Comments on: Pierre Omidyar and the bottomless optimism of billionaire publishers Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 By: Benny27 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:52:10 +0000 @BenMC,
You besmirch George Carlin’s good name by employing him against a cause he would certainly support. To be Clear, Carlin would hate the money grubbing owners of society like bloomberg and the koch brothers, and would applaud Snowden/Greenwald/Scahill/Poitras.

That much is clear. And yes, there is a difference between a billionaire who wants to buy or run media in ordere to lobby for tehir financial interests, and a guy like omidyar who has demonstrated a commitment to transparency organizations and investigative journalism. Your bias is showing

By: ptiffany Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:28:21 +0000 This is another glimpse into the real world of the Plutocrats. We saw some of that with Mittzi Romney:
● “I like firing people? Don’t you?”
● “Solving the student loan crisis is easy. They should just borrow from their parents.”
● “Corporations are people too…”
● “I hate Obamacare (Americare) even if it is entirely based on Romneycare.”
● “I can’t give you an accounting of the more than $200 million I have more than $200 million in ‘carried interest’ assets in tax-free foreign bank accounts. It’s all legal [to us Plutocrats]”
● 47% of the people in this country are takers, slackers and losers who are bribed by the Obama Administration, but actually mostly Republicans! So much for the “safety net” that he couldn’t care less about.
● “I know a lot about football. Several of my friends are team owners.” (Bushlike)
● “I support GM. My wife owns two Caddies.”

Joe the Plumber eats this up, commiserating on the proposal to increase the top income tax bracket (that most Plutocrats avoid paying by expensing their lifestyles in personal corporations) by 3.%, a 0.1% total impact and never made more than $50K/year in his lifetime and owed a couple of years in back taxes. These Pee-Ons really can be utterly stupid as well as incredibly gullible.

Senilator John McCain says that the threshhold for the middle class is five million – no distinction on whether this is annual income or net worth.


By: 2Borknot2B Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:13:50 +0000 Just a fantastic post. Jack you are so awesome!

By: MossyMorse1118 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:07:46 +0000 An enjoyable piece of writing.
Add to the list of plutocratic publishers — the late Dorothy Schiff of the New York Post and Marshall Field III of PM.

By: satori23 Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:49:45 +0000 Any new outlet that manages to adopt and follow some very basic editorial guidelines can take the world by the storm.

By: smartnic Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:50:22 +0000 Add former Freeman edtor Sheldon Richman, Reason’s Jacob Sullum, and Cnet’s Declan Mccullagh and this venture would be off to bang-up start. Jack Shafer wouldn’t be a bad add, either.

By: Des3Maisons Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:33:36 +0000 “Omidyar’s new venture … won’t fill a vacuum in national security reporting because there is no vacuum.”

If there wasn’t a vacuum in national security reporting why did it take an Edward Snowdon to alert the world that the NSA was completely out of control? Investigative journalism is virtually dead in this country because corporate media is unwilling to pay for it. The more journalists you get rid of the fatter your bottom line is. Plus, we can’t have investigative journalists exposing corporate and political corruption and sleaze.

By: BidnisMan Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:03:15 +0000 Despite all the journalists and the vastness of the world I still struggle to find things insightful and interesting to read. Too many opinion pieces reek of payola or partisan politics.

By: dangood Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:43:10 +0000 Jack Shafer cannot hide his envy (dumpsters of cash, vanity press etc) of those billionaires who are using their money for a good cause. For him only the main street disinfomration press has a right to express itself on behalf of the little people. What do billionaires know about the plight of little people, right Jack?

By: BenMC Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:52:14 +0000 Bloomberg is not parallel with the rest of your names of “billionaires who made their money elsewhere.” He made is money in the media, founding and growing Bloomberg media over 30 years. I know you know that.

I guess I should not be surprised that when conservative wealthy media outsiders–such as the Koch brothers– are connected to actual or possible media acquisitions the mainstream media sound the alarm that they have malevolent aims. But when Omidyar weighs in with clearly a point of view as signaled with his initial hire, he is celebrated. Either ideology-motivated owners are desired–or they are not. This reminds me of the old line about point of view that I think came from George Carlin: Karl Marx had a beard (said with a menacing tone), while Gabby Hayes (a side kick to 1950s cowboy star Roy Rogers) had whiskers (said with a soothing tone).