Armstrong Williams, a nationally syndicated radio, print and television personality, was paid $240,000 by the Education Department to promote the No Child Left Behind Act.
He agreed to the contract because he believes in the legislation. So um,
Why do you have to be paid to promote something you already believe in?
Even though I’m not a journalist – I’m a commentator – I feel I should be held to the media ethics standard. My judgment was not the best. I wouldn’t do it again, and I learned from it.
But he’s not giving the money back.
Updated: Williams is a commentator, not a journalist and that makes a difference to some people.