Propagannon scandal breaks into mainstream media
* [new] Editor and Publisher has an excellent piece on this, with up-to-date information, including the coverage by Keith Olbermann.
* The NY Daily News has picked up on the “Jeff Gannon” story and they don’t hold back — “Bush press pal quits over gay prostie link“. Oh this is just great — the best part is that bloggers are mentioned and given credit for breaking this, including DKos and John Aravosis at AmericaBlog. The White House hasn’t issued a comment yet (paging Scotty McClellan?), and the Right wing press has not weighed in either — they should certainly have something to say about someone they’ve held up as the standard bearer for “New Media” (meaning conservative whacko “journalism”). Especially a guy running the domains Militaryescortsm4m.com, and Hotmilitarystud.com. The Freepers erupted yesterday, and I chronicled that insanity yesterday. (NY Daily News):
A conservative ringer who was given a press pass to the White House and lobbed softball questions at President Bush quit yesterday after left-leaning Internet bloggers discovered possible ties to gay prostitution.
“The voice goes silent,” Jeff Gannon wrote on his Web site. “In consideration of the welfare of me and my family, I have decided to return to private life.” Gannon began covering the White House two years ago for an obscure Republican Web site (Talon-News.com). He was known for his friendly questions, including asking Bush at last month’s news conference how he could work with Democrats “who seem to have divorced themselves from reality.”
Gannon was also given a classified CIA memo that named agent Valerie Plame, leading to his grilling by the grand jury investigating her outing. He came under lefty scrutiny after revelations that the administration was paying conservative pundits to talk up Bush’s proposals. By examining Internet records, online sleuths at DailyKos.com figured out that his real name was Jim Guckert and he owned various Web sites, including HotMilitaryStud.com, MilitaryEscorts.com and MilitaryEscortsM4M.com.
“The issue here is whether someone with connections to male prostitution was given unfettered access to the White House and copies of internal CIA documents. For a family values administration, that’s pretty creepy,” said John Aravosis, one of the bloggers chasing the story.
The White House didn’t return a call asking how someone using an alias was given daily clearance to enter the White House.
On his TalonNews Web site, Gannon had written that liberals were out to get him because he’s a white conservative man who owns a gun, drives a sport-utility vehicle and is a born-again Christian.
Yesterday, however, he abruptly quit, and all of the stories he wrote were erased from the Web site. A great many were on gay issues, including one detailing John Kerry’s “pro-homosexual platform” that was headlined mockingly, “Kerry Could Become First Gay President.”
* Talon Officially Accepts “Gannon’s Resignation. This is a real non-statement:
Talon News Washington, DC reporter and White House Correspondent Jeff Gannon submitted his resignation from our organization effective February 8, 2005.
I understand and support Jeff’s decision, and have accepted the resignation.
We are currently evaluating candidates to fill this critical assignment, and anticipate minimal interruption of Talon’s coverage of our nation’s capitol and the White House in the meantime.
— Robert R. Eberle, Ph.D.
Editor in Chief, Talon News
And there’s more…
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (NY-28) writes a letter to Bush asking for an explanation as to how discredited Gannon received credentialed as a member of the legitimate media by the White House. This letter was prompted by an open letter to her from the Niagara Falls Reporter.
Online Reporter Quits After Liberals’ Expose
Washington Post — Howard Kurtz.
