An op-ed piece in this morning’s paper does an outstanding job of putting the hiring of Armstrong Williams to shill for No Child Left Behind in context. When you have an administration that fabricates a crisis out of any issue they are currently pushing, the ends always justify the means. Propaganda is just another communications tool.

With the blurring of fact and fiction so central to the Bush presidency’s purposes, is it any wonder that government agencies ranging from Health and Human Services to the Office of National Drug Control Policy have been filming editorial messages as mock newscast segments, complete with mock reporters, and offering them to local television stations?

Is it any wonder that the Education Department paid commentator Armstrong Williams $241,000 to promote its No Child Left Behind programs? In this administration, it is the role of a government agency to turn out pro-Bush news by whatever means possible.