That infamous website the Tea Party News Network is in the midst of a crisis. Today, a huge group of staffers resigned in protest over the company’s “despicable practices.”
TPNN is one of the biggest and most highly engaged conservative websites today, with nearly 12 million unique visitors each month and over 1.2 million followers in their Facebook page. But a significant portion of its staff and even it followers are upset with a recent decline in the quality of the site’s content.
The resignation came soon after the publication of a Daily Beast exposé about the news outlet, which has seen incredible traffic numbers coupled with what its readers perceive as a decline in the quality of content, sometimes with little connection to tea party issues. (One recent headline: “Big Strutting Peacock Picks A Fight With The Wrong Guy.”)
The exposé also shone light on some of their business practices, such as the fact that the Tea Party News Network’s Facebook page regularly posted content from different websites, such as “Fights.buzz, which shows street altercations of the type that are banned from YouTube.” The sites are all owned by TPNN’s owner, Todd Cefaratti, and are all for-profit, while TPNN itself is a non-profit site.
The disgruntled staff sent a resignation letter to their superiors telling then they have had enough.
“Unfortunately the ‘coalition’ of companies and groups you collectively run has not been operating with the honor that people should be able to respect.”
Below is a screenshot of the letter in its entirety:
Even Joe the Plumber is fed up with the site:
“I won’t click on those damn stories. It’s about the shock factor. It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with clicks. How far are they willing to go to compromise their integrity? It makes me sick, it makes me angry. It makes me want to go kick someone’s ass.”