More than an ‘unpaid blogger’

MORE THAN AN ‘UNPAID BLOGGER’…. Following up on an earlier item, John L. Perry’s role at NewsMax is proving hard to dismiss.

To briefly recap, NewsMax, a right-wing news website, published a piece by Perry, speculating about a military overthrow of the elected leadership of the United States government. His piece encouraged NewsMax readers not to “dismiss” the notion of an American military coup as “unrealistic.”

Earlier today, NewsMax yanked the column from its site, and a representative distanced the outlet from the writer. Perry, a Newsmax spokesperson said, “has no official relationship with Newsmax other than as an unpaid blogger.”

The whole truth is more interesting.

That’s not quite the wording on his Newsmax biography. There, Perry is described as an “award-winning newspaper editor and writer” who “contributes a regular column to Newsmax.com.”

He’s also a former senior editor for the site, working in that role from late 1999 until October 2001.

Perry has written for the site regularly — nearly every single week — since November 1999. Newsmax was founded in 1998.

Just an “unpaid blogger”? I don’t think so.

On a related note, Dave Weigel notes that NewsMax is sponsored in part by the Republican National Committee.

Given the RNC’s financial support of WorldNetDaily, this isn’t a huge shock, though it does point to the motley crew the Republican National Committee is willing to work with in order to connect with the right-wing base.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.