FCC issues fines over Armstrong Williams affair

WASHINGTON: The FCC last week issued fines to Sinclair Broadcasting and Sonshine Family Television for airing commentary by conservative pundit Armstrong Williams without disclosing that he had been paid by the US government to do so. Sinclair was fined $36,000. Sonshine was fined $40,000. Williams gained notoriety in early 2005 when USA Today revealed that the US Education Department, through a contract with Ketchum, paid him $240,000 to promote President Bush's No Child Left Behind program during his show, The Right Side with Armstrong Williams, as well as America's Black Forum.

WASHINGTON: The FCC last week issued fines to Sinclair Broadcasting and Sonshine Family Television for airing commentary by conservative pundit Armstrong Williams without disclosing that he had been paid by the US government to do so. Sinclair was fined $36,000. Sonshine was fined $40,000. Williams gained notoriety in early 2005 when USA Today revealed that the US Education Department, through a contract with Ketchum, paid him $240,000 to promote President Bush's No Child Left Behind program during his show, The Right Side with Armstrong Williams, as well as America's Black Forum.

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