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Editor's note: For continuing coverage of the Jeff Gannon story, see Will Pitt's FYI. Will focuses on Gannon's possible involvement with the White House's naming of Victoria Plame as a C.I.A. officer, an "outing" that invites criminal indictment. The first story below deals with Gannon's life as a gay escort. We would not likely have run the article except that President Bush presents himself politically as the defender of anti-Gay "moral values." To quote a new take on some old advice, "Those who live in glass houses, should not."
The second story, brought to our attention by Buzzflash.com, suggests that Gannon's employer - conservative publicist Bobby Eberle and his GOPUSA website - also dabbled in old-fashioned anti-Semitism. - sw
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"Jeff Gannon's" Secret Life
By Eric Boehlert
Tuesday 15 February 2005
Revelations that the bogus reporter worked as a gay escort are the latest twist in the affair that has the White House squirming -- and Democrats demanding explanations.
Last week, Republican activist Bobby Eberle, the man behind the now infamous conservative Web site Talon News, insisted that before hiring "Jeff Gannon" as his White House correspondent, he never looked into Gannon's background. If true, Eberle probably wishes he had. And the same could be said for the White House officials who bent the rules to make way for Gannon in the press briefing room. There's new evidence that the Talon reporter, who lobbed softball questions at Bush during press conferences on behalf of a dubious news operation, recently worked as a male escort.
Gannon, whose real name is James Guckert, made headlines last week when he resigned from Talon after days of intensive scrutiny from bloggers. Online critics first raised questions about Guckert's questionable journalistic methods and his lack of experience (he often cut and pasted White House press releases into his "news" stories), as well as Talon's lack of independence from Eberle's purely partisan GOPUSA Web site. Then questions arose about why the Talon reporter was given access to the White House press room after being turned down for Capitol Hill press credentials. The final straw for Guckert came when bloggers revealed associations that Guckert and his Delaware-based company had with a handful of gay-themed male escort services.
Conservative Sycophants Lose Credibility
by Paul Craig Roberts
The conservative media will never recover from its role as Chief Sycophant for the Bush administration. Journalists who demanded that Clinton be held accountable for a minor sex scandal (Monica Lewinsky) and a minor financial scandal (Whitewater) now serve as apologists and propagandists for the Bush administration's major war scandals.
The Republican House of Representatives saw fit to impeach President Clinton for lying about sex. The same Republicans defend to the hilt Bush's lies that launched America into an unjustified war that has killed and maimed tens of thousands of Iraqis and Americans, cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, ruined America's reputation, and lost forever the hearts and minds of Muslims.
No decent or sensible person can have confidence in journalists and politicians who take partisanship to such extreme lengths.
A hireling, a fraud and a prostitute
Bush's agent in the press corps has given spin a new level of meaning
Thursday February 17, 2005
The White House press room has often been a cockpit of intrigue, duplicity and truckling. But nothing challenges the most recent scandal there.
The latest incident began with a sequence of questions for President Bush at his January 26 press conference. First, he was asked whether he approved of his administration's payments to conservative commentators. Government contracts had been granted to three pundits, who had tried to keep the funding secret. "There needs to be a nice, independent relationship between the White House and the press," said the president as he called swiftly on his next questioner.
Jeff Gannon, Washington bureau chief of Talon News, rose from his chair to attack Democrats in the Congress. "How are you going to work - you said you're going to reach out to these people - how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?"
For almost two years, in the daily White House press briefings Gannon had been called upon by press secretary Scott McClellan to break up difficult questioning from the rest of the press. On Fox News, one host hailed him as "a terrific Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent". Gannon was frequently quoted and highlighted as an expert guest on rightwing radio shows. But who was Gannon? His strange non-question to the president inspired inquiry. Talon News is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a group of Texas Republicans. Gannon's most notable article had asserted that John Kerry "might some day be known as 'the first gay President'".
Originally posted by kazi
Welcome aboard EastCoastKid.
We still stand for peace, love and hope even while the Christian fundamentalist overpower us with their hatred. Well take you in, proudly.
