There is certainly a lot of criticism floating around about Pajamas Media; personally, I see the business model and execution as sufficient and obvious areas where I'd take different approaches than Pajamas' leadership.
But there are now some pretty outrageous charges being floated (and echoed) concerning the notion that they are some kind of Washington-funded CIA disinformation campaign.
I hate charges like this, because they are irrefutable, reputation-destroying charges aimed at removing people from legitimate dialog, and no one involved in Pajamas deserves that.
Now Tony Pierce is an O.G. blogger here in Los Angeles, and while I read his blog a lot when I was starting out - which was an interesting mix of fantasy concerning his love life and cold fact concerning work, money, and life in L.A.
But now he's joined Joseph Mailiander and Juan Cole - who raised similar, more scurrilous (because more dangerous), charges against the ITM brothers in claiming that Pajamas might, just might be on the government payroll.
Now as far as Pajamas is concerned, I was there at the funding, so to speak. And I absolutely didn't see anyone from Washington D.C. in the room; there was no one there but Chernick and his lawyers.
It's certainly conceivable -if you watch too many movies - that a reclusive Los Angeles centimillionaire would be on the CIA payroll. But somehow I think the CIA tends to work through less colorful channels. because it's certainly more likely that a reclusive Los Angeles centimillionaire saw something that has investment possibility, fit into his view of the world, and had the potential to be exciting.
Tony Pierce could have spent 60 seconds with Google and found out who was funding Pajamas and what he was about. I'm not sure if it is a more interesting fantasy to think otherwise, just laziness, or a desire to stir controversy (and traffic).
But let's put a stake through the heart of this silly claim, and go on to discuss serious issues about blogs, the CIA, and the world in general.