Bush bans payola to journalists

01/27/2005 | NYTimes.com · Advertising Age (tiered subscription model)

In the wake of revelations that federal agencies made payments to conservative columnists Armstrong Williams and Maggie Gallagher to promote White House policies, President Bush told reporters gathered for a press conference yesterday that his administration "will not be paying commentators to advance our agenda." Senate Democrats plan to introduce the Stop Government Propaganda Act, designed to end payola and to outlaw the Bush administration's practice of hiring actors to pose as journalists to hype government policies in the guise of news reports.

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