When the hunters become the hunted

There is nothing I enjoy more than when the left turn on each other but this latest story is even more delicious because it is an example of the hunter becoming the hunted. ThinkProgress is a website that likes to target people it doesn’t agree with by going after their advertisers and their payment platforms. Now ad networks are ironically targeting Think Progress because of their content. The best bit about this is that it is not the right retaliating against the website. It is the left attacking them for having content that talks about the right!

Here is a recent example of a ThinkProgress article where they are going after the payment platform Stripe for the crime of providing a service to the very successful but “controversial”  company of Milo Yiannopoulos.

On Monday, the BBC ran a feature on John Collison, the “youngest self-made billionaire” in the world. The 27-year-old, along with his brother, founded a company called Stripe in 2011, which would help companies and individuals process payments online.

The current valuation for Stripe, based out of San Francisco, runs over $9 billion, with Collison now estimated to be worth $1.1 billion himself.

And it would appear that some of those funds come from helping disgraced provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos make money.

Earlier this month, following ThinkProgress’s reporting, Yiannopoulos parted ways with Shopify, a Canadian company that had prior provided Yiannopoulos with a means of monetizing the latest white nationalist memes […]

Note how they are taking credit for costing Milo access to Shopify.

On Monday, however, Yiannopoulos launched “Dangerous,” which he claimed would be “the leading destination for media from the New Right.” […] the “Dangerous Boutique” store that went live alongside it remains online — as is Yiannopoulos’s apparent partnership with Stripe.

[…] Stripe’s involvement with Yiannopoulos’s new store – which remains one of his sole sources of revenue, following his recent fallout with hedge fund manager Robert Mercer – becomes clear when users try to purchase any items from Yiannopoulos’s store.

Here they are signalling that he has only one source of revenue left so if Stripe can be turned against him he will be silenced.

ThinkProgress’s questions to Stripe went unanswered, and it remains unclear if Stripe is aware that Yiannopoulos is using their service to make money and build his brand. Nonetheless, Yiannopoulos has not hidden his mutually beneficial relationship with Stripe.

Stripe is a payment platform. Of course, they are aware that their customers use them to make money! Why would he hide his relationship? There is nothing sinister or illegal or immoral about their business relationship.

Now to the ironic part. ThinkProgress has money problems and need their readers’ help….


In other words their advocacy journalism that targets the advertisers and business relationships of those they disagree with has backfired on them as people who think exactly like them in the ad business are mistakenly targeting them for “controversial political content.” Oh dear, how sad, never mind. It is not so much fun on the receiving end of the rifle is it?



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