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Media Matters Asks Scott McClellan to Consider Revoking White House Press Credentials of Talon News
.usnewswire.com ^ | 2/1/2005 | David Brock and Melissa Salmanowitz of Media Matters

Posted on 02/01/2005 8:26:41 PM PST by Jim Robinson

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Media Matters for America sent a letter yesterday (January 31) to White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan asking him to consider revoking the White House press credentials apparently granted to Jeff Gannon, the Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for Talon News, a self-proclaimed news organization that in reality is little more than a partisan activist group.

On the heels of the growing scandal surrounding the Bush administration's use of fake "news" reports, the hiring of conservative columnists to promote its policies without public disclosure, and payola to conservative commentators, Media Matters for America suggested that McClellan consider the implications of credentialing a partisan operative disguised as a journalist in the White House press briefings.

Following is the text of the letter Media Matters for America President and CEO David Brock sent to McClellan

(Excerpt) Read more at releases.usnewswire.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brock; davidbrock; gannon; jeffgannon; mediamatters; talonnews

1 posted on 02/01/2005 8:26:42 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: All

See also:

'N.Y. Times' Offers Correction on Maggie Gallagher Editorial (she charged "reckless disregard")

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1334005/posts


2 posted on 02/01/2005 8:28:26 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

"...consider the implications of credentialing a partisan operative disguised as a journalist..."

Like 90% of the liberal news media that shills for the Democrat party?


3 posted on 02/01/2005 8:29:46 PM PST by MisterRepublican (Liberalism kills.)
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To: Jim Robinson

By this logic, McClellan should be revoking the credentials of the NYT, the LA Slimes, the Washington ComPost and the alphabet networks too!

Not to mention those 'objective' (laugh-chuckle-snort) pundits from 'Media Matters', LMAO!


4 posted on 02/01/2005 8:30:50 PM PST by Mad Mammoth
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To: MisterRepublican
Brock needs to pop some Midol.
5 posted on 02/01/2005 8:30:55 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Proud American chauvinist)
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To: Jim Robinson

As Opinion Journal's James Taranto put it recently:

"MediaMatters.org--tirelessly exposing conservative bias by conservative commentators for over 1/129th of a century."


6 posted on 02/01/2005 8:31:34 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Jim Robinson
Oh my gosh.. Let's wipe out all the partisan press credentials. I mean, why stop just with conservative groups. How about the papers from China?

Oh, right, it's just conservatives who have to walk on eggshells BECAUSE WE WON EVERYTHING! We hold the House, the Senate, the White House, so thus, we must be quiet little mice.

Pull CBS's credentials now.
7 posted on 02/01/2005 8:32:33 PM PST by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: Jim Robinson

My My Jim what is the world comeing too,hiring conservative news men to report on the White House. Tsk Tsk


8 posted on 02/01/2005 8:32:34 PM PST by cksharks (ew prayers for them because they will need it.)
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To: MisterRepublican

my thoughts exactly. I'd suggest pulling the credentials for NPR first. As an organization *paid for* by government money, they would have a clear conflict of interest and should have their credntials yanked immediately.


9 posted on 02/01/2005 8:32:34 PM PST by Tall_Texan (Let's REALLY Split The Country! (http://righteverytime3.blogspot.com))
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To: Jim Robinson

LOL...David Brock is one to talk!

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020527&s=hitchens


10 posted on 02/01/2005 8:32:52 PM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: Jim Robinson

While he's at it, he can show that dreadful old hag Helen Thomas the door!


11 posted on 02/01/2005 8:33:59 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (Stop Hillary - PEGGY NOONAN '08)
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To: Jim Robinson
CBS/NBC/ABC/CNN/NYT/LAT/PBS/REUTERS a self-proclaimed news organization that in reality is little more than a partisan activist group.
12 posted on 02/01/2005 8:34:32 PM PST by swilhelm73 (Appeasers believe that if you keep on throwing steaks to a tiger, the tiger will become a vegetarian)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jeff is getting a lot of free publicity. As if anybody at the whitehouse cares what some bunch of lunatic lefty monkeys thinks...


13 posted on 02/01/2005 8:44:13 PM PST by agitator (...And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark)
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To: Jim Robinson

"a self-proclaimed news organization that in reality is little more than a partisan activist group"

As if that doesn't describe just about EVERY news organization in the friggin' country. What a joke. Looks like the libs are trying to shut the conservatives up in the media now. How long before they're going to start intimidating blogs and places like FR?


14 posted on 02/01/2005 8:47:26 PM PST by Trippin
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To: Aussie Dasher
They did,

and she broke it.

15 posted on 02/01/2005 8:52:57 PM PST by SmithL (ex-Boomer Rider)
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To: SmithL

And how many mirrors?

That woman's got a head like a busted a*sehole.


