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Jeff Gannon, Jim Guckert, and... Prostitution?

 
 
Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:01 pm
Much of this is from the fine work done by readers at www.dailykos.com .

I know that many of you wingnuts will begin to scroll upon reading that, but give it a chance, it's truly a crazy story.

We begin here:

http://blogs.salon.com/0002874/2005/02/08.html

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Remember "Jeff Gannon," the White House reporter who lobs softballs at Scottie McClellan when the other mean reporters won't let up with the real questions?

The "Jeff Gannon" who accused his colleagues of "working off the talking points provided by the Democrats" and then was found to have copied info directly from GOP documents and used it in his "news report"?

This would be the same "Jeff Gannon" who was subpoenaed in connection with the Plame investigation because he somehow obtained a copy of a purported State Dept. document which said that Ms. Plame had a hand in arranging the assignment to Niger for her husband (an allegation -- and document -- denied by the CIA).

Yes, we're talking about "Jeff Gannon, Washington Bureau Chief, Talon News" -- Talon News being the rinkydink wingnut "news service" chaired by the same guy who runs GOP USA (the wingnut site that is less upscale than Renew American, but slightly more professional than BushCountryUSA, and apparently run by various members of the Texas GOP).

Anyway, ever since it was revealed that "Jeff Gannon" is a pseudonym (even though he apparently gets daily White House passes issued in that name), bloggers have been trying to ascertain his real identity. Susan G. at Daily Kos (with the assistance of her readers) has been very energetic and organized in this endeavor, and has uncovered a great deal of interesting and suggestive info about "Jeff" and his associates.

So, just who is Jeff? Well, his Talon News bio has been delated, but it formerly indicated that he was a obtained a B.S. degree in Education from the Pennsylvania State University System, and attended a two-day right-wing school of journalism ("the Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism"). Oh, and he "lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC."

His posts at his site "ConservativeGuy.com" also seem to have disappeared, but Susan and her readers found an archived copy of his "Who is Conservative Guy?" bio -- and it seems to indicate that "Jeff" can't hold a job:

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I've been a preppie, a yuppie, blue-collar, green-collar and white-collar. I've served in the military, graduated from college, taught in the public school system, was a union truck driver, a management consultant, a fitness instructor and an entrepreneur. I'm a two-holiday Christian and I usually vote Republican because they most often support conservative positions


His gun of choice is a Beretta 9mm, and he drives a Nissan Pathfinder.

...

And few, if any, of his colleagues in the White House press corps appear to have so few qualifications for the job.

Anyway, "Jeff" seems to be your basic loser who has tried a lot of dead-end jobs and get-rich quick schemes, and then finally, despite any previous experience in journalism (or even any experience or interest in politics or government) got some wingnut group with possible ties to the GOP to pay him a salary -- and now he's a White House Reporter. So, he's everything that Judson Cox hopes to be in 20 years (although Judson has worked on local campaigns, so is probably overqualified to be Jeff).

And yet, despite that lack of background, and the fact that Talon News isn't really a news organization, somehow the White House lets Jeff into the press conferences ever day, and regularly takes his questions.

Don't believe it? Well, here's part of a program note from Sean Hannity's radio show from last year:

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Sean spends a moment with Jeff Gannon, Washington Bureau Chief for Talon News.com. Jeff talks about his daily meetings with White House Press Secretary Scott McCellan.

And now Jeff has his own weekly radio program on "RightTalk," along with such notable wingnuts as Paul Weyrich and Grover Norquist.



Well, today Atrios seems to have IDed Mr. "Gannon":

Sources allege that Jeff Gannon's real name is James D. "JD" Guckert, though I have not been able to confirm this.


But this would make perfect sense, because when the folks at Kos did some digging into the background of Jeff's various sites, they found that they were all registered to "Bedrock Corp" of Wilmington, DE, and the address provided was a Mailbox, Inc location. However, poster dqueue did some further Googling and found another address for Bedrock Corp. of Wilmington -- this address was a single-family home, and it was associated with a "Jim Guckert" who was listed on a business directory page for court reporting and secretarial services in Wilmington. (I found another listing for Bedrock Corp, this one describing it as a "Management Consultant business" -- so, maybe Jim provides both secretarial services AND management consulting.)

