Friday, January 07, 2005

What The H*ll Were They Thinking?!

Via The Moderate Voice, I discover that Armstrong Williams accepted money - $240, 000 - to promote President Bush's education agenda.

From USA Today:

"The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB), required commentator Armstrong Williams “to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts,” and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004."

Would have been nice if he had disclosed that little fact to his audience. And it gets worse:

"The top Democrat on the House Education Committee, Rep. George Miller of California, called the contract “a very questionable use of taxpayers' money” that is “probably illegal.” He said he will ask his Republican counterpart to join him in requesting an investigation."

They used government money for this?! Well if it's not illegal, that's only because no one ever thought someone would be stupid enough to pull this kind of stunt.

I don't care how partisan a Republican you are, this is outrageous on so many levels everyone ought to be able to get angry over this. Let me just rattle off a few thoughts:

  • Who is going to trust Armstrong Williams' word after this? Barney Fife wasn't allowed bullets because he'd only shoot himself in the foot. Armstrong Williams should be barred political money henceforth on the same basis.
  • The administration is trying to lay the blame on the Education Department. Would this be the same Education Department Bush wants Republicans to change our minds about, and embrace with extra funding?
  • Are you telling me they couldn't have found ANYONE to promote this idea in the media without throwing big bucks at them? Hello!!
I don't care if this is an example of ineptitude or basic corruption. As a Republican, either is sufficient for heads to roll. And they'd better.

As for Williams, maybe he can look for a nice Florida condo in Dan Rather's neighborhood. As a pundit, his credibility just went down like the Titanic.


Blogger ricardo said...

I didn't put it so harshly...but I tend to agree...

7:34 PM  

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