Ian Williams writes stuff for The Nation; in fact, he is the U.N. correspondent for the American lefty magazine, speaking as an expert about the United Nations on ABC, CBC, CNN, BBC, ITN, CNBC, MSNBC, and FNC.
Ian Williams writes stuff for Kofi Annan. According to Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy in Media (A.I.M.):
[ . . . ] Williams strongly insists that his financial relationship with the U.N. does not compromise his role as an independent and objective news professional.
U.N. correspondents contacted by AIM disagreed, with one saying, "How can you objectively cover an organization while you're taking money from that organization?" Another flatly declared that UNCA [United Nations Correspondents Association] and its prominent members were "in bed" with the U.N. "Most of them are pro-U.N.," said one.
Williams is not talking to a curious A.I.M.:
When AIM asked Ian Williams for details about his U.N. compensation, he responded, in part: "I am happy to share the details of my other income with you if you will provide in return a complete list of donors to your various organizations and employers, with their names, addresses and affiliations, and your considered opinion on whether they would continue to finance you if you suddenly took a more objective and less hostile attitude to the United Nations."
I will not express outrage concerning the hypocrisy of the Left, vis-à-vis Armstrong Williams. After all, it is both obvious and expected. But I will leave you with this from the same A.I.M. piece:
In 2003, when Kofi Annan couldn't preside over the UNCA media awards ceremony at U.N. headquarters, UNCA said that the "renowned philanthropist" George Soros took his place.