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WHAT'S A LITTLE BRIBERY BETWEEN FRIENDS?

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

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

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