Get government out of the way, right? It can’t do anything, not like the private sector can.
But hypocrite and tea party politician Jason Chaffetz apparently doesn’t believe that’s true, especially when he tries to fake outrage over the Obama Administration letting a private sector advertiser work its free market magic. Fox News had a field day twisting into a pretzel trying not to appear to ridiculous:
The Obama administration paid a PR firm nearly $500,000 in stimulus funds to run a barrage of ads on White House-friendly cable programs promoting its green job training program … a company that negotiated a media buy on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" and "The Rachel Maddow Show."
Here’s where suddenly government, under Republicans authority, knows more than a major advertising agencies how to market a specific product or message. And here we thought government couldn’t do anything right.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told FoxNews.com … he's writing a letter to the Labor … complained that the federal government already spends "way too much" on advertising as it is. He said the targeting of these ads also raises questions about "political motivations."
Chaffetz knows much more about advertising and the (agency) McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. Get a load of the perfectly logical explanation:
The Labor Department defended the expense, suggesting the decisions on placement were largely made by the contractor … relied on an outside contractor and media buying expert to perform research, conduct cost comparisons of media outlets, determine the most cost-effective way to reach the target audience, and create and place the ads," the department said.Let's here from an angry conservative special interest group that apparently now believes government is better than the private sector:
Rick Manning, a spokesman with Americans for Limited Government who used to be chief of staff in the Labor Department's public affairs office in the George W. Bush administration, took issue with the department's explanation of the purchase. "The fact that they claim that they delegated this spending authority to a consultant without oversight is outrageous," he said.And yet, it's hard to argue with the following bit of common sense:
The official "award summary" on the Labor Department contract explained that the ads were meant for "raising awareness among employers and influencers" about the green job training program and to move a "target audience" to contact the Job Corps Call Center to ask about enrolling.