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Old 02-11-2005, 05:03 AM   #31
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devious minds always jump to conclusions.
I hope you're not referring to anyone here

It appears to me the devious minds might be behind the throne so to speak
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He was on Wolf Blitzer last night, damn I missed it

BLITZER: And Jeff Gannon is joining us now for an exclusive television interview, his first TV interview since leaving his job.

Jeff, thanks very much for joining us.

Should I call you Jeff or James?

GANNON: Please call me Jeff Gannon.

BLITZER: So what -- explain the discrepancy. Your real name is James D. Guckert.

GANNON: Yes. Well, it's pronounced Guckert.

BLITZER: Guckert.

GANNON: It's a professional name. I used it because Jeff Gannon is easier to pronounce and easier to remember.

BLITZER: But you haven't legally changed it?

GANNON: No.

BLITZER: So your driver's license still has Guckert?

GANNON: Absolutely.

BLITZER: So, when you went into the White House and you showed your driver's license, it was under the name Guckert.

GANNON: Absolutely.

BLITZER: And so you just did this because it was easier to pronounce, presumably.

If you didn't do anything wrong, why did you resign?

GANNON: Well, since I asked my question, people that disagree with me have harassed and threatened not only myself, but my family. And I believe that leaving my post would bring that to an end.

BLITZER: When you say they harassed your family, what was going on?

GANNON: Well, the -- on -- I've been receiving threats. People have been stalking me in my neighborhood, have followed me to church, followed me down the street. And then there are phone calls and hate mail that I've gotten over the Internet.

And it's been very troubling. And when it went toward my family, then I said that I needed to put an end to it.

BLITZER: And when you say your family, could you be a little bit more...

GANNON: Well, I mean -- I mean my -- when my mother and my brother and his wife received telephone calls that -- you know, that contained threats and all kinds of terrible things being said about me, it's very disturbing. And that's way over the line. And I needed to put that to an end.

BLITZER: Because one of the things, as you know, that were said is that you had some sexually explicit Web sites that you were working on. I don't understand what that is, but maybe you could explain that.

GANNON: Well, several years ago, before I came to Washington, I had registered various domain names for a private client. I was doing Web site development. Those sites were never hosted. There's -- nothing ever went up on them. And the client went on to do something else.

There's been so much about me on the Internet that people have, you know, made assumptions about. And I just can't -- I don't even know them all and I can't address them all here.

BLITZER: I was going to say, were you there in the White House briefing room on a daily basis to try to change the subject, if you will, send softball questions to Scott McClellan, the press secretary? Or were you there as a real journalist trying to get the story?

GANNON: Well, Talon News is a legitimate conservative online news service. And my questions are things that my readers, 700,000 daily subscribed readers, want the answer to. And those are my questions.

I created the questions. Nobody fed questions to me. Scott McClellan certainly never knew what was coming. He knows -- he certainly knows...

(CROSSTALK)

BLITZER: Because you wore your politics on your sleeve. Everyone knew you were very conservative.

GANNON: Absolutely.

BLITZER: Why did you not get credentials, real credentials, from Capitol Hill from the U.S. Congress?

GANNON: Well, I made an attempt to do that originally when I was going to be covering Washington for Talon News. Our business -- Talon News' business model didn't fit the criteria of the Senate Press Gallery. And while we've been trying to comply, I couldn't stop doing the news. So I went on the basis of a daily pass. And that's -- it's all under the procedures that the White House has established for that.

BLITZER: What's the connection between GOPUSA, the political Web site, and the Talon News Service? It's owned by the same wealthy Texas Republican.

GANNON: I wouldn't say wealthy. I don't know that to be true or not. But...

BLITZER: Bobby Eberle.

GANNON: Bobby Eberle.

But it's common ownership. That's all. Talon News is a separate, independent news division. I work for Talon News. I write articles for Talon News. And that's it.

BLITZER: So what are you going to do now?

GANNON: Well, there's -- you know, God closes doors and opens windows. And I believe this is going to be a good opportunity for me, even though it's been painful. And I'm going -- I believe that there's a silver lining out there.

BLITZER: Do you have something already in the works?

GANNON: I've had some people call and make inquiries to see if I had any interest in certain positions.

BLITZER: Jeff Gannon, thanks very much.

GANNON: Thank you, Wolf.
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Blitzer was such a girlie reporter in that interview. Why not ask how he got past Secret Service and FBI review? How was he able to see the Valerie Plame documents and who showed them to him? What client of his needed porn sites and is he a Web developer or a journalist?
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I have little respect for most journalists now. They're wimps.

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Maybe Wolf is on the WH payroll too
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come on guys, the media is LIBERAL! didn't you hear that? LIBERAL! LIBERAL! LIBERAL! by giving "Gannon" softball questions of the same nature taht Mr. "Gannon" threw at Bush, Wolf was actually breaking through the liberal stranglehold that CNN keeps on all its anchors and reporters and finally giving us some "fair and balanced" coverage.
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Old 02-11-2005, 10:45 AM   #37
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Will there be any political consequences? I doubt it. Everything seems to bounce off of this administration and this president (i.e. Abu Gharib, no WMDs, huge deficits, etc.). I think if there's any White House linkage back to the leak on the CIA operative, then there may be trouble, but the media doesn't seem to be pushing that angle too hard (maybe because the investigators are targeting some journalists to reveal their sources).
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http://lautenberg.senate.gov/~lauten...005210903.html

WASHINGTON, DC -- In light of yet another scandal involving the Bush administration's manipulation of the media, United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today requested from White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan all the documents relating to the press credentials of James. D. Guckert, a.k.a. "Jeff Gannon"; the "journalist" now famous for being the White House correspondent for his softball questioning of President Bush and various Administration spokespeople.

