The New York Times reports that the Government Accountability Office has determined that the Bush Administration engaged in the spread of “covert propaganda” when it passed money through a public relations firm to journalist Armstrong Williams, who in turn cast the No Child Left Behind law in a favorable light. The Education Department has defended these payments to Williams as the dissemination of legitimate information, but the GAO said ED acted in violation of federal rules concerning propaganda. The GAO ruling requires ED to acknowledge its violations in a report to both the White House and Congress. (Note: This site requires registration.)