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Why Would You Do This?

At a time when Administration officials are being convicted for their relationship with lobbyists, and members of Congress are keeping bribe money in their freezer and printing up “bribery menus” on congressional note cards, you’d think the last thing you want to do is appear to be a little too cozy with lobbyists.

That thought, however, didn’t stop the Bush-appointed Chairman of the FCC, a man known for championing the fight against media indecency, from posing for a photo in Details magazine in a posh DC Hotel room on a rumpled bed, with two prominent lobbyists, one of whom represents the telephone companies.

It’s clear that nobody form the FCC press shop was with him that day. Otherwise they never would let him do that. Would they?

(Disclaimer: While I work for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, this post should in no way be construed as an official position of the Association. Thoughts in this space are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the views of my employer.)

Written by Michael Turk