In an even sleazier replay of last year's revelation that taxpayer money was going to pay for TV ads touting the Bush Medicare Horror, USA Today repor
January 6, 2005

In an even sleazier replay of last year's revelation that taxpayer money was going to pay for TV ads touting the Bush Medicare Horror, USA Today reports that "the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the [No Child Left Behind Act] on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same." When I heard this on the radio this morning, I assumed I was hearing that the Republican Party had sleazily done this and that we were talking about a scandal in journalistic ethics, but now that I've had my coffee it's clear that the United States government has done this with your tax dollars -- a bizarre bit of corruption. Andrew Rotherham has more more. This seems like a good time to mention my frustration at liberals' continued inability to articulate clearly to the American people just what an ethical void the contemporary Republican Party has become.

--Matthew Yglesias

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

Discussion

We are currently migrating to Disqus

On May 14, 2022, we started migrating our comments from Insticator back to Disqus. During this transition period, some posts will have Insticator and some Disqus. For more information on the transition, as well as information regarding old C&L accounts, please see this post.


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service for information on our posting policy.