13 January 2005

A very questionable use of taxpayers money that is probably illegal

Armstrong Williams shills for the administration and accepts $240,000 from the Bush administration to promote No Child Left Behind. Williams did not disclose his financial windfall with his nationally syndicated television show's audience.
Williams' contract was part of a $1 million deal with Ketchum that produced "video news releases" designed to look like news reports. The Bush administration used similar releases last year to promote its Medicare prescription drug plan, prompting a scolding from the Government Accountability Office, which called them an illegal use of taxpayers' dollars.

The Bush forces are employing big Public Relations firms to shape public opinion, to strip away all the advances of the past fifty years, and return our society to the squalor of the Gilded Age. The public blindly swallows the propaganda mill, otherwise why would prominent conservatives be investing so much money into such PR campaigns. Other campaigns include the drive to destroy Social Security under an Orwellian guise.

The hypocrisy displayed by the new conservatives is simply astounding and knows no bounds. From these disingenuous glorified state sanctioned informercials to ridding the legislative branch of any ethics checks and enforcement.


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