"I am writing to request that you immediately release documents to my office relating to the White House press credentials of James D. Guckert, a.k.a. "Jeff Gannon." Specifically, I am seeking documentation related to the question of which name Mr. Guckert/Gannon used when applying for credentials, and which name was on the official White House press credentials he received," wrote Lautenberg.

"As you may know, Mr. Guckert/Gannon was denied a Congressional press pass because he could not show that he wrote for a valid news organization. Given the fact that he was denied Congressional credentials, I seek your explanation of how Mr. Guckert/Gannon passed muster for White House press credentials," Lautenberg wrote.
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I have to think that eventually a scandal is going to really hurt the president, despite all that his handlers do to protect him from his own bad judgement.

That's how I can sleep at night.
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Just out of interest how many of you think that the media uses kid gloves with this administration?
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I guess that Eason Jordan is a victim of the VRWC as well, forced from his job by the pajamajahadeen.
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By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK - CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit Friday amidst a furor over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed by the U.S. military in Iraq

Jordan said he was quitting to avoid CNN being "unfairly tarnished" by the controversy.

During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (news - web sites) last month, Jordan said he believed that several journalists who were killed by coalition forces in Iraq had been targeted.

He quickly backed off the remarks, explaining that he meant to distinguish between journalists killed because they were in the wrong place where a bomb fell, for example, and those killed because they were shot at by American forces who mistook them for the enemy.

"I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise," Jordan said in a memo to fellow staff members at CNN.

But the damage had been done, compounded by the fact that no transcript of his actual remarks has turned up. There was an online petition calling on CNN to find a transcript, and fire Jordan if he said the military had intentionally killed journalists.
I would still like to see that video of what he said, his earlier comments about his belief that journalists had been both deliberately killed and tortured by US soldiers in Iraq without producing evidence to substantiate.
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Just out of interest how many of you think that the media uses kid gloves with this administration?

i do. it's still 9-11 fallout, and the fact that the media is more obsessed with lurid scandal than actual scandal. they need interns and blowjobs in order to feign outrage, as opposed to, say, ignored memos and blatant, unethical (if not illegal) media manipulation.
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I agree...the media is handling Bush with kid gloves but it's not just because of 9/11. Bush plays favorites and if you start asking tough questions, he moves you to the back of the room and never calls on you again. Helen Thomas is a great example -- has worked since I believe Kennedy covering the White House. She is the most senior reporter there and therefore always gets a front row seat and the first question at a press conference. She asked Bush a tough question and was moved to the back as a warning. You'll notice she doesn't get the first question anymore.

The big issue here is that the media goes after a seat in that briefing room like it's gold only to find out that Bush stuffed it with his own guy. The media is pissed -- the coveted seats are not going to real reporters and this once again tarnishes the reputation of the media after those two columnists admitted to getting paid by the admin. This is going to have legs if only because it hits at the heart of the first amendment and the people that amendment protects. At least that's what I hope.

The other issue is that this is easy to understand. The guy is clearly a plant. There are no "torture is ok sometimes" documents to muddy the water, no complicated bills in Congress, no foreign countries involved, simple straight and easy. Blow job, press pass. Both are easy to understand.

The NY Times already ran a story on this guy even though the original news broke Tuesday morning on a blog. Less than a week and easy to explain...this one may not go away.
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Lately, the media's been very passive when it comes to Social Security. Letting all Repubs, including the president, routinely get away with the line that SS will be "flat broke" by 2042, which is not the truth. I don't think it's because they're scared of the president or this administration...it's just laziness.
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'Gannon' Interview: No Plame Subpoena, No Tie to White House, He Says

By Joe Strupp

Published: February 11, 2005 4:05 PM ET

NEW YORK In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with E&P today, former White House reporter Jeff Gannon, whose real name is James D. Guckert, revealed that, contrary to many media reports, he has not been subpoenaed in the Valerie Plame/CIA case.

He also threw into question media accounts suggesting that he had seen a classified CIA document critical to the Plame case, saying he had made references to the “internal memo,” but adding, “I never said I had it or had seen it.” But when asked if he had in fact seen it, he declined to say.

Gannon/Guckert earlier this week resigned his reporting position for Talon News, a Web site run by a Republican activist.

In the interview with E&P, Guckert also:

• explicitly denied ties to White House officials,and claimed he had met Karl Rove just once, at a party;

• said that the presidential press conference two weeks ago that brought him to public attention was not the first he had attended, but rather the fourth, and that he’d managed to ask President Bush a question once before; and

• acknowledged he had been turned down for a Capitol Hill press pass not once but multiple times.

Guckert quit earlier this week after bloggers revealed that he had been reporting from the White House under an alias. They also alleged that he might have been “planted” by White House operatives to provide a positive spin for the administration, and they showed that he had helped set up several sexually oriented Web sites. His connections to the Plame case have now gained increasing attention.

Although Press Secretary Scott McClellan and others at the White House knew that Gannon was not his real name, they always referred to him by that name, he said in the interview. "My professional name is Jeff Gannon, and that is what people called me,” he explained, adding, in an odd reference, “It is like Kirk Douglas, they do not refer to him when they meet him by his real name."

Guckert said he was 47 years old, had never been married, and has no children. He revealed that he'd used the Gannon name since 2001 and vowed to keep using it. "Absolutely; it is my professional name,” he said. “I would be throwing away all of the things I built up over the past few years if I stopped using it."
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This interview goes over what he says, now this is important because he may well be lying through his teeth, what evidence is there that he is a Karl Rove plant?
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