Wednesday, May 11, 2005

OK, We've Lost Count of These Isolated Incidents

When it happened the first time, the White House called it an "isolated incident." Now a third federal agency has been caught paying a journalist to write favorable stories about an administration pet project.

The Agriculture Department admitted that it paid freelance writer Dave Smith $9,375 for three articles on the wonders of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The articles showed up in Outdoor Oklahoma, and Washington-Oregon Game and Fish. Neither identified Mr Smith as having written the articles on behalf of the government.

Mr Smith just happens to work for the NRCS now. (USAToday)

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