Friday, January 28, 2005

Health and Human Services: $10K for McManus Journalist

It is disappointing, but not surprising, to learn of another journalist, Michael McManus who writes the ironically titled "Ethics & Religion" column that appears in fifty newspapers who is another subcontractor for the Department of Health and Human Services to promote an administration marriage initiative.

As Mr. McManus has written:
I have argued that a marriage should not be terminated, if children are involved, except by mutual consent, unless there is evidence of grievous fault such as adultery or physical abuse. What was entered into by two willing adults should only be exited by both adults. The reform of No Fault Divorce is Mutual Consent Divorce.

I also oppose same sex marriages that can not provide a proper home for children

Well thank you Mr. McManus. I love to hear morality lessons from a paid propaganda mouthpiece of this Administration!

I would like to refer all of you again to what Thomas Jefferson had to say about this particular problem we find ourselves mired in:
"The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers... [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper." --Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632

Mr. President, you have recently spoken of "Spreading Freedom". How about right here? How about Freedom of the Press? How about every American's right to trust that the Press is free to report what it wants and is not corrupted by payments to alter content in the media. This is much worse than Dan Rather Mr. President!



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