Armstrong Williams — Oops

Armstrong Williams — Oops

: New Education Secretary Margaret Spelling admits hiring Armstrong Williams as a mouthpiece was a serious lapse of judgment. Thereby she throws predecessor Rod Paige to the wolves.

Meanwhile, Congress, the FCC, and the White House says it’s media’s responsibility to label sources. OK. But what if they aren’t told and the government is trying to fool them? Thereby officials try to throw media to the wolves; wolves spit back.

Meanwhile, the White House shields officials from the investigation.

The stink ain’t over.


I’m going on MSNBC at 5p to talk about this, possibly… So what do you think?

: The Left Coaster says:

She all but told the AP that it was all the since-departed Rod Paigeís fault, which is standard operating procedure for this administration. I mean, it was obviously Colin Powell and Tom Ridgeís fault that Bush didnít even know that we were planning to require Americans returning from Mexico and Canada to carry their passports, right?

Since Spellings made these comments before the release of the watered down IGís report later today in the typical late Friday afternoon Bush Administration news dump, one wonders what is in the report.

  • franky

    My take on this would be to look at the larger issue of the media’s availabilty to be purchased, most often seen in the trade-off of accessibility and not wanting to piss off your sources. Further, it should be noted that Clinton did similar things – this is not to justify one more of Bush’s little lies, but rather to show that the corruption of the relationship between the media and the government is beyond this administration (although this administration is pretty shameless, especially given that they seem to be obstructing an open investigation of the armstrong williams matter). The last point, and the most minor, would be that Armstrong Williams should be excommunicated from journalism and that if we want to be taken seriously as a profession perhaps our first move should be not to celebrate those have disgraced our profession (Glass, Blair etc).

  • Mike

    in the typical late Friday afternoon Bush Administration news dump
    Yeah, it was the Bush administration who came up with that idea.

  • Paw

    So a Bush administration official blames a departed Bush administration official for something they never would have acknowledged if Williams’ contract hadn’t been disclosed externally in the first place? SHOCKER! And the White House prevented so-called investigators (reminds me of REVENGE OF THE NERDS and its “blue ribbon fact finding commission, headed by myself and Miss Betty Childs”) from interviewing the people that could have told them how it all came to happen? ANOTHER SHOCKER!
    Frankly, given the lack of critical thinking/reporting by the mainstream electronic media in general, I consider most so-called news reporting and the electronic propaganda provided by the government to be identical. No need to differentiate – both simply parrot what the White House wants you to hear anyway.

  • And this is the administration that hasn’t yet been able to turn up who ‘outed’ Ms Plange. Did I anticipate correctly that that will come under the claim of presidential immunity?
    Yes, that’s Watergate terminology, like ‘twisting slowly, slowly in the wind’ which looks like the position former Secretary Paige finds himself in.
    Famous French ‘mot’, translates as “The more things change, the more they remain the same”.

  • Andy Freeman

    > But what if they aren’t told and the government is trying to fool them?
    Govt has ALWAYS been trying to fool you folks. So has everyone else.
    If this is news, MSM is even more clueless than even its harshest critics have suggested.
    And this bunch thinks that they deserve some sort of speech protection?
    I had a lot more respect for MSM before I started listening to MSM’s advocates.