September 13, 2013
The Public Relations Firm Straight Out of a John Grisham Novel

With his op-ed in The New York Times Thursday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin has done what no American can—unite Congress. Granted, it’s united by an intense, “vomit"-inducing revolution at the spectacle of being lectured to by a hostile strongman in the nation’s paper of record, but at least Putin can claim an unlikely bedfellow in President George W. Bush.
Ketchum, the PR firm Putin used to place his op-ed in The Times, was the same company that the Bush administration used to produce what the Government Accountability Office later called illegal “covert propaganda.”
Under contract from the Department of Education, Ketchum paid conservative pundit Armstrong Williams $241,000 in taxpayer money to tout No Child Left Behind in appearances on CNN and CNBC, and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio ads.
Later, The Washington Post revealed that conservative columnist Maggie Gallagher took at least $20,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services via Ketchum. There were also several thousand dollars in payments to Michael McManus, who wrote a syndicated “Ethics & Religion” column.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

The Public Relations Firm Straight Out of a John Grisham Novel

With his op-ed in The New York Times Thursday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin has done what no American can—unite Congress. Granted, it’s united by an intense, “vomit"-inducing revolution at the spectacle of being lectured to by a hostile strongman in the nation’s paper of record, but at least Putin can claim an unlikely bedfellow in President George W. Bush.

Ketchum, the PR firm Putin used to place his op-ed in The Times, was the same company that the Bush administration used to produce what the Government Accountability Office later called illegal “covert propaganda.”

Under contract from the Department of Education, Ketchum paid conservative pundit Armstrong Williams $241,000 in taxpayer money to tout No Child Left Behind in appearances on CNN and CNBC, and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio ads.

Later, The Washington Post revealed that conservative columnist Maggie Gallagher took at least $20,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services via Ketchum. There were also several thousand dollars in payments to Michael McManus, who wrote a syndicated “Ethics & Religion” column.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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