And when I did some "People Find" checks, I found an entry for "James Dale Guckert" (AKA Jim Dale Guckert), age 47, of Delaware. He was matched with two addresses in Newark, five in Wilmington, and one in Cincinnati, OH. (But you had to pay to get the complete report on him, so I didn't.) Anyway, I'm guessing that James/Jeff used to live in Cincinatti (and maybe attended college there), and has bounced around Delware since then. And he may not actually live on Capitol Hill (at least, he may not have registered his Nissan Pathfinder and his Beretta in D.C.)

I can't seem to find out anything more about Jim/Jeff. I guess he's just one of those people who haven't done anything that made the papers (or the internet). That is, until 2003 when he changed his name and suddenly became a White House reporter, thus beginning his close association with Ari and Scottie and President George! (And he was doing this on a daily basis, and for a fake news service that one wouldn't think could afford to pay much of a salary.*) And then the very next year, he was getting classified (although probably fake) memos which appeared designed to discredit Valerie Plame.

Only in America!



* TalonNews invites YOU to be on the team:

Talon News Team

Want to join the Talon News team? Click here to find out more about being a volunteer reporter for Talon News.

Well, you'd just be a volunteer, but think of all the great cutting and pasting from GOP material you'd get to do. Yes, since Talon News doesn't seem to be making any money, I guess they must get the fund to pay their Washington Bureau Chief from outside donations ...


And that's just the background work. It turns out that....

(from the link at the top)

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Oh man, reality is truly stranger than fiction.
"Jeff Gannon", the White House press propagandist "correspondent" for the fake "Talon" news service, turns out to be using a nom de plume.

A group of dKos diarists have been peeling away the layers of Gannon's fake persona, summarized by World O'Crap. In one of those diaries, this revelation is made by Radically Bitter: Among the domains owned by Gannon/Guckert are these:

jeffgannon.com
Hotmilitarystud.com
Militaryescorts.com
Militaryescortsm4m.com


In case this isn't clear enough, those last three are gay sex-themed names. Suddenly, his picture looks appropriately in character.
So why is this relevant, other than today seems to have become "Republicans and sex hypocrisy day"?

In reviewing White House press conferences from the past year, Media Matters for America has noted numerous instances in which Gannon's lobs -- leading questions that often include false assumptions favorable to the Bush administration -- have allowed McClellan to move to friendlier turf, away from having to answer questions on such issues as the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment; [...]

So in addition to the "hyprocrisy and sex" thing, we've got the "hypocrisy and gay" thing.
And no, this wasn't planned. It's not my fault the other side unloaded so much hypocrisy in a single day.

(In a sign of how I've lost complete control over this site, I note, with great irony, that I found out about the domain thing from Atrios.)

Update: There is some concern that focus on the more salacious details of Gannon's hypocrisy detracts from more substantive discussions and investigations currently going on by various diariests.

In a way, that may be true. Gannon is a propagandist, funded by god knows who, who essentially provide McClellan a lifeline whenever the White House press corps backs him into a corner.

I, along with most liberals, couldn't care less if one of our colleagues or employees is gay. That's a problem with right wingers, not our side.

So say Guckert's outing costs him his gravy train at Talon "News", and he is replaced by someone else, would that kill the issue?

I don't think so, but I could be wrong. Personally, I think it would add fire to the crusade if they cut him loose. And it's not as if the "propaganda" angle is tied to Guckert. That one belongs to Talon News, independent of which sycophant they have infesting the White House press room every day.


So, how does Gannon/Guckert respond to the charges?

He quits:

http://jeffgannon.com/

From http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/02/this-is-aol-profile-everyone-is.html , a pic of Gannon's AOL profile before it, and a bunch of pro-family articles he'd written, were taken down:

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It was taken down, but I grabbed a download of it yesterday before it went down. Let's just say, it sure looks like a certain ex-pseudo-reporter who has a penchant for writing stories sucking up to the family values/anti-gay crowd.

As always, more power to you if you have an AOL profile that's really sexy and looks, well, kind of gay. But don't go sucking up to the family values crowd and writing stories defending Santorum's dog-sex comments, then expect people to give you a pass on whether you meet the standards of the very family values your buddies are promoting.


How is it possible that this man was admitted to the White House on a pseudonym? That's national security? Surely someone on the inside knew exactly what was going on.

How is it possible that he is both virulently pro-family and anti-gay rights, yet owns the domains to several gay sites? Isn't there a dissonance there?

How is the Bush administration going to explain the fact that they have been pumping propaganda out to the American people for some time now?

All good questions.

