Thursday, May 12, 2005

Another Paid Propagandist for Bush?

It's hard to believe, but another paid Bush propagandist has been discovered.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, part of the Agriculture Department, paid freelance writer Dave Smith at least $7,500 in 2003 to write articles for hunting and fishing magazines describing the benefits of an expanding program that oversees wildlife habitat and the environment. Three articles were published, but only one identified Smith as being as working for the conservation service.

The information was discovered in documents obtained by the Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The drip, drip, drip of propaganda continues from this administration. Rather than coming clean and admitting all of their paid propagandists, the administration gets embarrassed over and over again.

Smith is the fourth "journalist" to be exposed as a result of media scrutiny. (To read about other paid Bush propagandists, click here).

In January, President Bush spoke out against the practice of hiring such "journalists," admitting his administation had been wrong. "Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet," he said at a news conference.

At that time, JABBS asked why, given the president's statement, the administration couldn't come clean and reveal all payments to all "journalists." More than three months later, the question remains.


Smith wrote five articles, but got only three published before joining the conservatiion service as a biologist in its Missoula, MT, office.

David Gagner, the conservation service's chief of staff, said no one on the service's communications staff was capable of spreading the word about the expanding program.

Makes you wonder who does the hiring at the Agriculture Department.


Anonymous Diamond LeGrande said...

Hard to believe? No way. Easy to believe. These four journalists are only the tip of the iceberg. We could be talking 20, 50, 100 paid shills. We've only caught four.

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