Joe Wilson on Gannongate
White house correspondent Jeff Gannon
Joe Wilson stops by the DailyKos today to discuss suspected male-hustler-slash-GOP journalist Jeff Gannon and the blogosphere’s efforts to expose his role in outing Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA agent when Wilson wouldn’t agree to support BushCo’s lies about the bogus threat of WMDs in Iraq. Among his observations:
I think that in the absence of a responsible national media, the blogs play an important role in trying to shed light on various issues, including the bona fides of so-called White House correspondents as well as tackling questions overlooked or ignored by the national journalists. Â I also believe that the nature of the profession has changed to the detriment of good investigative journalism. Â No longer is there a quest for the truth so much as there is this apparent need to present both sides of an issue even if one is nothing but lies and distortions. Â Giving the same value to fiction as to fact in the interest of so-called fairness is to mislead the American people and the press has become party to that.
Is it just me, or does it seem awfully convenient that the discovery of Gannon’s extracurricular activities comes at a particularly opportune time that allows him to exit the scene right as everyone is getting close to exposing the awfully cushy ties between him and the Administration? Especially since somebody in the Administration could ultimately swing for treason in the outing of Plame? Kinda like what happened Bernie Kerik’s still-phantom nanny.
That’s my tin foil hat moment for the day. I’m off now to find the missing 3 minutes from the cockpit recordings for United Flight 93.