I wrote a couple of album reviews a few years ago for Blogcritics.com
, about a month after I stopped contributing to the Seattle Times. Blogcritics is a take-your-chances aggregate of a bunch of unpaid writers, a few of whom were pretty good, and a lot of whom were fairly tired-sounding or pre-opinionated; i.e. "Music of today is crap and all the stuff put out today is worthless and with those tenets in mind I'm now going to review this new electronic album." (I don't know where I fell in the spectrum because I'm terrible at self-assessment, except for never taking that latter position in print.)
The point being, about a month after I wrote a review of the Black Keys' "El Camino" album I discovered it was showing up on the Seattle P-I's website. The P-I was running material from Blogcritics. I don't assume they picked and chose which articles to run with. I would imagine with their skeletal crew they didn't have a checks-and-balances system for farmed content, and I doubted Blogcritics would either.
So literally everyone who wrote a reasoned opinion or a gaseous blubbering tirade for Blogcritics was also writing for the P-I, de facto. That's the business model for mainstream journalism. Content's like oil or polyethylene: It's just expected to be there in indiscriminate mass quantities and the P-I just needs to be the placemat.