Thursday, April 07, 2005

The Shake Down

For those who don't know, Townhall.Com and the Heritage Foundation are parting ways, and thus Townhall needs a lot of money to stay in business. Or, to put it another way, it's their annual pledge drive. All week they've had various articles exhorting readers to give them money, largely to stick it to those terrible Liberals. Yesterdays article, by Jay Bryant, commented that "Conservatism is always threatened." I wonder if that also applies to liberalism.

Todays article, by Kathleen Parker goes a step further.
If you don’t contribute generously and soon:

Sen. Hillary Clinton will become the first woman president of the United States. Michael Moore will make a documentary about sex on America’s college campuses. He will film it at your daughter’s school. He will try to date your daughter. PETA will paint a red bulls-eye on your front door to indicate that you are a family of carnivores who probably own fur wraps. The Rev. Jesse Jackson will come to your house and pray while trying to hold your hand. Michael Jackson will make frequent visits to your son’s elementary school. The ACLU will merge with the Department of Education.
Pretty scary eh? Well she admits that she's exaggerating (maybe), so you shouldn't worry too much (but you should still give money to Townhall.

But it did get me to thinking. Does this kind of ploy really work? I mean if I painted a picture of how awful society would be without Make me a Commentator would my hits go up? I'm going to think about this some more.

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