has broken since Watergate!
But other readers caught on to the difference between ads and sponsorships.
The distinction here is that it is not AT ALL APPARENT when the radio host is being paid to say something, or when he is saying it based on his own bloated, ignorant opinion.