Wednesday, January 12, 2005

How Many Prominent American Journalists Could That Money Have Bought? 

From a WaPo story on the unpublicized decision, just before Christmas, to give up the hunt for Iraqi WMD's:
Congress allotted hundreds of millions of dollars for the weapons hunt, and there has been no public accounting of the money. A spokesman for the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency said the entire budget and the expenditures would remain classified.
Smart move to hush that figure up. Armstrong Williams cost a modest $240K; assuming "hundreds of millions" means at least $200 million, the cash we blew on WMD's could have paid for a minimum of 833 ethically-bankrupt journalists and commentators to flog the administration's indefensible policies. (Thanks to our indefatigable colleagues at Cursor for the tip.)

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