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  •  Right wing pundits (none)
    are businessmen - not journalists. Whatever opinion will make them the most money is the opinion they adopt.

    We don't go out and hire journalists and propagandize and lie and put people on payroll so that they'll say what you want. - Donald Rumsfeld

    by The past is over on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 09:35:35 AM PST

    •  That is precisely Armstrong's excuse (none)
      As he said to Campbell Brown on the Saturday edition of Today, she doesn't have to worry about generating the ad revenue for Today...the suits at NBC/Universal/GE do that.

      He, on the other hand, (says he in his self-serving way), is the CEO of a company.  He has to bring in revenue, and so all this fuss is just because he sold advertising time to the DoE.

      I guess we conclude from that it's not enough to make a living hosting a radio show, writing a column, etc.  A good Conservative, these days, has to sell advertising to survive.


      He has oil. He tried to kill my daddy.

      by kensa on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 09:42:05 AM PST

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      •  What does that mean (none)
        "he sold advertising". Before he gave those opinions did he alert his audience to the fact that he was being paid for his opinion on NCLB? If he didn't then he's nothing more than an advertorial con artist who doesn't deserve to be anywhere near the public trust.

        We don't go out and hire journalists and propagandize and lie and put people on payroll so that they'll say what you want. - Donald Rumsfeld

        by The past is over on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 09:45:43 AM PST

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    •  Isn't there (none)
      a word for people who sell themselves for money?
      •  Don't many people sell themselves (none)
        for money, depending on the kinds of jobs they have?

        If you sign a contract that surrenders certain of your rights or prerogatives (e.g. swearing to secrecy, obligation to show up at x y or z event x number of times over x years, etc.) then in effect you have sold yourself for money-- your desire to earn money from that job, in exchange for "selling" or giving up a part of yourself you otherwise would be able to keep if you hadn't signed on the dotted line.

        I agree that Williams and Brooks and pundits like that are whores many times over.  But in this case it's not because they take money for being pundits, but rather because they (like Williams) most likely do something illegal in accepting that money, and thus are rendered particularly down and dirty, immoral, and unethical.

        •  Damn threading (none)
          I was coming off the comment about GOP pundits being businessmen primarily, and spewing their shit because it makes them more money than they would if they were on our side.  It's about ambition, not belief.  That's what bothers me.  We have people   who claim to be democrats who do the same thing.  I'm talking from working on a campaign and watching people who would say anything if it benefited them.  These people shouldn't be trusted.
      •  it's a word the former head of CNN used (none)
        to describe williams on NPR: "whore."

        it was a beautiful moment in journalism. one unlikely to be repeated. - it's not just an inauguration; it's an atrocity.

        by RabidNation on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 11:49:07 AM PST

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        •  Couldn't believe it when I heard it (none)
          I heard somebody on NPR calling Williams a whore repeatedly, maybe 3-4 times, and I nearly fell over! I didn't know who it was though. Thanks for enlightening me.

          A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

          by tmo on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 04:54:02 PM PST

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      •  Yes, it's called "Prostitution" (none)
        Or, the hip-hop vernacular is 'ho or "trick"

        He got paid for the journalistic version of providing sexual favors for the GOP.  It's the only way any of them get sex, period...they have to pay for it.  Have you actually looked at how evil and foulness have screwed up their actual physical features.  Take Ann Coulter...that's enough for bulemics to renounce their disease and actually start eating again (and I mean no disrespect to those actually battling eating disorders)

        Get rid of anything the Democratic Leadership Council. Visit the weblog:

        by The Truth on Mon Jan 10, 2005 at 01:37:26 PM PST

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