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January 08, 2005

Opinion Payola

What Armstrong Williams did was very wrong. It was also very wrong for the Education Department to offer him money to promote the No Child Left Behind Act. He is paying for what he did, though - his column has been dropped by his newspaper.

However, the reaction from the Left is a bit on the outrageous side, if you ask me.

Alex Jones, director of Harvard's Shorenstein media center, said he is "disgusted" by what he called "the worst kind of fakery and flackery" on Williams's part. "It's propaganda masquerading as news, paid by government, truly a recipe from hell," he said. "It would make any thinking person hearing any pundit speak want to say, 'Okay, how much did they pay you to say that?' " Jones said the contract also shows that "the Bush administration neither understands nor respects the idea of an independent media."

Independent media? Where was this guy when Dan Rather was cooking up faked documents in an attempt to bring down President Bush? I don't recall anyone from Harvard condemning CBS news about the 'worst kind of fackery and flackery'.

And then, this guy - a black liberal - writes an extremely bigoted post - "Massa, I sure do likes No Child Left Behind " - where he insists that

... this ought to expose the character of the negro conservative. They have no soul and no morals. They can be bought by their white overlords because they apsire to their status, but think themselves unworthy to be treated as the same. Now, I'll freely admit both Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have used their position to gain personally. But this kind of craven greed is a feature of the negro conservative. He shuffles and bucks along for his master, losing his soul and dignity in the process.

Yeah, I guess it's okay for a black guy to make rascists comments about other blacks, or so he claims in his comments. That, of course, is total bullshit. The man has no respect for anyone who has different political beliefs. He is as bigoted as a member of the KKK.

Anyway, LaShawn,Jeff Jarvis and Michelle Malkin all have good commentaries.

Armstrong Williams was wrong, wrong, wrong and the Department of Education (which really ought to be abolished anyway) was completely wrong, and whoever thought up this scheme should be fired and prosecuted!

Posted by Beth at January 8, 2005 11:31 AM