White House queried on media policy
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Reporter tied to GOP quits over scrutiny
Plus this wingnut response…
The Leftwing Media Gets Their Scalp: Jeff Gannon Resigns from Talon News (MensNewsDaily): Sher Zieve: “First, when I quote something said or asked by a reporter, during a presidential News Conference, I do not affect a “background check” of the reporter. My real consideration is that those statements and/or questions be accurately quoted. They were. Second, to those of you who seem to believe I should have had an interest in “Jeff Gannon’s” (pseudonym) personal life, before I wrote the article, I didn’t. Much the same as I still do not have an interest in the personal lives of other reporters, including those of Dave Gregory (NBC), Brit Hume (Fox) and Dan Rather (even after his forged document debacle he’s still at CBS News…can we believe it?)”. Her bio, just so you know, copied from the site…Sher Zieve is a conservative political commentator who firmly believes that if Leftists ran the country (left to their own devices), it would be the end of the United States as a sovereign nation. Sher’s articles can be found on Google, MSN Newsbot, US-News.Net, Useless Knowledge and other news sites. Ms. Zieve welcomes you comments and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Freeperland threads emerge (and haven’t been yanked). As slimy as these folks are, they need to be monitored.
White House Fights Back – and Wins (Rush Limbaugh Issues Defense of Jeff Gannon). This headline is misleading, since the Rush transcript is from 2/4, and addresses only the initial questions into Gannon’s softball questions at press briefings. The Freep comments, however, are current.
Conservative Reporter Resigns Amid Controversy (NPR joins all-out war on conservative reporters)
I took a look over at wingnut Lucianne Goldberg‘s forum, and one thread there, His ID exposed, reporter quits, has been “closed.” There is another, Congresswoman Asks Bush for Probe After ‘Gannon’ Quits WH Reporting Post, has plenty of choice comments…
These bloggers cut both ways.
“Web sites such as hotmilitarystud.com, militaryescorts.com, and militaryescortsm4m.com, were registered to the same owner as Gannon’s home Web site, jeffgannon.com” yuk
These bloggers cut both ways. You don’t see any Conservative bloggers making death threats against liberals.
Isn’t this the guy that the DIM DUmmies are “outing” as gay? If I’m wrong, I apologize. I’m amazed at the hypocrisy of the Left constantly being the ones outing gay people who don’t want to be outed.
Lynch Mob Liberals strike again.
It’s good to root out the losers on both the right and the left. This guy was going to be nothing but trouble.
I suspected there was something more to come on this guy when I read the Feb. 7 piece in E&P.; There I saw the name David Brock/Media Matters — a Soros funded entity. If there’s any poop to be scooped, Brock has the means & money behind him to find it. Yeah, the New Media does cut both ways. Unfortunately for the Left though, sites like DailyKos defeat themselves and their occasional valid points with vile, beyond disgusting, invective and a following of seriously disturbed readers.
My guess is, an attempt will be made to use this small scandal to try and divert attention from Eason’s Fables. But I think it’s a dud.
I eagerly await the next edition of E&P;, which will reveal that hardline opponents of George W. Bush masquering as news organizations (going by the spurious names ”ABC,” “NBC,” “CBS” and “The New York Times”) have been planting people in the press conference to ask pointless but hostile questions such as ”Have you ever made a mistake?” Further, I have it on very good authority that the ”newsman” known as ”Dan Rather” has the real first name of ”Kenneth.”
Shouldn’t the Editor & Publisher change it’s name to Liberals & Friends?
Just FYI, you can easily register a website as another individual.
I can’t help but wonder just when the so called probing questions which are unloaded in a barrage on President Bush from the Liberal hateful leftest reporters will become troubling to the lazy political hacks taking up space in Congress and the Senate. We are perfectly aware that they are placed there by the DNC sycophant editors. The only reason that they are puking and moaning about someone who asked a reasonable question is that it really makes them look bad. Like the Demonrat stooges that they are.
No conspiracy theorist, me, but I had begun to think that the charges against Walter Williams and Madge? Gallegher were suspicious. Now I’m beginning to believe. The MSM political party is trying to shut down conservative media people. It didn’t work with Krauthammer or Bill Kristol but it was a near thing.
I think GW should say, Well, let’s give them what they want…. but REALLY do an investigation of ALL media connections.
Don’t go throwin’ GW in no briar bush, y’all demnuts!
#12: It was ARMSTRONG Williams & MAGGIE Gallagher.