BREAKING NEWS ALERT: Bush wants to stop buying journalists

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is Karen Ryan, reporting live from Washington. We are interrupting your normal Thursday blog reading to bring you this special report:

The fall-out from Kurtz’s revelation yesterday is continuing across the D.C. media landscape as pundit after pundit tries to climb aboard the gravy train of promoting the president’s agenda. Many reporters have reacted angrily to the news. In an exclusive interview one reporter told Fishbowl this morning, “Like so many other members of the press, I’ve been marching in lock step with the Bushies for three years, but who knew I could be getting paid for doing so?”*

Meanwhile, following up on an offer first made by Fishbowl yesterday, D.C. radio jock Michael Graham from 630-WMAL has put himself up for sale on eBay (so far he’s doing better than Bob Edwards’ jacket). Maureen Dowd, for her part, announced in her column today, “I’m herewith resigning as a member of the liberal media elite. I’m joining up with the conservative media elite. They get paid better.”

The President, irritated that this issue is distracting him from his plans to invade Iran, has hit back with this stunner:

“All our Cabinet secretaries must realize that we will not be paying commentators to advance our agenda. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet,” Bush said at a news conference.

Later in the press conference Bush clarified that Bob Novak will remain a wholly-owned subsidiary of Halliburton through 2012, as per his contract.

* Quote is not meant to represent an actual interview with an actual reporter. Original source for quotation was Dresden, Fishbowl’s stuffed dog.