In all honesty, I don't see any validation of your original objection as the cost per episode still remains the same. ;)
True, since Ben switched from Kickstarter to direct funding, he's gathered ~ $100k in just over a week. Personally, I think that amount is very good in a short period of time. Abandoning Kickstarter was a wise idea. In fact, Ben should have sought direct funding from the beginning as he's well-known among certain groups. If Ben had directly funded his "Truth in Media" project from the beginning, he'd likely be far beyond the currently pledged $250k in donations since many potential donors don't want to register with Kickstarter just to donate to Ben.
I think the current cost is still ~ $12k per episode even without Kickstarter. ;)
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