Blasting Demand Media is to be expected from the mainstream media.
Demand Media’s biggest weakness might not be its reliance on Google for much of its profit (both through search traffic and ad revenue). It’s that the mainstream media will never give it any love.
These articles focus mostly on Demand Media’s eHow web site. They make some fair points about the business model and the quality of content, which often times is lacking in quality.
But all articles by the mainstream media blasting Demand Media need to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, the authors have a grudge against the company. They feel that its model (including paying authors about $15 an article) threatens their livelihood.
So while there may be some holes in the company’s business model, don’t expect to get unbiased coverage from the media.