Saturday, December 17, 2005

Cato Institute: Shills for Sale

We've all heard about the administration's plan to payoff Iraqi news organs in exchange for favorable press about the occupation.

Within days, we also find out that the Times has been holding out on the Bush-NSA spy scandal story for a year.

Now a senior scholar at Cato resigns, admitting he was bribed by Abramoff in exchange for producing intellectual product favorable to lobbyists. Cost: $2000 per article.

I sense, well, a kind of pattern forming. . . But don't forget, bloggers on the internets are the greatest threat to accuracy in journalism today.

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

Holy shit. I actually had some grudging respect for the Cato Institute, even though I almost always disagree with them. At least they're libertarians, and not neocon frauds.

Hopefully, this will clean house. This Abramoff scandal is proving very useful.

Most students in Columbia's journalism school are there to learn PR (literally), not to become journalists. I don't think folks can tell the difference anymore.

Of course, the retort is that "it was always this bad, or even worse," and there's a lot of truth to that. It's beside the point, though, if the point is to improve our political culture, and not to wallow a millimeter above the lowest bar.

Saturday, December 17, 2005 8:45:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

$2000 is chump change, btw. That's hilarious.

Saturday, December 17, 2005 2:56:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Dude, they are slavishly loyal to Bush. They should be called the "Fido Institute."

Saturday, December 17, 2005 5:11:00 PM  

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