Archive for December 16th, 2005

Now How Much Would You Pay?

And the line between journalism and paid advertising gets blurrier and blurrier…

A senior scholar at the Cato Institute, the respected libertarian research organization, has resigned after revelations that he took payments from the lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for writing columns favorable to his clients.

The scholar, Doug Bandow, who wrote a column for the Copley News Service in addition to serving as a Cato fellow, acknowledged to executives at the organization that he had taken money from Mr. Abramoff after he was confronted about the payments by a reporter from BusinessWeek Online.

“He acknowledges he made a lapse in judgment,” said Jamie Dettmer, director of communications at Cato. “There’s a lot of sadness here.”


Mr. Bandow did not take government money, but the source of his payments – around $2,000 an article – is no less controversial. His sometime sponsor, Mr. Abramoff, is at the center of a far-reaching criminal corruption investigation involving several members of Congress, with prosecutors examining whether he sought to bribe lawmakers in exchange for legislative help.

A second scholar, Peter Ferrara, of the Institute for Policy Innovation, acknowledged in the same BusinessWeek Online piece that he had also taken money from Mr. Abramoff in exchange for writing certain opinion articles. But Mr. Ferrara did not apologize for doing so. “I do that all the time,” Mr. Ferrara was quoted as saying….

At Cato and similar institutions, adjunct scholars are not always prohibited from accepting outside consulting roles. But at Cato, said Mr. Dettmer, and at the American Enterprise Institute, said a spokeswoman there, rules require scholars to make public all their affiliations, and there is an expectation that scholars will not embarrass the institution.

At what point does the media lose all credibility? Or at least lose their laughable reputation as liberally biased?

(Abramoff, Abramoff… That name sounds so familiar… Truly a man of varied and dizzying talents.)

3 comments December 16th, 2005 at 10:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Today’s quote:

I know, it’s tragic that the others died in their moment of glory, but still – and you deserve it – you have my congratulations.

From 20 Million Miles To Earth, a cheesy 50s sci-fi movie about a reptilian alien from Venus that starts out small but quickly grows to enormous Godzilla size and starts wreaking havoc.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…

I had almost forgotten I had this one – this apparently radioactive kitty was looking on with great interest during one of our postgame softball cookouts earlier in the year. Posted by Picasa

7 comments December 16th, 2005 at 07:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Do I Really Want To Know?

Headline for Amy Dickinson’s column in today’s Newsday:

“Visible panty lines: another great divide”

I ain’t clickin’ on that, especially not at work.

December 16th, 2005 at 03:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Great Headlines

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