Monday, October 17, 2005

Another Scandal?

If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Bush Administration and the Republican Party, you thought wrong. Of course, with the President’s approval rating at 36%, half of the Administration under criminal investigation, and the Democrats expected to make a historic, 1994-esque sweep just next year, your incredulity would be justified. It was also, however, be misplaced.
The U.S. Attorney’s office for Washington, D.C. has announced that it is investigating, in conjunction with the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Education, payments that the Bushy White House made to conservative media pundit Armstrong Williams in exchange for his public praise of the Administration’s largely unpopular No Child Left Behind Act. Congressional auditors already looking into the case on the behalf of the GAO have determined that the White House, through the Department of Education, had engaged in illegal, “covert propaganda,” not altogether surprising given this Administration’s almost unprecedented mastery of spin and staged photo-ops. That veneer has, due to separate criminal investigations of such figures as Karl Rove, begun to fall away, further revealing the corruption and disingenuousness within. This is, after all, the same White House that forbade journalists from photographing the coffins of fallen soldiers coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan.


Blogger MichaelBains said...

From Armstrong Williams' Jan 2005 Apology:

In 2003, I agreed to run a paid ad on my syndicated television show, promoting the Department of Education's No Child Left Behind Act. I subsequently used my column space to support that legislation. This represents an obvious conflict of interests. People have used this conflict of interests to portray my column as being paid for by the Bush Administration. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Well, right there is the problem with the ENTIRETY of this doggamned administration; they really have No Idea as to what constitutes the truth.

And he was just "apologizing" for running the ad! Now it appears that he ALSO took OTHER money to push the half-baked NCLB illusion.

From USA Today:
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.

Do you think this is the last?

Not even if Rove is rightly imprisoned will this be the end of the filth to come out of this administration.

At least Nixon was honorable enough to commit his misdemeanors completely outside of the law. Ever since Reagan, these neo-reactionaries have felt a god-given right to pull the wool over the sheople's eyes.

Thanks for the heads-up.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Editor said...

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the NCLB. I know that's terrible of me, but could you explain?

6:49 AM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

No Child Left Behind

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Editor said...

I can't believe how stupid I feel right now. I apologise; I do know what No Child Left Behind is.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous JebTexas said...

'06? Maybe in '08? Wrong again. Y'all do make a habit of that. Sadly for you and your fellow dimmis, the truth will out. The net is definitely negating the MSM propaganda machine, as you will see. Half the administration under investigation? Half? Yeah right. Oh yeah, anyone who thinks ANY federal government can fix education has lost their grip on reality. I could fisk your weak opinions with hard facts, but to argue with those incapable of change is fruitless. "Facts" are only true if they help your case, right? And as to being forced from office for, as you put it, "immoral dealings," And speaking of immoral dealings, what is your take on Slick Willie? Oh, sorry. Lies put out by the wacko right. See what I mean?

12:55 PM  

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