Bayshore Tea Party co-founder Barbara Gonzalez sent an email to her members this morning accusing MoreMonmouthMusings of basing its coverage of the LD 13 primary based upon who advertises on this site. Gonzalez posted an identical message on two Tea Party facebook groups and then blocked from MMM publisher Art Gallagher from the conversation after he responded.
What Gonzalez falled to mention, is that MMM offered her candidates, through Gonzalez personally and through Leigh-Ann Bellew, the same advertising rates offered to the Monmouth County GOP candidates who advertise here. Bellew said she wanted advertise here, but has yet to do so. MMM welcomes all advertisers of legal products, services or campaigns.
Our political editorial content is never influenced by who advertises on this site. We do give commercial advertisers editorial plugs. We do not disparage commercial advertisers’ competitors.
Controversy drives traffic to this site, and exposure to our advertisers. From time to time, controversy also results in pressure on advertisers to pull their ads. A current advertiser has pulled their ads in the past and then come back. The ads work. Most recently, MMM lost an advertiser over the Christian Peter stories which were looked upon unfavorably by the establishment GOP. MMM will take those lumps rather than alter our content and commentary.
Gonzalez also alleged that MMM censors comments favorable to her candidates. That is not so. Gonzalez says she has proof of the censorship. Another Tea Party leader, Helene Henkel, requested to submit screenshots of the censored posts on MMM. Gallagher asked that she email them to him. She has not done so.