From the Sermon on the Mount:
Mat 8: 15-29
Jesus had already warned his disciples that such things would happen. ‘Many will say to me on that day "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and drive out demons and perform many miracles?" Then I will tell them plainly "I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!"
By the way, I read a thread yesterday about Scott McCllen frequenting Texas Gay Bars. Anyone have anything to add about that. I love to uncover hypocracy whereever it's found.
The mole, the US media and a White House coup
Submitted to News From Babylon by: "John Brown"
On: 02/20/2005 - 4:42pm
by Paul Harris
The Observer [UK]
February 20th, 2005
The reporter who wasn't is part of a wider press scandal, writes Paul Harris in New York
If, during the Clinton administration, a fake reporter from a Democrat front organisation, using a false name, had been exposed as attending White House press conferences it would have been a national scandal. If he had then been shown to be a gay prostitute, the scandal could have threatened a Democrat presidency. With 'Gannon' and Bush there has been no such outcry.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Credible Evidence Emerges That Jeff Gannon Coordinated With the G.O.P. to Bring Down Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) in 2004 Election
Post-Election, Daschle Campaign Aide Says Thune and Gannon "Worked Hand in Hand"; Gannon's Work in South Dakota Shows Substantial Ties to Current Thune Campaign Staffer Jason Van Beek
By ADVOCATE STAFF
The National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman singled out South Dakota Senator-elect John Thune (R) for special praise, noting that he ousted the first leader of either party running for reelection in over 50 years. He had previously said that beating Daschle would be like picking up three seats.
-- "Jeff Gannon", November 17th, 2004 (Talon News)
South Dakota is a long way from Washington, D.C.--which makes it, perhaps, no surprise that this story has taken so much longer to hit the mainstream media in significant fashion than the more spectacular fact that the man at the center of said story is a gay prostitute/anti-gay Republican activist and worked, until recently, as a "reporter" at the White House.
Politics: Gannon's Enemies ListNewsweekFeb. 28 issue - Jeff Gannon is considering suing liberal interest groups, bloggers and others for a "political assassination" that drove him from his job as a reporter for a conservative news outfit called Talon News, he told NEWSWEEK. Gannon, whose real name is James Guckert, singled out Media Matters—a "well-funded" liberal group headed by longtime "attack dog" David Brock. ("Everything we wrote about him came from the public record," Brock replied.)
It remains unclear how Gannon got routine White House press access for nearly two years; he acknowledged he first began getting clearance to White House press briefings in early 2003 as a representative of GOPUSA, a group headed by Texas GOP activist Bobby Eberle—months before Eberle even created Talon News. Gannon said he had no access to White House aides outside the press room, nor did he try to interview any. When President Bush called on him at a press conference last month—during which he asked a question with false info about Sen. Harry Reid—"nobody was more surprised than myself," said Gannon.
—Michael Isikoff and Holly Bailey
© 2005 Newsweek, Inc.
February 18, 2005
Sex, Lies, and Jeff Gannon
The unmaking of a media whore
by Justin Raimondo
A gay prostitute, a phony media organization that managed to sneak its "reporter" into White House press briefings, and the lies that were fed to the media and the American people in the run-up to war with Iraq – what possible connection could these items have to one another?
The answer: a man called "Jeff Gannon."
Amid the media frenzy over Gannon's journalistic bona fides, or lack of them – and the lurid speculation going on in the left lane of the blogosphere about how a purported male hooker got admitted to White House press briefings before his "Talon News Agency" (a front group created by "GOPUSA") was even created – one has to ask: who cares?
Answer: Patrick J. Fitzgerald, for one, the chief prosecutor in an investigation that could rope in several high-ranking administration officials and even lead to the White House itself. And those of us who have been awaiting the come-uppance of this White House, for two, and are ready to get out the popcorn and the chips-and-dip and settle down for a nice long juicy scandal.
