2005/02/10

Another Bush Tool Bites the Dust



In a letter to President Bush, Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat, questioned why James Guckert, who reported from the White House for the Talon News Service under the name "Jeff Gannon," routinely received credentials for White House news briefings. Slaughter linked Guckert's case to recent revelations that two conservative columnists who supported Bush administration policies had received government money.

"It appears that 'Mr. Gannon's' presence in the White House press corps was merely as a tool of propaganda for your administration," Slaughter wrote.

The White House had no comment. CNN

On January 31st, David Brock of Media Matters
wrote a letter to Scott McClellan, the White House Press Secretary, asking him to revoke Mr. Gannon's press credentials because "Mr. Gannon and Talon News appear to be political activists rather than actual journalists, and as such should not be presented to the public as an independent news agency." Mr. Brock also brought up the fact that a few of Mr. Gannon's "articles are frequently little more than reprints of White House press releases and fact sheets...I understand that your office issues press releases with the hope that reporters quote them. But surely you understand that when Mr. Gannon's "articles" lift heavily from President Bush's statements without directly disclosing that the words are the president's, not Mr. Gannon's, he is working not as a journalist but as an agent of the White House."
Fake Ass Talon News

On January 10, 2005 Conservative talking head Armstrong Williams apologized for not disclosing a $240,000 payment from a PR agency hired by the Department of Education to promote the No Child Left Behind Act.

On January 26, 2005 Syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher also apologized for failing to disclose a contract valued at $21,500 with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote Bush's $300 million "Promote Marriage" initiative.

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1 Comments:

Check out Guckert's personal AOL website where he poses in his underwear:
http://members.aol.com/jdg17/
(be sure to click on his frat house link)

And his other website, where he posted his overly-dramatic and silly announcement:
http://www.jeffgannon.com/

And don't forget the domain names he owns:
Hotmilitarystud.com
Militaryescorts.com
Militaryescortsm4m.com

LOL yeah, he's a "journalist"
 

Posted by Sarah
2/10/2005 09:06:00 pm  

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