This weeks recipient of the White House 'Help a Starving Journalist' award is Maggie Gallagher, described in her bio as a leading voice in the new marriage movement. Her latest book is 'The Case for Marriage', a book that "annihilates the arguments of the “experts” who allege lifelong fidelity is unrealistic, and that can neatly refute the elitist view that marriage is morally equivalent to all other types of partnerships." And last year, through print and television, she was quite vocal defending Bush's proposal for a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.
It was revealed yesterday that the Magster was paid the embarrassingly low sum of $21,000 by the Bush administration for her efforts. Early in the day, Gallagher said she was "aware vaguely" that she was raking in taxpayer dollars. Mid-day she got all huffy about the whole thing, spewing out rhetorical questions. "Did I violate journalistic ethics by not disclosing it?" Gallagher queried. "I don't know. You tell me."
Later that afternoon, someone told her, so she wrote a new column about it. "I should have disclosed a government contract when I later wrote about the Bush marriage initiative. I would have, if I had remembered it. My apologies to my readers."
But now that she has remembered it, the Magster is plenty pissed off. "Twenty-one thousand? When that hack Armstrong Williams got a quarter mil? That is so fucking outrageous. Wait till I get my hands on those bozos..."
When we contacted Townhall.com editor Jonathan Garthwaite to ask if all the columnists worked for the Bush administration, he replied "No, not everybody. Little Ben Shapiro just got a gig with the Department of Weenies, but we've pretty much given up on Mike Adams, and can't even find a nostalgia cruise for Chuck Colson.
©2005, Mark Hoback