Hack-Fraud Chuck C. Johnson Wants His Sources to Pay a Fee for Submitting News Tips

Just when you thought hack-fraud Chuck C. Johnson couldn’t become a greater hack-fraud, he’s gone and totally one-upped himself. In addition to making a career on outing alleged rape victims, and in addition to offering cash rewards to readers who provide him with the names of alleged rape victims, Johnson just launched a new online portal through which tipsters can submit e-scoops.

By itself, not too shocking. But this section of the form is hilariously stupid:

Yes, Chuck Johnson is charging his readers to do his job for him. See, in the legitimate news media, professional writers seek out their own scoops and don’t expect their sources to pay them to provide information. These writers are popularly referred to as “journalists” who engage in “news reporting.”

Now, to be fair, Johnson came up with what appears on the surface to be a valid excuse. It’s not. If Johnson had any clue about how journalism works, and he doesn’t, he’d understand that it’s the job of a journalist to weed out the false claims. You don’t charge 99-cents to prevent false claims, you actually use something called “judgment” to determine what’s real and what’s bullshit. By the way, there will still be bullshit submitted through the portal, and Johnson will keep the fees for the bullshit tips, too.

I’m not sure anyone’s done this before, so it makes sense that Johnson is the trailblazer for such a ridiculous business model. Now, if only he could get his readers to pay him to type up his stories, he could eliminate the last remaining thing that links him with actual writing.

Bob Cesca is the host of the Bob Cesca Show podcast, a twice weekly political talk show. He’s also a contributor to Salon.com. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.