Why keep one columnist and not the other? "McManus took money to promote an agenda. He became a shill," James S. Homan, the Eagle's editorial page editor, told E&P. "Gallagher, too, endorsed the [Bush administration] marriage agenda, but she took money to do research and writing. It's a fine line, but it is a line."
The Eagle was perhaps one of the few papers carrying both columnists when they were exposed last week as having received government money. McManus, who self-syndicates his "Ethics & Religion" feature to about 35 newspapers, got Department of Health and Human Services funding for the Marriage Savers organization -- of which he's president and co-chair. Gallagher, who runs in about 75 papers via Universal Press Syndicate, got HHS funding for marriage-themed writing projects.
By: Dave Astor The Reading (Pa.) Eagle plans to publish an editorial Thursday announcing that it's dropping Michael McManus but retaining Maggie Gallagher.