Paid to blog: Josh Trevino’s MR26,300 a month
Josh Trevino who has admitted being a paid propagandist for the Malaysian government and Umno, was a darling of Umno bloggers such as Rockybru and Barking Magpie, none of whom revealed the Malaysian connection when republishing his anti-Anwar Ibrahim articles with great acclaim.
Do they also, like Trevino, get paid to blog? Many people have raised this question.
In a filing with the US government in January, Trevino has admitted receiving RM1.2mil for writing articles and leading a propaganda campaign against Anwar Ibrahim. He reported receiving a total of US$161,100 (almost MR500,000) for 19 months’ blogging at the little-known websites MalaysianMatters.com and MalaysiaWatcher.com — that works out to an average of US$8,500 a month (MR26,300).
He also received US228,000 for eight months of blogging — and placing articles in mainstream US publications such as the online newspaper Huffington Post and the rightwing Washington Times and others.
The two blogs that he supposedly wrote for, MalaysianMatters.com and MalaysiaWatcher.com, have since disappeared.
In May 2008, he also was paid for a trip to Kuala Lumpur to attend the third International Conference on the Muslim World and the West.