Originally posted by firestarter666
i was a lifelong republican as well and i voted for bush in 2000 but in 2004 i was praying that bush did not win
The Proverbial 'Live Boy'
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 22 February 2005
"The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy." - Edwin W. Edwards
In the same month the planet gets to know the 'journalist' James/Jeff Guckert/Gannon, Hunter S. Thompson decides to make The Big Bit-Spit and eject from the planet. This could be sacrilege, and I hope his family will forgive me, but there is something wretchedly fitting in the confluence.
Hunter was a drunk and a drug-sucker. He would go to cover an event and slather himself with '___'. He went to the '72 GOP convention as a wild-eyed liberal and elbowed his way into the activist bullpen, grabbing a sign reading 'Garbage Men Demand Equal Pay' before charging the floor with the Nixon-shouters to howl “Four More Years!” at John Chancellor. He wanted to write about motorcycle gangs, so he went out and joined the worst of them, and got his ass stomped in. And wrote about it.
Originally posted by Snowman9
Great Post east coast.
Article & Essay / Articles & Essays
Date: Feb 21, 2005 - 04:14 PM
Hunter Thompson is gone, long live the Gonzo Spirit.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
San Francisco -- At the Roma Café in North Beach there are the early morning sounds of patrons slurping caffeine and munching on Italian pastries, sounds of boisterous discussion and smooth jazz, sounds of rustling newspapers. The usual sounds in the early morning Roma, but this is not a usual early morning. The San Francisco Chronicle announces in bold headline:
Original gonzo journalist kills self at 67.
Action Poetry: the Book
Hunter S. Thompson
There's a certain amount of danger when writing about a man like Hunter S. Thompson. Figuratively and literally. Figuratively, in that Thompson is still vital and practicing his art. Any biography, therefore, will be incomplete. Literally, in that Thompson is a violent and unstable man with a fondness of firearms and extreme action. He's the type to come looking for you.
Thompson has been many things to many people, which is a testament to his talent. His books have transcended social barriers and have become almost required reading for many diverse, almost diametrically opposed audiences -- law enforcement officials and restless youth, politicians and journalism students, to name a few. If this sounds a bit bold, consider the following:
Why isn't Bob Novak going to jail?
Friday, February 18, 2005
By Tony Norman
Will someone please explain in simple, easy-to-understand language, why we never see right-wing pundit Bob Novak's name mentioned in the same breath as reporters facing jail time for contempt in the Valerie Plame affair?
Warning! more Rovian tricks! Red Herring!
author: neep neep
a red herring to take energy out of the Prostitute-White House connection
The Bush private conversations with Doug Wead is a Rovian ruse. The story mimics a scandal only in the fact it claims to be private. The reality is that the corporate media can air it to claim they do report stuff Bush does nto want public. Its all to get focus off of the Gannon Gay Prostitution White House connection. I would bet that if one digs deep into Doug Wead's history and connections it leads to Karl Rove.
one version of the Corporate Media story
Private tapes shed light on candidate Bush: Conversations on political foes, drugs recorded by old friend www.msnbc.msn.com...
Gannon considering suing left wing bloggers
Jeff Gannon, the White House correspondent forced from his job by left wing blogs is considering suing left wing bloggers for a “political assassination” that drove him from his job, according to a Newsweek Article to go to print on Feb 28.
Gannon, whose real name is James Guckert, singled out Media Matters, a quasi blog that focuses on the political affiliations of the US media.
The report states that it remains unclear how Gannon got routine White House press access for nearly two years; he acknowledged he first began getting clearance to White House press briefings in early 2003 as a representative of GOPUSA, a group headed by Texas GOP activist Bobby Eberle, months before Eberle even created Talon News. Gannon said he had no access to White House aides outside the press room, nor did he try to interview any. When President Bush called on him at a press conference last month, during which he asked a question with false info about Sen. Harry Reid, “nobody was more surprised than myself,” said Gannon.
We would also expect that if he was to sue bloggers that John Aravosis of AmericaBlog would also be high up the list, having broken the story of Gannon’s alleged links to gay military porn.
