2/13/2005

The Jeff Gannon story: This is the scandal

From Nick Johnson at Smirking Chimp:
Remember Armstrong Williams? How about Maggie Gallagher? Michael McManus? I'll refresh our memories. Armstrong Williams is a reporter who was paid $250,000 by the Bush administration to plug the "No Child Left Behind" act. Columnist Maggie Gallagher was paid $21,500 to help the department of Health and Human Services promote marriage. She also received $20,000 to write a report on the National Fatherhood Initiative. Columnist McManus was paid $10,000 to report favorably on Bush's marriage initiative.
Do you see where I'm going with this?
The White House would probably be delighted if we heard all about Gannon and gay sex and forgot to connect the dots to Williams, Gallagher and McManus. But this is bigger than Gannon. This is an administration that has been paying off the press to write and circulate propaganda favorable to the administration. This administration is manipulating the free press, turning it into the paid-for press.
In a government of the people, a free press is essential. How else are the people to know what's truly happening so they can make informed decisions at the polls? Control the information, and you control the polls. This is what the Bush Administration is attempting to do.
And it's spreading (suggesting a possible general Republican strategy?) Recently the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration demanded that radio stations stop airing ads from the California Teachers Association that are critical of Schwarzenegger's education budget. It should horrify you to hear a state official demand that a media outlet stop airing a commercial because he finds it uncomfortable.
Control the information, control the polls. This is what they're trying to do. This is the scandal.

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