Cycloptichorn
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:07 pm
At least one person is calling for an investigation:

http://www.louise.house.gov/HoR/Louise/News/Press+Releases+By+Date/2005+Press+Releases/WH+Briefing+Room+Scandal.htm

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Dear Mr. President:
In light of the mounting evidence that your Administration has, on several occasions, paid members of the media to advocate in favor of Administration policies, I feel compelled to ask you to address a matter brought to my attention by the Niagara Falls Reporter (article attached), a local newspaper in my district, regarding James "JD" Guckert (AKA Jeff Gannon) of Talon News.

According to several credible reports, "Mr. Gannon" has been repeatedly credentialed as a member of the White House press corps by your office and has been regularly called upon in White House press briefings by your Press Secretary Scott McClellan, despite the fact evidence shows that "Mr. Gannon" is a Republican political operative, uses a false name, has phony or questionable journalistic credentials, is known for plagiarizing much of the "news" he reports, and according to several web reports, may have ties to the promotion of the prostitution of military personnel [...]

And just this morning we have learned that "Mr. Gannon" has resigned his post at the, so called, Talon News amid growing concerns over his controversial background and falsified qualifications. In fact, it appears that "Mr. Gannon's" presence in the White House press corps was merely as a tool of propaganda for your Administration.


We'll see if the msm picks this one up.

Cycloptichorn
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:17 pm
I wonder if Bi-Polar Squinney thinks this is an act of fascism...
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:19 pm
Well, I do. Propaganda is one of the major tools of a facist gov't. There can't possibly be security holes to this level in the White House, so someone knew exactly what was going on. Therefore: propaganda.

Cycloptichorn
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:32 pm
I was referring to the DailyKos screed which seems awfully close to the same attack squinney has declared as a fascist tactic on a different thread.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:36 pm
I know what you're refferring to.

Maybe you should read this:

http://www.alternet.org/mediaculture/21192/

Cycloptichorn
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:50 pm
It's interesting that they discount the effectiveness of Michael Moore, George Soros and organizations like MoveOn.org, and other liberal "527" groups. If you read that article and know nothing about America or American politics, you would think conservatives are the only ones getting their message out.

It's definitely quite a partisan bit of writing you found there.
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El-Diablo
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:53 pm
Ya this jsut balances both sides. I say it's stupid nonetheless.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 02:54 pm
They don't discount it; it's just that the Republicans are, well, much better at it and have the complete backing of the media and all branches of gov't.

I think there were some Republican strategists in the early 80's who had a vision, and it's finally coming to fruition... total domination of the debate by marginalizing those who disagree with you as America-haters. Control on all levels by allowing corporations to run the news. Propaganda given as news by the Administration. It's a full-court press by the Republicans.

Cycloptichorn
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 03:02 pm
I do not think the media backs either party and I do not believe the government is in cahoots with any of the large corporate news organizations.

You are way off base on this one Cyc.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 03:05 pm
No, YOU are!

Media consolidation and corporate control of the news have led companies to be in bed with the Republicans, who support their increasing profit and decreasing accountability simultaneously.

If you don't think Fox News is a gov't propaganda channel, you really should try, I don't know, watching it sometime.

So there!

Cycloptichorn
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 03:11 pm
Yes Fox news does have a right bias, but CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, C-SPAN, CBC, PBS, etc are not.

I can't believe that you are basing your entire opinion od American media on Fox News...
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 03:34 pm
I'm not. All those others, while not as blatant as Fox, have given up on real reporting a long time ago.

You see, it's about one thing, in two ways: money. In which ways? Ratings, which lead to sponsorship, and corporate media consolidation, which leads to huge profits for the media companies themselves, especially those at the top.

I don't need to spell out for you how talking bad about the politicians who are pro-media consolidation is just bad business. We've lost any pretense of asking tough questions, of fact-checking, of editorial opinions, in the name of 'balanced reporting.' In 1990 the networks bellied under to the Gov't when it came to reporting the Gulf War 1, and ever since then every single image that the vast majority of Americans see concerning what we do in war is sanitized. That's not journalism. 'Embedded reporters' are a way of controlling exactly what gets reported while seeming 'action' oriented on the news, which gives good ratings.

The US govt's policy of targetting reporters who are not embedded as 'enemy combatants' is despicable; all to keep the truth hidden, no matter what the cost, while they round up the rest of the power they can before folks catch on to the fact that there are a bunch of crooks running the White House.

