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Maggie Gallagher – another GOP media whore on the take



Two peas in a pod, aren’t they? As the Washington Blade pointed out, conservative syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher was one of the witnesses picked by Republicans to testify on protecting the Defense of Marriage Act. Gallagher wrote in a column that it would be better for the nation to legalize polygamy than it would to legalize gay marriage.

The floodgates of fraud are opening…Howard Kurtz in the WPost has the goods on syndicated columnist and ace homo-bigot Maggie Gallagher. Looks like Maggie took her turn in the taxpayer’s trough in 2002, pimping Bush’s “strengthening families through marriage” initiative, inking a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The Bush marriage initiative would emphasize the importance of marriage to poor couples” and “educate teens on the value of delaying childbearing until marriage,” she wrote in National Review Online, for example, adding that this could “carry big payoffs down the road for taxpayers and children.”

Gallagher explains to Kurtz: “Did I violate journalistic ethics by not disclosing it? I don’t know. You tell me.” She said she would have “been happy to tell anyone who called me” about the contract but that “frankly, it never occurred to me” to disclose it.

Gallagher received an additional $20,000 from the Bush administration in 2002 and 2003 for writing a report, titled “Can Government Strengthen Marriage?”, for a private organization called the National Fatherhood Initiative. That report, published last year, was funded by a Justice Department grant, said NFI spokesman Vincent DiCaro. Gallagher said she was “aware vaguely” that her work was federally funded.

In columns, television appearances and interviews with such newspapers as The Washington Post, Gallagher last year defended Bush’s proposal for a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage.

Boy, the Bush admin has some explaining to do…who else is going to get their sleazy *ss exposed?

I absolutely love the hand-wringing going on in Freeperville over this one. Hope Maggie and Armstrong see how these cretins turn their fangs on them at the drop of a hat. It’s simply delicious…



Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?:

“I want firings in HHS for spending my tax dollars this way.”

“I hope it was worth it. As far as I’m concerned, the writing careers of these two are over.”

“In Gallegher’s case, that would be a real loss. Williams is a shrugger.”

“Yeah I used to like her stuff, back when I thought she was honest. So much for that. She’s done more damage with this one thing than good with all her writing combined.”

“They are taking people who already agree with them and then paying them to agree with them. Whoever’s in charge of this mess HAS to be canned. I don’t want them anywhere near my tax dollars.”

They must be fired and a list of everyoone on the payroll published. We need to get this behind us, not have names dribble out over the next four years.”

“I haven’t heard anyone suggest this is illegal. But… I don’t see how this can be a good thing if it keeps happening.”

“Frankly, she is a columnist, so I give her more of a pass. If a journalist did this, I would demand her firing. However, SHE WRITES FOR NATIONAL REVIEW. I take this more seriously than blabbing on the radio like Williams. Who cares that he was paid. This is a big deal. We can’t have somebody write a serious piece defending a proposal in a serious conservative publication and get cash under the table. At the very least, she needs to take a pay cut.”

I think everyone is just plain getting nellier than a basket of fruits at a Queer Eye episode gone terribly wrong. Journalists taking money from a PR firm representing a government agency to promote a product, policy or proposal? Heavens! My heart!”

“The Democrats don’t have to pay. Mary Mapes of CBS fame volunteered her services to Kerry’s campaign, for instance. Republicans have to cough up for favorable coverage.”

“For $21,000! I hope she doesn’t get a bad name over this. She writes some EXCELLENT columns in defense of marriage. It would be such a loss…. ”

“All the more reason to question why we even need a Department of Health and Human Services!!!….just another bureaucratic swamp rife for political gamesmanship from BOTH major parties………Goddammit, how long do we have to wait for REAL political change in this country that will RIP THE BUREAUCRACY OUT FROM IT ROOTS, BURN IT IN A BONFIRE, AND STOMP IT INTO THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY……..I’M SICK OF IT!!!! ARGGGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!”

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