Atrios Action Alert
Atrios is right: contact Armstrong Williams and let him know that taking $240,000 of American taxpayer money from Bush Co. to push their agenda while posing as commentator/talking head is wrong.
Oh you haven't heard about this yet? Here's the mainstream view via Yahoo!
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.
Wait for it, wait for it...
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."
"And getting paid didn't hurt either!" Williams failed to add.
If he believed in it so much why didn't he do it for free? Why did he have to be paid $240,000? What a total jackass. So much for all that "values" crap we've been pummeled with.