16 posted on 02/01/2005 8:57:07 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (Stop Hillary - PEGGY NOONAN '08)
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To: Jim Robinson

I think NPR needs to have all of its press credentials revoked


17 posted on 02/01/2005 9:24:56 PM PST by GeronL (I am NOT the real bin Laden)
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To: Jim Robinson

What a joke! Media Matters can go to hell! Are these people crazy? All left wing reporters should be banned. They should have to get their news second hand from someone who can report just the facts. That witch Helen Thomas should have been kicked out years ago!


18 posted on 02/01/2005 9:25:17 PM PST by Proud Conservative2 (Gun control means being able to hit your target...)
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To: Jim Robinson

Media matters seems to be under the mistaken impression that they make press policy for this administration. Why on earth would it be any of their business in the first place?
Brock: Sit down, shut up, take notes, report...and try to get it right.


19 posted on 02/01/2005 9:36:12 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Grateful Heart Tour 2005)
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To: Jim Robinson; Howlin; TankerKC; Buckhead
a self-proclaimed news organization that in reality is little more than a partisan activist group.

Sounds like CBS.

20 posted on 02/01/2005 9:48:26 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Andrew Heyward's got to go!)
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To: Jim Robinson; Howlin; TankerKC; Buckhead
a self-proclaimed news organization that in reality is little more than a partisan activist group.

Sounds like CBS.

21 posted on 02/01/2005 9:48:26 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Andrew Heyward's got to go!)
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To: Proud Conservative2
DAVID BROCK WAS COMMITTED TO MENTAL WARD
22 posted on 02/01/2005 9:54:37 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Jim Robinson

Use the plagiarism software that professors employ to check students' termpapers to trace the MediaMatters press releases during the campaign directly into the words and stories that quickly appeared in the MSM. I've informally traced several. IT'S A MAJOR EXPOSE TO BE HAD of the mimeo machine that much of the MSM is for the DNC/Kerry/Soros campaign.


23 posted on 02/01/2005 9:56:28 PM PST by USMCVIETVET
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To: Jim Robinson
"Media Matters for America suggested that McClellan consider the implications of credentialing a partisan operative disguised as a journalist in the White House press briefings."

LOL, as if 90% of the other reporters who have White House credentials aren't partisan leftist operatives disguised as journalist who attend the White House press briefings?

ROFLMAO, I bet Media Matters thinks Helen Thomas is fair and balanced :-)

24 posted on 02/01/2005 10:40:51 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: Jim Robinson
From Media Matters Website:

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Conservative misinformation is defined as news or commentary presented in the media that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda.

For the first time, Media Matters for America has put in place a system to monitor the media for conservative misinformation -- every day, in real time -- in 2004 and beyond.

No political bias there.... no sirreee Bob, no bias there

25 posted on 02/01/2005 10:47:02 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Thanks a million for posting this!


26 posted on 02/02/2005 4:05:58 AM PST by Proud Conservative2 (Gun control means being able to hit your target...)
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To: Jim Robinson
and payola to conservative commentators

A group that issues a press release with the word "payola" in it wants to be taken seriously? I can't seriously think of the last time I used that word, but I bet it was sometime before I entered high school.

Get bent, Brock.

27 posted on 02/02/2005 7:52:39 AM PST by detsaoT (insert hot-button issue here.)
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To: WestTexasWend

OMG, wouldn't you just D-I-E if Christopher Hitchens went after you like he went after Brock in that article????

Can you be "pistol whipped" with a word processor?


28 posted on 02/02/2005 8:07:32 AM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: Howlin

"Can you be "pistol whipped" with a word processor?"

LOL...seems so! Or maybe in Brock's case, "bi+ch-slapped".


29 posted on 02/02/2005 8:28:43 AM PST by WestTexasWend
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To: WestTexasWend

A very deserving thrashing if I've ever seen one.


30 posted on 02/02/2005 8:32:03 AM PST by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- and a Bush Republican!!!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Hey Scott:


31 posted on 02/02/2005 8:38:03 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: Lazamataz

Limbaugh's talking about this now, and having a lot of fun at the MSM's expense.


32 posted on 02/02/2005 10:10:37 AM PST by mewzilla (Has CBS retracted the story yet?)
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To: mewzilla

When I vist DU, they can't stop talking about the VWRC in the media; Fox and Murdoch. How they own ^all^ the propaganda tools and the left (well, the way-far-out left) has no voice in the MSM. The VWRC controls it all!

Now, this one correspondent needs to get tossed from the WH press corps so that...what?...the other VWRC reporters can ask questions? Wassupwiddat?

Doesn't saying things like "softball questions during a contentious press briefing" just indicate that *their* ideologues and sycophants are actually the rest of the corps?

Democrats: Being consistent in their inconsistencies.


33 posted on 02/02/2005 12:33:26 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (lex orandi, lex credendi)
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