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  •  glad to see this at the top of the page again, (4.00)
    because it's outrageous and people should squawk about it loud and long.

    But...I wouldn't call it "Armstrong William's payola scheme with the White House."  It was the White House's payola scheme with Armstrong Williams.

    •  WH broke the law (4.00)
      Williams shouldn't have to pay it back; Bush-Cheney should have to pay back the taxpayers.  Don't make Williams the fall guy when the WH offered him taxpayer money.  Corporations "underwrite" opinions all the time, not that it is ethical.  The real offense here is that Bushn did it with taxpayer money, not his or the RNC's.

      If you're going in the wrong direction and you stay the course, where, exactly, do you wind up?

      by Mimikatz on Fri Jan 07, 2005 at 01:58:55 PM PST

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      •  They should all be fined (none)
        I'm all for ensuring that the WH doesn't scapegoat Williams; however, he needs to be fined as well for his participation in this scheme.  A message clearly needs to be sent to other media shills who might have Williams' whorish tendencies.  He shouldn't be the "fall guy," but he has responsibility in this too.
      •  and yet a further offense: (none)
        a quarter million to propagandize No Child Left Behind, yet the Act itself remains underfunded.  
    •  My old buddy Armstrong ... (4.00)
      ...shouldn't get a pass on this, but I agree about putting the onus on the White House.

      Not only is Williams a boring shill, he's a liar, an incompetent researcher, gravely challenged as a writer, and a hypocrite. He was one of the "bright new lights" I was "urged" by my boss to corral for a syndicated column when I worked at the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.

      No difficult task. Williams was eager to come aboard. Knowing of his bootlicking for Clarence Thomas and attacks on Anita Hill at the former's Supreme Court nomination hearing, I already had political reasons for disliking Williams.

      During the first months of his tenure, however, I learned that he had lied about being a third-generation Republican - his grandpa was not, had lied about his father's death, and had vastly inflated his resume and other bona fides.

      He was a bigger pain to edit than Cal Thomas, known for his own research inadequacies.

      When it comes to social issues, as one would expect from a fellow who worked for Strom Thurmond, Williams is in the hardcore rightwing camp, backed up by fundamentalism. For instance, 17 months ago, he wrote:

      The Bible is a testament to moral absolutes. The word of God defines marriage only in terms of men and women and explicitly denounces homosexuality as a sin. Throughout its history, the church has consistently found that a homosexual lifestyle violates the basic tenets of the Bible. As such, it is the duty of our Christian leaders to stress the importance of a loving union between man and wife, under God. It is the duty of the church to preserve these basic and essential principles that arbitrate our lives.

      Someone who believes that outing anti-gay gays is a valuable service should check into Williams's "lifestyle."

      We don't inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. - David Brower

      by Meteor Blades on Fri Jan 07, 2005 at 02:59:12 PM PST

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      •  Yep... (none)
        45, not married, sued by a former male assistant for sexual harassment.

        Oh, black radio chortled when news of the suit came out. Because it became the tool needed to totally denigrate him in homophobic black public life. A Republican AND sleeping with men? Nope. Not acceptable.

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