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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 12:41 PM
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Third Columnist Implicated with Payola Charges

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_di...


Michael McManus, whose syndicated column, "Ethics & Religion," appears in 50 newspapers, was hired as a subcontractor by the Department of Health and Human Services to promote an administration marriage initiative, according to an article posted yesterday by Salon.com, the online magazine.

Senior writer Eric Boehlert wrote that Salon had confirmed that McManus championed the plan in his columns without disclosing to readers he was being paid to help it succeed.

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Horn told Salon that McManus was paid approximately $10,000 for his work as a subcontractor to the Lewin Group, which was hired by HHS to implement the Community Healthy Marriage Initiative. McManus provided training during two-day conferences in Chattanooga, Tenn., and also made presentations at HHS-sponsored conferences.

Horn said he first learned about the payment on Thursday.

In the wake of the Gallagher story, Boehlert wrote, he asked his staff to review all outside contracts and determine if there were any other columnists being paid by HHS. They informed him about McManus. Horn says the review for similar contracts continues.
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keep it up - flush out these fauxho writers.
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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:34 PM
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1. Ethics?!?
oh, the irony of it all.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:35 PM
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2. I see "paid" people....
everywhere in the media. I think that we have just begin to skim the surface.

This could answer why our press is so compliant....

Sorry, but I would call this treason. The Constitution talks about a "free" press.....not a "bought" press.
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Cheswick2.0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:43 PM
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3. I am hoping for more and more of these cases to come to light
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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:34 PM
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4. kicking to get this seen today
nt
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