Received this comment -- one of many recently -- about the Examiner columns of David Codrea and Kurt Hoffman that I post links to:
Once again I slipped up and clicked on the link before I realized that it was another EXAMINER web site. Codrea needs to get a PAYING JOB so we won't be hammered by ADVERTISING every time there is something to read. I don't mind the Subway sandwich ad but the video & audio and popups just get in the way. When a pop-up covers up what I am trying to read I just LOSE IT.
Oh, you POOR babies. As it happens David Codrea HAS a paying job, and it pays damn badly too. He is an Examiner columnist -- and not because he likes the Examiner system. I can say from all the trouble he and others have had with those anal sphincters who run it that I have picked up second-hand over the years that they screw their columnists and make it all but impossible to put out a good product over the objections of their internal censors. David could be making a good income in the private sector doing any number of jobs, so why does he (and others) put up with the bullshit and poor pay? He does it because that's the ONLY way to get the stories out. And what stories he has broken and sustained over the years when no one else would pick them up! Fast and Furious, of course, but what about the Reese's? Ask the Reeses if they think their story was worth a pop-up or two. I could go on and on.
And you poor babies, knowing that sharing an Examiner link is the only way to support such quality work, WON'T EVEN GO THERE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT ENCOUNTER A POP-UP. Oh, woe is you.
GET THIS STRAIGHT. I know about all the problems of the Examiner system for both the writers and the readers and if I put up a link it is because I believe it is important. You want to know why our side has been consistently pushed back in this fight? Because some of us are experts at finding excuses to do nothing. even down to the painless task of sharing a link to support important advocates like Codrea and Hofmann.
"OMG! It's a POP-UP!"