I just logged in quickly to my Times Union blog this afternoon to check for blog comments that needed approving, and was absolutely appalled and dismayed to discover that my page was filled with scrolling advertisements for a particular political candidate, top banner, right block, the whole shooting match.
Regardless of whether or not I intend to vote for this particular candidate, I want no part of unintentionally being put in a position of supporting any political candidacy, while I’m providing content in an unpaid capacity to the Times Union.
(For the record, I’m registered in the primary this candidate is contesting, so please understand that this isn’t me having a meltdown about seeing advertisements for an opposing political position on my blog. But the candidate’s campaign certainly didn’t help its cause with me, because I despise pushy and inappropriately-placed political advertisements, and the candidates who allow them to occur. I do not offer this as advice or endorsement to anyone reading this post. Make your own decisions, please).
I am the Executive Director of a nonprofit corporation that works under contract to a State-funded University, need you be reminded, and I do not wish, even indirectly, to be perceived as personally violating the Legislative and Political Activities Tests that my organization itself must pass. I will not allow my personal blog to be used as a political platform. For anyone.
No, I’m not a chump, and I understood that when I signed up to be a Times Union blogger, I accepted media exposure and promotion, at the expense of having advertising associated with my writing, often for commercial organizations that I do not personally support, or favor, or even like.
But this is the first time I’ve ever seen a paid political advertisement here, and I am hopping, fuming, boiling mad about it. Business is business, but politics is personal.
I consider this to be an unethical advertising placement, Times Union advertising department, that turns my willfully apolitical and centrist blog into a tool of someone’s campaign, and I want no part of that.
So I won’t be posting here again until you remove the offending advertisement, and commit not to putting any further political advertisements on my blog.
So please ignore my blog, regular readers, and any advertisements placed here, until you see another topic showing up in the portal page. There won’t be anything new here from me until then, and I’d prefer you not be exposed to paid political advertising here.