"Shallow Throat": Reports from
the Slimy Bush World
By Bernard Weiner
Co-Editor, "The Crisis Papers."
February 22, 2005
"Shallow Throat" had not contacted me since months before the November 2004 election. I figured that the high-level GOP mole, who formerly had worked at the White House before moving to another agency, was bummed out and needed time to reflect.
So receiving ST's coded calls was a good sign. We met in an obscure diner in Rockville, Md. I could tell Shallow Throat was in bad shape, since my conservative informant looked pale and depressed and was back to wearing a wig and wraparound shades.
"I can't describe to you, Bernie, what the atmosphere is like inside the Administration," said a nervous-sounding ST. "Publicly, they are taking their electoral 'victory' as confirmation that they don't have to give an inch, to anyone. It's full speed ahead domestically and abroad. But privately, they are well aware of how tenuous the situation could become for them in some areas, which is why they are coming out of the chute with such full-bore speed and determination. (Observe how they are trying to keep anyone from getting to the truth of that electoral 'victory,' especially in Ohio.)
Jeff Gannon and Talon News: A Disgrace to Internet Publications
February 14, 2005 12:08 PM
Jeff Gannon (really JD Guckert) had been a regular at White House press briefings for nearly two years. After asking an extremely biased question favoring and directly to George W. Bush at the last presidential press conference, Gannon caught the ire of bloggers around the nation. Just as they did with the Tom Brokaw, the Swift Boat Veterans and an array of other issues, bloggers investigated the issues and exposed the scandal in record time.
As it turns out, Jeff Gannon really wasn't Jeff Gannon. His real name has been revealed as JD Guckert (if even that is correct). In addition to an interest in politics and defending the current Bush administration regardless of the truth, Gannon reportedly had an interest in gay/escort websites such hotmilitarystud.com and militaryescorts.com as revealed by liberal bloggers.
Gannon's supposed news organization, Talon News, was simply a side company for the news and commentary site GOPUSA.com, run by Texas republican Bobby Eberle. Assumably, GOPUSA.com would have had a hard time establishing credibility as a news organization given its name. Mr. Eberle used the swift power of the Internet to establish a side site, TalonNews.com, that would have less of a problem in getting press credentials.
Gannon-gate: Where's the outrage?
By Bill Press
TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
If you suspect the media are guilty of a double standard when it comes to covering the White House, you're right. It's now clear, without a doubt, that White House reporters are as easy on President Bush as they were hard on President Clinton. Consider the case of phony White House reporter Jeff Gannon.
You probably never heard of Gannon. No wonder. The mainstream media have largely ignored him - even though his story is as big a sex scandal, if not bigger, than anything that happened under Clinton.
Talon News Web site closes amid heavy criticism
Fri Feb 25, 2005 08:34 PM ET
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas-based Web site whose conservative connections touched off a White House media controversy has shut down "to reevaluate operations," according to a message posted on the site.
A spokeswoman for Talon News said the site closed because its founder, Bobby Eberle of Pearland, Texas, "can only take so much beating" over the page's political slant, the Houston Chronicle reported on Friday.
Thats because this is hardly newsworthy, by far its more sensational as well as being partially considered "poor taste" to imply that being a homosexual somehow invalidates you from being a reporter.
So far, the mainstream media has largely diminished and ignored this story.
So, lots of questions - did Gannon have a patron in the White House, enabling him to slide past security? Did he receive a leak of classified documents? Is Special Counsel Fitzgerald ignoring him now as a favor to the White House? Did the White House set up a fake news service so that they had a friendly outlet with which they could plant stories, and so that White House Press Secretary could spot a friendly face in the room if a press briefing turned hostile?
So where does this leave us?
The conspiracy-minded on the left are hoping that questions will suffice, and that the burden of proof will somehow shift over to the White House apologists (OK, that includes me). This will, the critics hope, present the apologists with the nearly impossible task of proving a negative - no one has found a smoking gun memo linking Karl Rove to Bobby Eberle, but that does not mean it does not exist, now does it?
