Education Secretary Spellings Blames Armstrong Williams Propaganda Fiasco All on Her Predecessor
A day after the Los Angeles Times reported that the White House was stonewalling and whitewashing the Department of Education Inspector Generalís probe into the hiring of conservative commentator Armstrong Williams, Bush confidant and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings admitted that senior department officials showed a lack of judgment in contracting with Williams for propaganda. She all but told the AP that it was all the since-departed Rod Paigeís fault, which is standard operating procedure for this administration. I mean, it was obviously Colin Powell and Tom Ridgeís fault that Bush didnít even know that we were planning to require Americans returning from Mexico and Canada to carry their passports, right?
Since Spellings made these comments before the release of the watered down IGís report later today in the typical late Friday afternoon Bush Administration news dump, one wonders what is in the report.