Bloggers building media empire

Nobody could have anticipated that Pajamas Media would sucker the rubes and then destroy teh intertubes:

Dear Jeff,

As you know, last September Pajamas Media began a new initiative in Internet television called Pajamas TV. When we started with our RNC coverage from Minneapolis, we noted that we would be in a Beta Phase through the first quarter of 2009. In the last few months we have strengthened the PJTV lineup with shows covering Media Bias, Education Bias, Middle East Update, Sharia and Jihad, Powerline Report, Ask Dr. Helen, Hugh News, Poliwood, Conservatism 2.0, Economy and Finance, National Security, and others.

As the end of the first quarter approaches and we near the production phase of Pajamas TV, we will continue to build our emphasis in this area. As a result we have decided to wind down the Pajamas Media Blogger and advertising network effective March 31, 2009. The PJM portal and the XPressBlogs will continue as is.

Since our ad relationship continues for the time being, you should note that in order to be paid for the 1st quarter of 2009, you must leave the current Pajamas ads up until 12:01AM April 1. We will be sending you information in mid-March on removing the ads. As of April 1, 2009, you will be free to arrange syndication or re-sale deals.

We thank you very much for participating during the formative years of Pajamas Media and we look forward to working with you in other ways. One of those is, of course, Pajamas TV. If you have any ideas in that regard, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our best wishes in the new year and again our deepest gratitude for your participation in Pajamas Media.

Sincerely,

Roger L. Simon

CEO, Pajamas Media

What this means is that as of April 1, I am officially out of work. So save going to a pay model, this site will likely have to shut down.

Small price to pay for helping PJM pick up an audience and credibility during its “formative years.”

The comments are like a Sam Shepard play where the repressed loathing and petty jealousies bubble to the surface for our entertainment.

Some personal faves:

I have never sat through one of those InstaTV Dr. Helen PJM blogspots. But I do occasionally watch Drew Carey’s stuff at Reason. My guess is Pajamasmedia is going down. You are just the first waive.

I don’t recall ever watching any of their shows all the way through. Too “Meet The Press”-y for my taste.

Yo, PJM guys: you do know that format was invented in 1947, right?

The problem for pjtv is that all their people have faces made for radio.

One thought consoles him as he wanders, lost and alone in the howling wilderness: Karma is a stone-cold bitch. They’ll get theirs, the bastards.

Awesome.