Apparently the Bush administration isn't just
paying journalists to spout White House propaganda
- they're also planting journalists in press conferences to ask helpful questions. At a press conference
last week, George W. Bush was happy to take a question from Jeff Gannon of "Talon News." Gannon asked,
"Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very
bleak picture of the U.S. economy. Harry Reid was
talking about soup lines. And Hillary Clinton was talking about the economy being on the verge of collapse.
Yet in the same breath they say that Social Security is rock solid and there's no crisis there. How are you
going to work - you've said you are going to reach out to these people - how are you going to work with
people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?"
Gee.. that sounds... fair and balanced. Rush Limbaugh
was delighted to hear the question, saying on his radio show,
"I said earlier today in the program, shortly after we began, that somebody in the White House press corps listens to
this program. It is Jeff Gannon from Talon News." No doubt Jeff Gannon does listen to Rush Limbaugh, since Gannon
is a poster at Free Republic. As for "Talon News," well, it consists of approximately two people - Gannon and Bobby Eberle,
who is also the CEO of GOPUSA, a "conservative news, information, and design company dedicated to promoting
conservative ideals." Nice to know they have such easy access to White House press conferences, isn't it?
BREAKING NEWS: GOP pseudo-journalist quits!
A Voice of the New Media
The voice goes silent.
Because of the attention being
paid to me I find it is no longer possible to effectively be a reporter
for Talon News.
In consideration of the welfare of me and my family I have decided to return to private life.
Thank you to all those who supported me.
Quick reflection on Gannon-gate
Just imagine if some guy with ties to male prostitution
(see bottom of page) were given unprecendented access
to the White House, and given a White House press pass that didn't even have his real name on it, in order to
throw fake softball questions at the press briefings to help make the president look good.
Now imagine that president were named Bill Clinton.
Now imagine what would happen next?
* Congressional hearings in
the House and Senate.
* Demands for a Justice Dept. investigation - how did this man get past security, who let him in, what were
his ties to these male prostitute URLs, and who else on the White House staff may have been involved?
* Appointment of a special counsel.
* Demands for a slew of firings of White House staff.
* Never-ending questions about Hooker-gate directed to the White House staff and the president from the Washington media.
* All sorts of questions about what the president's wife knew, and when she knew it.
* And non-stop 24-hour coverage on CNN and FOX.
Keep that in mind in the next 24 hours when we see how the "liberal" media handles this story, if at all.
It's a long and sordid tale, but let me give it
to you in a nutshell. Mr. Gannon's home page is JeffGannon.com.
Well, JeffGannon.com is owned by a person and company that owns the following Web addresses as well:
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