Salon.com has unearthed another columnist being paid by the Bush administration to shill for them.
One day after President Bush ordered his Cabinet secretaries to stop hiring commentators to help promote administration initiatives, and one day after the second high-profile conservative pundit was found to be on the federal payroll, a third embarrassing hire has emerged. Salon has confirmed that Michael McManus, a marriage advocate whose syndicated column, “Ethics & Religion,” appears in 50 newspapers, was hired as a subcontractor by the Department of Health and Human Services to foster a Bush-approved marriage initiative. McManus championed the plan in his columns without disclosing to readers he was being paid to help it succeed.
Read the rest here (subscription/Day Pass required). Don’t you just love the irony of a guy who writes a column on ethics being on the take? But that’s par for the course for the same crowd that produced Bill Bennett (aka Mr. Vegas) and Bill O’Reilly, who has done wonders for the dried-gourd business.