Saturday, January 08, 2005

The real question is... many other 'journalists' are secretly being paid taxpayer 'payola' dollars to push GOP propaganda?
Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same....

The contract, detailed in documents obtained by USA TODAY through a Freedom of Information Act request, also shows that the Education Department, through the Ketchum public relations firm, arranged with Williams to use contacts with America's Black Forum, a group of black broadcast journalists, "to encourage the producers to periodically address" NCLB....

The contract may be illegal "because Congress has prohibited propaganda," or any sort of lobbying for programs funded by the government, said Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "And it's propaganda."
Who won the cold war anyway? I thought we did, not the Soviet Union. Why the state sponsored propaganda?

And if the bushies are willing to drop a quarter of a million on a fairly low visibility schmuck, what are they coughing up for others?