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Which blogger is slated to appear at the National Press Club?

Let’s see…John Aravosis of AmericaBlog, or Jeff “White House Rent Boy” Gannon?

What a pathetic state of things. Does it take a rocket scientist to figure out which of the above men is an actual blogger, able to speak to the issue of blogging and journalism?

The National Press Club has come to the conclusion that the most qualified people are cub reporter/prostitute Jeff Gannon/James Guckert and Wonkette. No slam on Wonkette, but that is a humor column, not blogging-as-journalism. This outrage is confirmed by Editor and Publisher. I need a barf bag. NOW.

Yes, the same day that the prestigious Washington, D.C., journalism organization plans to present a lunch talk by former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, it will also allow the former White House reporter/sex site operator to be on a panel discussing bloggers and online journalism.

Gannon, whose real name is James Guckert, resigned his job with the conservative Talon News last month after it was revealed he had used a pseudonym, had little journalism background, and had ties to male escort Web sites.

Still, Press Club leaders will include Gannon on the panel April 8 that includes editor Ana Marie Cox, National Journal’s John Stanton, and others.

Gannon told E&P; today that he always considered himself a legitimate journalist, and “perhaps their invitation is recognition of that.”

Perhaps JG/JG had a little help from his friends in the White House to get this gig…

As John says over at AB:

Not a single actual journalist-blogger is even on the panel that will be discussing blogging-journalism, and most certainly not anyone representing the “other” side of the GannonGuckert credential issue.

Look who’s on the panel:

1. Gannon, who thinks he’s an acceptable journalist.
2. Wonkette, who thinks we should err on the side of accepting him as a real journalist, per her own quotes to Howard Kurtz in the Wash Post, and
3. Then there’s Congress Daily, whose sister publication, the Hotline, wrote a scathing editorial against our role in the GannonGuckert story.

So, the august National Press Club is holding a panel on the issues surrounding the GannonGuckert story and the only person they invite who was actually involved in the story is GannonGuckert himself.

You can contact the National Press Club and offer your opinion about this sham. They can do better than this — and invite John A. to actually represent the blogosphere, which he has ably done many times during Propagannon.

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