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)