Cycloptichorn
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 03:40 pm
Well, let's start a new thread and poll those on A2K...
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El-Diablo
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 04:00 pm
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I'm not. All those others, while not as blatant as Fox, have given up on real reporting a long time ago.


Yeah but that's not propoganda its just sent to appease the masses.

Fox is the only real right-wing channel.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 06:40 pm
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/2/9/191334/0754

Great timeline of the guy. Complete rundown. My favorite part:

Talon's domain registration date: March 29, 2003
Talon's web site is up: April 1, 2003

"Gannon's" first appearance at a White House press conference: April 3, 2003

Amazing, huh?


Cycloptichorn
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 07:04 pm
The story is hitting the MsM. It's on MsNbc and CNN.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4492778

NPR story, link to the .mp3 for the full story.

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Conservative Reporter Resigns Amid Controversy

by David Folkenflik


Web Extra: Hear an Extended Interview between Jeff Gannon and NPR's David Folkenflik

All Things Considered, February 9, 2005 ยท A reporter for the conservative news site
TalonNews.com resigns. The reporter, who went by the pseudonym Jeff Gannon, drew critical attention at President Bush's January 26 press conference when he referred in question to Democrats "who seem divorced from reality" on the issue of retooling Social Security.

Liberal bloggers have disclosed that Gannon, who has little previous journalism experience, was easily granted a coveted White House press pass -- even though he did not work for a traditional or established news organization. He also routinely asked "softball" questions at press conferences. There are also allegations that Gannon is linked to Web sites with homoerotic themes.

Gannon spoke with NPR's David Folkenflik the day before he resigned. He says he is open about his conservative point of view, but that he is just as valid a journalist as other reporters in the White House press corps.


He tells the interviewer that the WH did a background check and cleared him with his psuedonym...

Cycloptichorn

Cycloptichorn
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Dookiestix
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 07:53 pm
BUSTED!!! And it was about time.

I just saw a nice series of clips from Countdown on MSNBC of Gannon asking an amazing series of softball, propogandist, rightwing questions to McClellan and Bush at numerous press conferences.

Truly amazing. It was so transparent, so blatantly obvious, that it really was only a matter of time before this ruse would be exposed.

McGentrix doesnt' get it, and never will. CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, C-SPAN, CBC, PBS?

Isn't Joe Scarbutt on MSNBC? And C-SPAN is liberal? Oh my...

This is why I can't take anything McGentrix says seriously anymore.

Thanx for the thread on this, Cycloptichorn. It is truly amazing...
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squinney
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 08:09 pm
I actually saw the Jan 26 briefing when this fake reporter asked the question including "the liberals being divorced from reality." I immediately jerked my head around to look at Bear and see if I had heard it right. It was SO obviously a plant!

The thing is, the more they try, the more emboldened they get. At this point they are so emboldened as to not even care if people find stuff like this out cause they know nothing will happen to them. I won't be surprised 30 years from now to find out they purposely made the "reporters" questions obvious just to further snub their noses.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Wed 9 Feb, 2005 08:16 pm
This just gets worse and worse.

You can see how the news gets passed around the right-wingers.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200502100001

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HANNITY: And apparently they're also, according to Jeff Gannon, the -- Talon News -- this woman, Mary Mapes, this Dallas producer [involved in the controversy over memos about President Bush's National Guard service], is under pressure for the [CBS] network, and now there's doubts about their authenticity has taken place. Let me tell you what that means. That means everything's going downhill. And you watch. There's going to be somebody that has to take the fall here, and it's not going to be uh, it's not going to be [CBS anchor] Dan Rather. [The Sean Hannity Show, 9/7/04]

HANNITY: Now, Jeff Gannon, who is a terrific Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for Talon News, actually shot me an e-mail today, and he's about to break a story in an exclusive about these CBS documents. [The Sean Hannity Show, 9/10/04]

On the September 23, 2004, edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, host Limbaugh cited Talon News as "our source" for a story about an email sent by progressive group MoveOn.org to its supporters linking the prevalence of hurricanes in Florida at the time to global warming and the Bush administration's environmental policies. The article, titled "MoveOn: Bush to Blame for 'Extreme' Hurricane Season," has been removed from the Talon News site (along with all other archived Talon "news reports" since the organization came under scrutiny) but is available here, in Google's cache. After citing Talon News, Limbaugh read excerpts of the article and concluded: "This is total BS. ... f global warming were actually happening, there would be fewer hurricanes."


... this is f*cked up.

Cycloptichorn
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