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GAO Rules Bush Propaganda Illegal

by RonChusid

Things just seem to get worse and worse for the Bush Administration. Public opinion of them is low, and most believe that their domestic agenda is virtually dead. Now they can’t even legally continue one of their methods of increasing support. The New York Times reports that Buying of News by Bush’s Aides Is Ruled Illegal:

Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush’s education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.

In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated “covert propaganda” in the United States, in violation of a statutory ban.

Maybe they’ll take a look at Fox News next.

8 Responses to “GAO Rules Bush Propaganda Illegal”

  1. Dancing to this one! Woo hoo!

    Cooked goose – stuffed with lame duck and corrupt cronies!

  2. Busted!!! Looks like the spin machine is gonna pop off into orbit.

  3. It was illegal, well duh… But no penalty at all! WTF! Neither Bush or the GOP even has to repay the government for the taxpayer’s money used, as well as no fine, no nothing??? “A a blistering report” Oooh they’re scared now. What a joke. They are laughing about this. WTF, do they care. They’d even do it again in a heart beat. Why not? So the penalty is it will be reported once or twice in the “liberal media” and then forgotten and nobody who didn’t already know what they did was illegal, still won’t and probably wouldn’t care anyway…

    The thing that should outrage even conservatives is that they wasted taxpayer money paying someone like Armstrong Williams to begin with. That is already his f’ing job. That’s what he does for a living and he’s paid handsomely already by whatever rags he writes for, Faux News, etc. He would have done the same thing for no extra money. Sheesh, it’s like paying Hitler to hate Jews, Bush to be an incompetent A-hole or the GOP to loot the treasury for themselves and their friends. It’s what they already do!(or did in Adolf’s case, may he rest in hell)

  4. Sorry to rain on the parade but if it is illegal without any penalty at all, not even having to repay the $, then it is as good as legal. Why would they not just do it again.

  5. We should have picked up the clues to their propensity for lying when W(MD)Bush used the oxymoron compassionate conservative.This lie was told to us long before the lie about WMD’s. They know nothing about compassion and even less about being a conservative.

  6. Dave,

    If we had still had our usual checks and balances, Congress would take action to cut off funding for such actions. It is doubtful that this will make that much difference, but it is just one more argument which could be brought to the voters to show why it is necessary to vote for Democrats who will hold the Bush Adminstration accountable. By itself this won’t change any votes, but it is just one more straw and hopefully there will be enough to break the Republicans.

  7. Ron Chusid Says:
    October 2nd, 2005 at 8:29 am

    Good way to look at it Ron. I also see it as a plus, due to the fact that the GOP is falling apart at the seams with all the recently exposed failures, fraud, and now their spin and propaganda is no longer a myth . It has been exposed, and people might pay more attention to issues now. I know this is wishful thinking, but some may look deeper into things now that they know it is not a myth or lie of the Left.

  8. Ron,

    It also just really irritates me that the $ doesn’t even have to be paid back from any GOP campaign funds… That should be a minimum.

    Yeah I know. Drip, drip, drip is always helpful… But unless the MSM, at some point starts to pulls the 100s of examples together, most of the public, who don’t pay attention to any individual events much, don’t seem to put it together themselves. If so, they would have had these people figured out years ago. Most just seem to go along with the MSM’s story lines of the parties and individual politicians.

    Until the current continuing story line changes, it could be be hard to retake enough seats. Bush as the ethical, honest, “values”, moral, “good Christian” man he’s the opposite of in every way. With the same basic story line for the GOP, just as untrue. As we know, they also get their story line of the Dems(and many individual politicians) from the right-wing echo chamber and their ever helpful kos kids types.

    But the MSM never seems to change their conventional wisdom once it’s set. It could start to expose them as the worthless, incompetent group think GOP aiding hacks most have become over the last decade or so.

    But as you said. Every bit helps. What could really change things and make everything come crashing down on them is the results of Fitzgerald’s investigation. That could blow away not only the curtain, but the doors and roof. A president, his admin and party working together and purposely harming U.S. national security(esp on WMD in this case), committing almost outright treason, and all for purely partisan political purposes, can do that :-)