January 26, 2005

Yet another paid Bush mouthpiece comes to light

In 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher repeatedly defended President Bush's push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families. But Gallagher failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal.

"Did I violate journalistic ethics by not disclosing it?" Gallagher, channelling Donald Rumsfeld, said yesterday. "I don't know. You tell me."

She said she would have "been happy to tell anyone who called me" about the contract but that "frankly, it never occurred to me" to disclose it.

Oh - well, that makes it OK then.

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