Where's the Outrage?

Seriously, where’s the outrage from everyone? Friday’s report of the Department of Education’s $240k payout to Armstrong Wiliams is just the most recent in a pattern of questionable ‘advertising’ judgements by the White House.

The War on Drugs, Medicare, and No Child Left Behind, just to name a few, are all policies that the White House has chosen to advertise in a less than straightforward manner. All of these examples seem to indicate a certain 'ends justify the means' mentality in the White House.

It doesn't matter what your political affiliation is, we should all be upset by the manner in which the White House has been promoting its agenda. If an idea isn't accepted when it's presented, paying sponsors and slipping your message into sitcoms isn't an acceptable recourse. But what can the American public do, besides simply venting its outrage electronically? We're (currently) seemingly committed to same old political system that develops national leaders that are tied to special interests and instilled with a hazy notion of ethics. Alternatively, we could rely on the media to be straightforward with their dealings with Washington, as Armstrong Williams did.

Well, this is still not the end of the story. Williams claimed (informally) that there are others like him. So, the question remains, is this standard White House practice? Hiring media spokes(wo)men for their policies? There ought to be a timely investigation into the White House's dealings with the media, lest it undermine the validity of conservative pundits everywhere.

Posted by Andrew Parker at January 11, 2005 3:40 PM | TrackBack (3)