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Undercover, under fire: The Washington press corps is too busy cozying up to the people it covers to get at the truth.

Date: June 30, 2007
Author: Ken Silverstein
QUOTE: In exchange for fees of up to $1.5 million a year, [lobbyists I met at Cassidy & Associates and APCO] offered to send congressional delegations to Turkmenistan and write and plant opinion pieces in newspapers under the names of academics and think-tank experts they would recruit .... Now, in a fabulous bit of irony, my article about the unethical behavior of lobbying firms has become, for some in the media, a story about my ethics in reporting the story.

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