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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Paid Punditry: Let's hear from the right wing bloggers.

posted by Jazz at 1/08/2005 10:03:00 AM


Shorter Armstrong Williams - "Screw you! Everyone else was getting filthy rich off this bloody administration. I'm just getting my slice of the pie."

Ron already commented on this over at Middle Earth Journal, but this one really stuck in my craw. In case you've been hiding under a rock, Mr. Williams is a black conservative pundit with a fair amount of influence in minority communities. The really short version of this story is that he took nearly a quarter million dollars from the Bush administration to write "opinions" favorable to the president's "No Rich Child Left Behind" initiative so that it would gain more support.

The sheer number of things that are wrong with this are staggering and obvious. You don't need me to explain this, so instead, let's take a look at what some of the other big name bloggers have to say about this sickening scandal.

First we'll check in on Captain Ed. I will confess to great admiration and a new sense of respect, seeing that the Captain has abandoned his right wing partisan stance and jumps all over this story.
Like any instance of prostitution, of course, the action involves more than one wrongdoer. If Williams is a whore, the Education Department is his john. Who got the bright idea to spend a quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer money to bribe one journalist? The department's spokesman, John Gibbons, tried talking his way around it:
Next we'll check in with the good ole' boys over at Power Line. I'm sure they must be up in arms with outrage over this abuse of the editorial press.

"What's that? Oh, I see. Well, that's perfectly understandable, thank you."

Oh, well. It seems that the PL kids were up too late drinking at the first annual "Barbara Boxer is a Whore" memorial dinner and gala ball, and are too hung over to post on this important story. No... actually they claim to have had network trouble which they are ascribing to a "denial of service attack." Stay tuned to see which members of the vast left wing conspiracy they blame for this.

Never mind. We'll just check in with everyone's favorite diminutive harpy, Michelle Malkin. I'm positive that she will be able to shine the light of righteous indignation on this mess. And SHE DOES! Good for you, Michelle. This is the kind of story that should go beyond any partisan lines.

I'll add this: Rod Paige should be fired. Those who came up with this disgusting scheme should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Any other pundits who accepted money from the Bush administration, whether from the Education Department or any other bureaucracy, should come forward now and disclose. And then they should immediately return the money.

Grow some principles, for God's sake.

Well, as pleased as I am to see that some of the right wingers are taking a stand on this, I'll leave you to a less partisan source for some of the most in-depth commentary I've seen on this yet, and a long list of links to others commenting on it. As usual, it's Joe Gandelman to the rescue. Check out his take on this from the perspective of a professional journalist. It will be worth your time.