In 1979, the Dead Kennedys released their first single, the satirical “California Über Alles,” a pointed jab at then-California-governor Jerry Brown, whom the song depicted as a “Zen Fascist” who would soon be sending the “the suede/denim secret police” to arrest “your uncool niece.”
Then Ronald Reagan was elected president and the Dead Kennedys released a new version of the song, this time with Reagan, not Brown, as the focus. The new title: “We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now.”
Today is the start of the fourth quarter 2016 We Hunted the Mammoth pledge drive. It might as well be called the We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now pledge drive, with our particular Bigger Problem even bigger than the one the most vulnerable citizens in the US faced in 1980.
I will do all I can to fight back against Trump and Trumpism, tracking and mocking his supporters on the racist right, providing useful resource packs for anti-Trump activists and more weird propaganda posters for these weird times. And I will continue to write about the oddball misogynists that have been the central focus of this blog since I started it six years ago. In these dire times, this blog needs to do more than it ever has before.
But I can’t do it without your help.
Your support has never been more important to We Hunted the Mammoth as it is today. Please give what you can by clicking the “donate” button below!
Donating, as always. is easy. You don’t need a PayPal account; credit cards are accepted, and there are other options as well. If you’re outside the US, PayPal will automatically convert your non-American money into American bucks.You can also set up recurring payments through PayPal if that’s more convenient to you.
If you have a Trump-supporting relative you’d like to send a message to, consider donating to WHTM in their honor. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer!
Donald Trump’s electoral college victory was not just a victory for him: it was a victory for the right-wing media outlets (Breitbart being the most important one) that encouraged and energized his most fervent (and most hateful) fans. It was a symbiotic relationship — Breitbart helped Trump as much as Trump helped Breitbart.
But it wasn’t Trump that made Breitbart what it is.
It was money. More specifically, it was the $10 million cash infusion, from two unnamed investors, that the wannabe new-media powerhouse took in in 2011. As Matthew Phelan notes in Jacobin,
These investments kept Breitbart News above water for years, operating like an even more opaque version of the dark-money patronage system that propped up its nonprofit allies.
It’s damn near impossible for political publications — of any political persuasion, online or off — to support themselves through subscriptions or ad revenue alone; most rely heavily on donations for their survival. We Hunted the Mammoth is no exception.
Unlike Andrew Breitbart and his successors at the website that bears his name, I don’t know any tech billionaires with five or ten million dollars to spare.
So every penny you donate is crucial.
I don’t need millions for fancy offices or publicity campaigns. I do my work on a temperamental laptop sitting on my living room couch, relying on Facebook and Twitter to publicize my posts. My staff consists of two decidedly unhelpful cats. I’m just hoping to scrape together a living wage from ads and donations so that I can keep this blog going at this crucial time.
Small donations are welcome, as are big ones. I appreciate them all!
Thanks to those who donate during pledge drives. Thanks to those who donate between pledge drives. And thanks to those who donate every month!
If you can’t afford to donate and would like to help this blog in other ways — or if you’re a donor looking to help more — there are many other ways to help that won’t cost you a cent.
Many of you already contribute to this blog in non-monetary ways, from posting smart and funny comments, designing graphics, alerting me to trolls in the comments, and many other things that help make the WHTM community vibrant (and my posts more interesting). I appreciate all the help you all give!
Here are a few other things that will help this blog a lot without costing you anything.
Publicizing the blog, by sharing posts on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and other social media sites. When a post of mine goes viral, traffic here explodes, and many of the new readers stick around.
If we want to counter the effects of media outlets like Breitbart and the assorted “fake news” outlets that swayed the election in Trump’s favor, we need to reach a much bigger audience. Your Facebook shares and Twitter retweets (and Reddit posts, and so on and so on) can help WHTM reach many more people.
Sending me tips. I would like to increase the number of posts I put up every day. But tracking down stories takes time. If you see something — a blog post, a Tweet, a weird Reddit thread — that looks like possible WHTM material, send me an email at dfutrelle at gmail.com.
Turning off Ad Block! The ads, as annoying as they can sometimes be, are necessary to keep the blog going. Other media sites have been turning to annoying popups urging readers to turn off ad blockers; I don’t want to have to resort to that.
If you really can’t stand the ads and must use a blocker, please donate to make up for the loss in ad revenue. (And hey, if you’re donating money to WHTM on a regular basis, consider that a subscription to the blog and go ahead and turn off the ads if you want.)
Also, if you see a sketchy ad here, send me an email about it, including some of the text from the ad (as that makes it possible for me to block it in the future).
Buying stuff on Amazon using my affiliate link, which gives me a little kickback without adding a cent to what you’re paying. (If you don’t see the Amazon affiliate links in the sidebar, that’s because you’ve got an adblocker turned on!)
Thanks again, big thanks, to everyone who supports this blog — in whatever way you support it.