Friday, January 07, 2005

Happy, Happy Williams!

It's so nice when what you want to do and what you get paid to do coincide, isn't it? If only we all could be as lucky as Armstrong Williams: he really believes in George Bush, and he gets paid for it, too! It's a little bit awkward that he shouldn't have been paid for it in the exact way he was:

Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same.

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.
Williams said Thursday he understands that critics could find the arrangement unethical, but "I wanted to do it because it's something I believe in."

See how happy he is!

Maybe not for very long. His contract for this propaganda was funded by taxpayers, and this is not yet quite legal. Sorry, Armstrong. Better luck in Gilead.