Brett Tabke of WebmasterWorld has started an interesting thread at the WMW Forums discussing a recent policy shift at PBS regarding the manner in which visitors can access pages linked-to from within Google contextual ads hosted on the domain. He cites a post by John Eggerton at Broadcastingcable.com, who reports that PBS will be adding verbiage onto the existing interim page (seen between the site and the ad destination page) essentially disclaiming any responsibility for the content found on the destination page.
After all, PBS is the king of public content and public subsidized content via tax dollars. Should they have any relationship to advertisers at all? Let alone having to disclaim them?Some valid responses follow, including an opinion which matches mine quite concisely:
I see nothing wrong with them using AdSense or banners to help support their site and their work. I'm all for something that takes a little burden off the Feds and our taxes.
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(I just noticed we just scored a natural hat trick with AdSense topics)