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Jeff Gannon, Ace Reporter
So this guy Jeff Gannon shows up at the White House and wants press credentials so that he can attend the President's press conference. But his real name isn't Jeff Gannon, and he isn't really a reporter, although he's been playing one on the internet for a few months. His experience as a journalist seems to consist of posting slightly reworded Republican press releases on the website of Talon News, which is a conservative news outlet that hardly anyone has heard of (and which is also a barely disguised front organization for Republican activists). Oh, and this Gannon character also claims to be a born-again, bible-thumping, red-necked conservative, but he also seems to be connected to the gay porn industry. So what does the White House do when this guy approaches them? Well, they immediately give him press credentials, of course, and allow him to attend the president's Jan. 26 press conference, during which the president actually calls on him and Gannon proceeds to ask a strange, kiss-ass question about how it's possible for republicans to work with democrats since democrats are so 'divorced from reality'. I can only see one possibility--that Gannon was a republican shill. A fake reporter planted in the audience in order to ask softball questions. Very strange. But Gannon himself sounds like such an unusual and contradictory character that you have to wonder if he was simply the pawn in some kind of Manchurian Candidate type of situation... a struggling gay porn actor brainwashed and transformed into an ultra-conservative republican white house reporter.
Categories: JournalismPolitics
Posted by The Curator on Fri Feb 11, 2005
No, I do not assume that Republicans are always sincere, any more than Democrats are always sincere. I do assume that Republicans are no stupidier than the general population. And it would be stupid for a prominate producer/actor, or whatever this Gannon guy is, in the porn industry to believe he can successfully keep people from discovering it. Especially popping his head up like he did in that news conference. Whoever it was that got him there wasn't thinking, which is why I tend to think the whole thing was a dirty trick. And a very successful one. From what I understand, this Gannon guy had his website for only a short time before he got selected to get his press pass and ask "the question." That short time is more likely to be for a cover than a real belief system, unless you can show that he has held these beliefs he says he has for a long time before starting up the website. No one has shown me any reason to not suspect a political dirty trick. Republicans do them and Democracts do them. Why do you assume that Democrats don't have the political savy to pull a dirty trick?
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  04:55 PM
Here's a twist. A pronographer that revealed she was Republican, and got fired for it.

The Drudge Dude...

Why, Christopher, do YOU always assume that anything which goes against your selected political leanings HAS to be a dirty trick by the opposing party (or parties, as the case may be)?

"Why do you assume that Democrats don't have the political savy to pull a dirty trick?" - CC
Umm, nobody said that, Chris.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  05:20 PM
haa hAA!

I said "pronographer".

smile
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  05:27 PM
Granted no one said that, but everyone keeps stopping at the curtain and I keep asking "what if there is a man behind the curtain?" and everyone says "there is no man behind the curtain because the trail ends at the curtain." I keep saying that if this is a dirty trick, it is a good one, it has almost everyone stopped at the curtain. I'm praising the Democrats and slamming the Republicans for letting it happen to them. And I haven't said one word that I can remember about my political philosophy. Since this forum is the only contact you have with me, you may or may not believe me when I say I often ask questions or bring up points just to get them considered, not because I believe in them. If you were here you could ask at my church where I do this sort of thing all the time. However, as I mentioned, you can believe or not.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  10:00 PM
This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.
Posted by Rod  in  the land of smarties.  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  10:26 PM
Christopher Cole said:

"Granted no one said that, but everyone keeps stopping at the curtain and I keep asking "what if there is a man behind the curtain?" and everyone says "there is no man behind the curtain because the trail ends at the curtain."

Oh, there most certainly IS a "man behind the curtain" and his name is Karl Rove.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Apr 12, 2005  at  03:20 AM
Christopher Cole said:

"No, I do not assume that Republicans are always sincere, any more than Democrats are always sincere. I do assume that Republicans are no stupidier than the general population. And it would be stupid for a prominate producer/actor, or whatever this Gannon guy is, in the porn industry to believe he can successfully keep people from discovering it."

Clearing things up, he wasn't a "producer/actor." He was a guy who ran websites like hotmilitarystuds.com, etc. If you've been following the story closely, you'd see that he's a pretty arrogant asshole. He seems to be as much of an attention whore as he is a REGULAR whore.

"From what I understand, this Gannon guy had his website for only a short time before he got selected to get his press pass and ask "the question." That short time is more likely to be for a cover than a real belief system, unless you can show that he has held these beliefs he says he has for a long time before starting up the website."

Not exactly accurate. You might want to check out Americablog and dailykos.com for the details, but he had at least some of the websites up for at least several months prior to him asking "the question." Actually, "the question" is only relevant because it was what made people finally ask who he was. He was attending White House press briefings for two years at that point, on "daily passes" which are not normally given day in, day out to any other "reporter."

Oh, by the way, when he first started attending the briefings, Talon News, which he "reported" for didn't even exist yet. In other words, when he first became a White House "reporter," he had no one to "report" for! Good trick to get a White House press pass day in and day out when you don't even have an employer. No other "reporter" seems to have been able to do that.

"No one has shown me any reason to not suspect a political dirty trick. Republicans do them and Democracts do them."

Nor have you shown any evidence that it is anything other than what it appears to be: a self-hating gay man who aligns himself with the GOP for self-aggrandizement purposes and who fucked up by being too over-the-top.

"Why do you assume that Democrats don't have the political savy to pull a dirty trick?"

I don't, but you haven't shown anything resembling evidence that they perpetrated THIS particular dirty trick.

Seriously, go to Americablog and dailykos.com and see the extensive coverage they have given this story and the facts that they've uncovered. See if your opinion changes after reading that material.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Apr 12, 2005  at  03:38 AM
All I wanted was consideration of the possibility that this could be a dirty trick. If it was, it was a good one. If this Gannon guy had been working this for two years before he got exposed as a fake, he probably wasn't a plant. Although the Soviets laid moles for longer periods for their stunts on occasion.

If it was a dirty trick, it worked damn well. The Republicans are standing around with mud all over their faces. If it was for real, then this Gannon guy had to be stupid to think he could get away with popping the question like he did and get off scot free.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Tue Apr 12, 2005  at  10:06 PM
Christopher Cole said:

"All I wanted was consideration of the possibility that this could be a dirty trick. If it was, it was a good one. If this Gannon guy had been working this for two years before he got exposed as a fake, he probably wasn't a plant. Although the Soviets laid moles for longer periods for their stunts on occasion."

Yes, I promise you it's true that "Gannon" was getting into the White House for two years on what are *supposed* to be day passes. He's admitted that much. That makes it look certain that someone inside the House was letting him get in, which raises interesting questions.

"If it was a dirty trick, it worked damn well. The Republicans are standing around with mud all over their faces. If it was for real, then this Gannon guy had to be stupid to think he could get away with popping the question like he did and get off scot free."

I think you've basically answered your own question. He really does come off as an arrogant asshole. COULD the Democrats have set it up? Sure. DID they? Well, there's no evidence that they did and all the existing evidence suggests that they didn't.

As for it being "effective," was it really? Since the TV news is where most Americans get their information from and since TV news barely covered the story, most Americans have no idea who "Jeff Gannon" is, so I don't think that it had ANY effect, positive or negative, on the average person's opinion of the Republicans.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Apr 13, 2005  at  03:02 AM
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