Saturday, January 08, 2005
Armstrong Gets The Axe
Tribune Media Services (TMS) tonight terminated its contract with columnist
Armstrong Williams, effective immediately. But Williams told E&P that he
plans to continue his feature via self-syndication.
John Twohey, vice president of editorial and operations at TMS, told
E&P tonight that terminating the contract "wasn't a close call" after he and
four other senior TMS executives discussed the matter.
"I understand the decision," Williams said when reached by E&P. He also
said he would not be returning the $240,000.
What a bitch. It'll be interesting to see him paraded around in the next few weeks as a victim of the "partisan media".
I don't think I spent enough time or energy in my previous post pointing out just how disguisted I am with the role of the government in this. It's one thing for a journalist to compromise his standards; that's just the fallibility of man showing through. But for the government to pay a journalist to support a particular position? I think that's downright terrible, and possibly a bit terrifying. I don't want to go overboard here, but isn't this just a wee bit fascist? It's one level of sliminess to dress up press releases as news features (as was done during the prescription drug bill debate), but an entirely 'nother to offer payment to a supposedly independant member of the free media. This may very well mark a new low point in government transparency and accountability.
Power Line finally made mention of this story, via a link to another blog (albeit a very good link that I'd recommend exploring) that was buried in one of their rants about bitchstick Nick Coleman. The topic of what would have Elvis's 70th birthday apparently deserved much more attention. Way to represent the New Media, guys. Still no mention at LGF as of 1:43PM on 8 Jan 2004.