In one of the funniest developments of the current political season, WRKO, home of Tom ‘n’ Todd, Howie Carr, and other talk radio blabbermouths, is holding a contest it’s calling “The Next Great Political Blogger.” It’s pretty simple: you submit a writing sample; they pick the 10 best samples (5 liberal, 5 conservative), and then listeners vote for the best in each category. The winners then get a one-year appointment as a political blogger on WRKO.com!
Hilariously, the totally unbiased and non-partisan team of judges consists of Tom “the most conservative Democrat ever elected” Finneran, Todd “GOP partisan hack” Feinburg, Charley “GOP consultant” Manning, and Howie “no explanation required” Carr. Amazing.
Also amusing is the fine print, which among other things spells out the details of the “one year appointment”:
employee will be paid $9.61 cents per hour (less required tax withholdings) and shall in no event work more than 2 hours per day, 5 days per week, Monday through Friday
Well, nobody ever said blogging would make you rich.
duties will entail writing one daily political-related blog (Monday through Friday only) to be posted daily on WRKO.com (but WRKO will not be obligated to post all such blogs)
I wonder if the same totally unbiased and non-partisan team of judges decides which blogs get posted and which don’t?
Anyway, this sounded like so much fun that we’re going to host our own political blogging contest! Our totally unbiased and non-partisan team of judges will consist of Mass Dems chair John Walsh, Patrick campaign consultant Doug Rubin, Patrick campaign manager Sydney Asbury, and one of your humble BMG editors (to be named later). We haven’t actually asked any of these people to participate, but we’re confident they’ll agree. (Right John? Doug? Sydney? Bueller?)
The rules are basically the same: submit a sample of your writing about politics. Our judges will select the best liberal and conservative entries, and we’ll have BMG readers vote on the final winners.
The grand prize: we’ll front-page the winning blog posts, and we’ll pay each winner $9.61!