Yes, one more conservative columnist was paid with taxpayer money to promote the Bush agenda. Surprise. Surprise.
Only this time it’s a paltry $21,500 vs. $241,000 that Armstrong Williams received… man, she sure got a raw deal… she must not have taken any negotiation classes in school.
But shill she did for the proposed $300mm “Defense of Marriage” act… with the publics money.
So once again, you can’t ‘sell’ a policy proposal on its merits, so you pay from the public purse to propagandize it under the cover of objectivity.
I can’t wait to hear how much more money the ‘fiscal conservatives’ running the government have paid out in the last 4 years to push their policies. I’m sure we won’t have to wait long to find out.
From the Washington Post today:
In 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher repeatedly defended President Bush’s push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families.
“The Bush marriage initiative would emphasize the importance of marriage to poor couples” and “educate teens on the value of delaying childbearing until marriage,” she wrote in National Review Online, for example, adding that this could “carry big payoffs down the road for taxpayers and children.”
But Gallagher failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president’s proposal. Her work under the contract, which ran from January through October 2002, included drafting a magazine article for the HHS official overseeing the initiative, writing brochures for the program and conducting a briefing for department officials.
“Did I violate journalistic ethics by not disclosing it?” Gallagher said yesterday. “I don’t know. You tell me.” She said she would have “been happy to tell anyone who called me” about the contract but that “frankly, it never occurred to me” to disclose it.
Gallagher received an additional $20,000 from the Bush administration in 2002 and 2003 for writing a report, titled “Can Government Strengthen Marriage?”, for a private organization called the National Fatherhood Initiative. That report, published last year, was funded by a Justice Department grant, said NFI spokesman Vincent DiCaro. Gallagher said she was “aware vaguely” that her work was federally funded.
National Review Editor Rich Lowry said of the HHS contract: “We would have preferred that she told us, and we would have disclosed it in her bio.”
“Did I violate journalistic ethics by not disclosing it?” Gallagher said yesterday. “I don’t know. You tell me.”… well since you asked Maggie, the answer is YES.