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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:28 PM
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Could Armstrong Williams face criminal or civil penalties?
Do our laws against propaganda carry criminal penalties?

If not, can people who saw his propaganda file a lawsuit?
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chelsea0011 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:30 PM
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1. No penalties for Republicans. This will be a career booster.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:34 PM
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4. Are rightwingers eager to
read Armstrong Williams' columns now?
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sharman Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:44 PM
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13. Going after the wrong criminal
Pursuing Armstrong, instead of those who bribed him, is putting the whore in jail, and letting the john go free.

To answer your question, a Congresswoman I heard on AirAmerica (didn't catch name) says it does violate a federal criminal statute, carrying penalties up to $10,000 fine and 10 years in jail
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jasmeel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:30 PM
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2. They used tax money to pay him. I think the GAO is investigating
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:03 PM
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10. I am absolutely, positively certain all culprits will be brought to swift
justice.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:33 PM
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3. Can we charge the administration with bribery?
Williams is trying to claim he is a commentator and not a journalist and not subject to the rules of journalism.

We need to challenge the media for full disclosure to see how many have accepted gifts "bribes" from the Bush Adm. It is time the media had to defend itself and its relationship to Bush Co. Pressure on the media if we're lucky will also make the media more motivated to expose Bush Co. and pass the buck.

We need to keep this in the news as a potentially widespread abuse that needs investigated.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:36 PM
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5. His behavior is unethical for either a commentator
or a journalist.

I was wondering whether it's also criminal.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:37 PM
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6. Even Scarbourough attacked Bush Co ethics last night
Edited on Sat Jan-08-05 12:40 PM by dmordue
Criminal charges against were discussed and he thought it was being investigated. Interestingly, Williams was scheduled to appear on the show and was their but left before he could be interviewed. I wonder if he decided to consult a lawyer.

I heard rumor he was already fired.
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onecitizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:41 PM
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7. What we know now.......
no. BUT the Bush admin could face criminal charges. But then again, it's bush so you know how that goes.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:45 PM
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8. it takes an extramarital affair for the pugs to act.
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 12:49 PM
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9. If this had happened under
Clinton, you better believe there'd be civil and criminal and personal and a thousand other penalties. But, since it's happened under extra-tough-teflon George and his merry band of fascist fuck-ups are in charge, ain't nothing gonna happen, count on that.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 05:18 PM
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11. The Bush Admin. can't stop somene from filing a lawsuit,
claiming a $1 psychological injury from learning about Armstrong Williams illegal propaganda, and seeking a judicial order that he return the $240,000 to the Education Dept. as relief.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:04 PM
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12. No. But better yet
the House can initiate an investigation, as there appears to be violations of the law by the administration.

Do not strike out at the puppet. Go for the puppeteer.
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