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January 26, 2005

Another conservative pundit payola scandal?

WaPo's Howard Kurtz is set to reveal that conservative pundit Maggie Gallagher, who writes on marriage issues for a living, had a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to promote the administration's initiative. The received over $21,000 over the course of the contract. (Drudge, naturally, already has a scoop on this)

Given the scandal surrounding Armstrong Williams, this will probably hit the fan hard on Wednesday.

But is there really a story here?

Gallagher, alerted by Kurtz that the story was coming, has already published an explanation of what the contract was all about. Unless there is more to the story than Gallagher reveals, this may be much ado about nothing. But that won't prevent the media from going all out to make much ado about it.

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