By Joel Johannesen,
PTBC World Headquarters
I’m writing this because people asked what happened to all of PTBC’s many professional columnists.
Along with the brilliant writing of yours truly, PTBC used to feature many American and Canadian columnists whose articles were posted here on a permanent, weekly (or more often) basis, with their express, personal permission, of course, and sometimes even bolstered by a contract involving actual money. Not taxpayer money, mind you — my own after tax, leftover, saved, capitalist-style money. This is not the CBC or any other failed socialist project.
For example I bought John Stossel’s column, and Dennis Prager’s. I also posted Ann Coulter’s column here, on contract (i.e. I paid her!), for over ten years. I like to take every opportunity like this to add that PTBC was the only Canadian media ever to do so. Yeah, I wear that as a badge of honor, liberals, just as you would if you managed to secure Paul Krugman for your dopey left-wing site. Or for you NDP fans, Fidel Castro. I acknowledge Castro is an extreme example, whereas Coulter is a mainstream conservative, makes sense, and loves freedom and America. Potato, Cadillac.
When I started the America-centric BoldColors.net, I shifted Coulter’s column and most other American columnists to that venue. But ultimately, to save time, and mostly money, I stopped posting all those columnists’ columns, at both sites, in early 2013.
Time is money, and it was taking a lot of my valuable time to post columns and defend myself from left-wing morons and cancel-culture SJWs and such. Money is also money, and it takes a lot of my money to do this stuff. Money is also money, and it takes a lot of my money to do this stuff. The site’s ad revenue and donor contributions are money, but it’s not enough to justify all the expensive columnists, and all the other work, and the risk, legal and otherwise.
It is especially discouraging when left-wing zealots and left-wing groups like the state owned, taxpayer-funded CBC, constantly threaten to sue me to kingdom come (yes, the CBC really did do that, with legal papers delivered to my home – via courier rather than Canada Post, hilariously).
Quite frankly, the sites’ viewership numbers were not affected much by the dearth of the outside columnists. The site(s) always did and still do make more than the CBC does, meaning they don’t lose more than the $1.5 BILLION per year the CBC loses. I get no government welfare of any kind to round out the losses, like the state-owned CBC does in order to compete against me, so it certainly feels like more than a $1.5 BILLION loss to me. I also don’t get that newspaper sponsorship cash that Justin Trudeau promised his media pals.
Am I bitter? No. I bitterly note that the money-losing, government-protected CBC has tons of cash, but I have my conscience!
I have recently posted an article or two by outside columnists. I might do more. I might not. Depends on the time and revenue flow. Hint.