Ah the leery old head of cynicism rears its ugly head again, then again your probably right since he was laying it on rather thick (in an almost tired and emotional way don't you think!).
Thinking about it he should just get as much ad sponsorship as he can and to hell with the ethics or giving users a nice clean interface. That way he can hopefully keep knocking out his excellent drivers. I wouldn't notice anyway since with my ad blocking software I wouldn't see them anyway!
I read a more self-pitying, maudlin load of nonsense in my life. There are plenty of people on their uppers, but few of them go on the web and expect others to bail them out of a situation that (in his case) is probably largely self-inflicted.