Following revelations that the Bush White House paid conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to tout the president’s “No Child Left Behind” program, Melanie Sloan at the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed Freedom of Information Act requests with 22 agencies seeking similar arrangements with PR firms and pundits. Let the Washington witch hunt begin.
SIDEBAR: The White House is not alone in efforts to buy "the filter." This from the banks of the Tigris.
FOLLOW THROUGH: MediaChannel coalition partners at Free Press are calling on Americans to urge Congress and the FCC to launch a "thorough investigation and introduce legislation to outlaw 'payola punditry.'" Writes Ben Scott, "Among the first questions investigators must answer is how many other pseudo-journalists are on the take?"