Wait a second...... the most you pay is 9.95 a month for a shared server which draco is..
If my math is correct the most you paid over 12 years of service is 1432.00 (=9.95*12*12) and if your like me and prepay for a multi-year deal you most likely pay far less that 9.95/month.
But the question remains, if you value "lost clients, lost advertising, lost press, damaging myself to the press" so greatly what are you doing on shared hosting at less than $10.00/month?? If you were paying for a dedicated server, here or elsewhere, THEN and only then would you have a legitimate beef.
Also the problems with draco are NOT NEW, this thread was started on 7/2 and indicates the problem had existed for 24 hours at that point. It's a known fact that this goes on for about 7-10 days when it occurs for a server. Yes I agree Dreamhost needs a better answer, but where have you been the last 5 days that you didn't know this was happening and would be a problem?
Finally, If i had a big media announcement scheduled to hit the news I would open a ticket in advance just to say, "Hey Support, I'm expecting added traffic in XX days due to a media event, is there anything I need to be aware of? Is there anything I need to do to prepare? Are my sites going to weather the added traffic? Since I'm on shared hosting is the current server going to be able to handle a traffic spike created by a media event?"
Sorry but you are being a bit dramatical here... the fact is your banking your livelihood (apparently) on a shared product that you pay very little per month for, and not fairly comparing apples to apples in accessing blame for failure.