Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Never in Canada, right?

Abramoff Regrets Paying Writers For "Placed" Columns, by Joe Strupp, Media Matters, Dec. 8, 2011
"...During a recent interview with Media Matters while promoting his new book, Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist (WND Books 2011), Abramoff said in the past he would find columnists who agreed with his positions and pay them to "place" articles in newspapers.

"Normally what that means in a lobbying context is that you have a friendly writer who is somebody that the major papers are willing to publish and you get them to focus on your issue and write a piece about it," Abramoff said in a phone interview, later adding, "It just happened when it had to happen. When it did, we would find somebody who agreed with us, a writer, and we'd usually pay them to do it, but they would be in charge of getting it placed. And that probably still goes on. I can't imagine it doesn't go on."

"Abramoff said he paid for columns on maybe a half-dozen occasions in several major newspapers. He also said the newspapers themselves were likely unaware of the financial arrangement..."
Of course, this would never happen in Canada. Except, perhaps, for commentary on 'ethical oil', pipelines, ruin-of-the-river power generation, open-net fish farming, HST, global warming, private-public partnerships, deregulation, taxation, user fees, executive compensation and a few other subjects.
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3 comments:

  1. BC's a "world-class leader" in the following areas of dark deception and corruption too: the law enforcement industry, the health care industry and the legal industry, all of which are increasingly becoming more corroded by greed, self-interest, and secrecy, and of course greased by friends in high places.

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  2. You cannot hope to bribe or twist,
    thank God! the British Columbia journalist.
    But, seeing what the man will do
    unbribed, there's no occasion to.
    Humbert Wolfe

    Ray Blessin
    Kamloops

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  3. And who's paying who for NOT writing about the BC Rail scandal?

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