Bless the Beasts and the Children
Photographer for White House child sex ring arrested after Thompson suicide
by Tom Flocco
WASHINGTON -- March 13, 2005 -- TomFlocco.com -- Photographer Russell E. "Rusty" Nelson was recently arrested two days after journalist Hunter Thompson reportedly committed suicide four weeks ago on February 10, according to two phone interviews with attorney John DeCamp last week.
Nelson was allegedly employed by a former Republican Party activist to take pictures of current or retired U.S. House-Senate members and other prominent government officials engaging in sexual criminality by receiving or committing sodomy and other sex acts on children during the Reagan-Bush 41 administrations.
FLASHBACK: Homosexual Prostitution Inquiry...
Posted Mar 17, 2005 05:23 PM PST
Category: HIDDEN HISTORY
Let's take a look at t recent sequence of events here.
1. Jeff Gannon is outed as a gay prostitute while posing as a member of the White House Press Corps.
2. Congress demands an investigation.
3. Reports surface linking Gannon with the Franklin scandal.
4. Gannon announces via a Moscow newspaper that he has tapes of top US leaders involved in homosexual and possibly pedophilia activity.
5. The Congressional bill to investigate "Gannon-gate" suddenly dies in the Judicial Committee AND the White House press corps declares the issue dead and buried.
Methinks official Washington doth protest too much. From the obvious panic triggered by Gannon's claimed tapes, the story of the Franklin Scandal gains credibility.
And if it is true, then anyone who has tapes or photos of US leaders cavorting with minors is in a position to control the government.
... which means US leaders may be sending off your children to die in wars simply to protect their own asses.
To see the paper:
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
VIDEO: House Judiciary Committee quashes Gannon inquiry
CLICK HERE and forward to the 7:22:48 mark to watch the House Judiciary committee vote down a resolution demanding the Bush Administration turn over documentation concerning how a male prostitute using a fake name was able to bypass normal security procedures to gain regular access to the White House.
Republicans voted down Democrats in the 21-10 party-line vote to ignore their constitutional responsibility in performing oversight of the Executive branch.
See also: Jeff Gannon, Johnny Gosch, Hunter Thompson, and Bohemian Grove snuff porn
March 16, 2005
Wednesday -- Non-Partisan
USA Today is running a poll that says about 62-percent of Iraqis believe their country is headed in the right direction. Normally we would be happy to receive the news that Iraqis prefer the idea of burgeoning democracy to that of a dictatorship, but then we saw how the poll was presented:
"The poll, by the International Republican Institute (IRI), [is] due to be made public Wednesday... The IRI is a non-partisan, U.S. taxpayer-funded group that promotes democracy abroad."
A little research on the IRI turned up this information:
- All 24 of the organization’s board members, including its president, are Republicans.
- The IRI is the indirect product of a new agenda of democratic globalism spearheaded in the late 1970s by neoconservatives.
- The IRI came to fruition in 1982 when President Ronald Reagan proposed a new U.S.-led effort to promote free-market democracies around the world.
- George A. Folsom, IRI's president and CEO, was a member of the Bush-Cheney Transition Team.
- Millions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer money channeled through the IRI funded groups opposed to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez during the years preceding a failed April 2002 coup against the Venezuelan President.
- When it was falsely believed that the coup was successful, Folsom rejoiced over Chávez' removal from power. "The Venezuelan people rose up to defend democracy in their country."
- The IRI supplied aid to opposition groups in Haiti.
Sex, Lies and Call Girls: Why the U.S. Media Is a Whore
Douglas Herman | March 17 2005
"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." ~ William Colby, Former Director, CIA
Most of them have been given Pulitzer Prizes for “distinguished commentary.” Their work appears in hundreds of American publications. They command huge salaries and they appear on most of the television news programs. Their books invariably enjoy instant access to publicity and become bestsellers. They are the made men of the media mafia. And they are all “owned,” as the late William Colby once admitted.