Now How Much Would You Pay?

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

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.)

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


  • 1. Gothamimage  |  December 17th, 2005 at 2:44 am

    I’m still trying to figure out a way to knit Abramoff into my blog skits- Bush today sounded as if her barely heard of the man, like the same was he barely heard of Ken Lay. Bush is amazing the way he can do this.

    What would be funny to know is to know what Abramoff said behind the backs of these hacks – you know he dissed them, because he seem to diss everyone who was on his rolodex

  • 2. Neil Shakespeare  |  December 17th, 2005 at 12:16 pm

    I guess they just DID “embarrass the institution”, didn’t they?

  • 3. Tom Giovanetti  |  December 19th, 2005 at 10:10 pm

    The article in BusinessWeek that started this whole thing, upon which all subsequent articles and Paul Krugman’s commentary are based, omitted important statements and resulted in a complete misrepresentation. All subsequent who have written on this topic are guilty of passing on misrepresentation without bothering to fact-check. You can view IPI’s and Ferrara’s statements at

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