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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Ethics & Religion (& Payola)

If the majority of Americans support GW's antiquated ideas about marriage, as so many of the fundies purport, why is it necessary to pay off reporters to write positively about it?

Web Site Reveals Third Columnist Paid By Bush Administration


January 27 -- According to a report on Salon.com, another columnist has been paid to promote Bush administration initiatives. Salon claims that the Department of Health and Human Services paid conservative columnist Mark McManus $10,000 to back the Bush marriage agenda.

One day after President Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries to stop hiring commentators to help promote administration initiatives, and one day after the second high-profile conservative pundit was found to be on the federal payroll, a third embarrassing hire has emerged. Salon has confirmed that Michael McManus, a marriage advocate whose syndicated column, ³Ethics & Religion,² appears in 50 newspapers, was hired as a subcontractor by the Department of Health and Human Services to foster a Bush-approved marriage initiative. McManus championed the plan in his columns without disclosing to readers he was being paid to help it succeed.

Responding to the latest revelation, Dr. Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at HHS, announced Thursday that HHS would institute a new policy that forbids the agency from hiring any outside expert or consultant who has any working affiliation with the media. ³I needed to draw this bright line,² Horn tells Salon. ³The policy is being implemented and we¹re moving forward.² -- Raw Story

Find this article here --> http://rawstory.com/news/2005/index.php?p=10

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