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Posted on 02/09/2005 6:14:00 PM PST by KidGlock
Congresswoman Asks for Probe After 'Gannon' Quits WH Reporting Post
By Joe Strupp
Published: February 09, 2005 updated 2:00 PM ET
NEW YORK Jeff Gannon, the controversial reporter for conservative Web site Talon News who drew complaints for gaining access to White House press events, resigned from his job last night amid liberal blogs' allegations about his real name and his personal and professional life.
Today, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to President Bush asking him to "address the matter" in light of "mounting evidence that your Administration has, on several occasions, paid members of the media to advocate in favor of Administration policies."
Last night, in a message on his Web site (www.jeffgannon.com), Gannon announced: "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."
In an e-mail to E&P last Friday, not published until now, Gannon wrote: "Much has been made about whether I use a professional name or not, but I am reluctant to provide information one way or another because of the threats that have been made against my person, property and family in both internet postings ... as well as in e-mails that I have forwarded to law enforcement. I'm sure you understand."
E&P has not been able to reach Gannon again today.
Gannon, whose real name, according to investigators at DailyKos and other blogs, is James "J.D." Guckert, first gained attention several weeks ago when he asked a question at a presidential press conference that some in the press corps considered so friendly it might have been planted. Later it was revealed by E&P that Gannon had been turned down last year for a congressional press pass because he could not prove his employer was a valid news organization. That denial barred him from receiving a White House "hard pass," allowing regular access to White House press events.
But Gannon had been obtaining daily White House press passes, a situation that had irked some veteran White House reporters who also questioned his credentials or considered him to be too partisan in his questioning.
Gannon's refusal to deny he used a fake name sparked investigations by a number of blogs, including Daily Kos, Eschaton, and World O' Crap, that probed his true identity. In addition, those sites posted allegations yesterday that Web sites such as hotmilitarystud.com, militaryescorts.com, and militaryescortsm4m.com, were registered to the same owner as Gannon's personal Web site, according to the blog MediaCitizen.
In her letter to President Bush, Rep. Slaughter charged that "it appears that 'Mr. Gannon's' presence in the White House press corps was merely as a tool of propaganda for your Administration."
Dan Froomkin, the Washington Post columnist, said today in an online chat, "I had less of a beef with Gannon than I did with the folks who actually on him (at press conferences)." He said "the heat should be on" Bush spokesman Scott McClellan: "Why did he call on Gannon? Did they ever pre-arrange anything? Did they have contact with his parent organization?"
Another intriguing issue is his involvement, along with better known Robert Novak, Judith Miller and others, in the Valerie Plame/CIA episode. His name turned up on a list of reporters targeted for questioning by the federal prosecutor in the case. Froomkin of the The Washington Post wrote last spring that "the reason Gannon is on the list is most likely an attempt to find out who gave him a secret memo that he mentioned in an interview he had with Plame's husband, former ambassador and administration critic Joseph Wilson."
The Talon News site today scrubbed its archives of many "Gannon" articles and removed his biography.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joe Strupp (email@example.com) is a senior editor at E&P.
Pingeroonie! I am sure I missed some folks, so ping anyone you think might be interested.
"Hey, Weesie, I'll worry about this after the 'Rat party explains MoveOn.Org, George Soros, Michael "FatHead" Moore, etc. The best to ya, GWB."
They considered him too partisan to question? How's that?
And pray tell, who are the MSM tooling their propaganda for?
Any pretense that they are anything more than mouthpieces for an America hating cabal has long since disappeared.
How convenient they now try and sink their talon(s) in someone at least as 'honorable' as they.
Oh my... let's all play "telephone" among devoted MSM groupies. This is another "it goes to the top" Dem ploy. Well, Jeff Gannon is paying a price in order that Dems get excited. Bite-back is sure gonna hurt them, tho.
Yes, none of us would ever have the thoughts we have unless they were "planted".
Well, compared to this, Dan Rather's effort to use phony documents to throw a Presidential election is just child's play.
A Plame/Wilson connection????????
What about the fact that Hitlery and others (Joe Biden?) actually subsidize "Air America" and other leftist radio ventures?
You mean we have to have a congressional investigation because ONE reporter actually questioned Bush without insinuating he is a liar, doesn't as Bush to name any and all mistakes he has made over his WHOLE life, and doens't even ask whether Bush ever reported for duty in Alabama.
Because Jeff Gannon wasn't obviously out to play GOTCHA journalism, they are SURE that Bush himself planted this guy and paid him to ask "friendly" questions----
Okay--if I were Bush, this is what I would do---next time Scott McClellen is supposed to go to Press Room for the daily press briefing, I (Bush) would go in instead with the letter this witch congresswoman wrote, hold it up while slamming my other had down on the podium and I would say---
I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP FROM YOU THE MEDIA, AND FROM THE DEMOCRATS----HOW MUCH OF YOU LOSE, I WIN, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND!!!!
Why should the President address the matter?
I am becoming convinced as the day rolls on this has to do with the Plame investigation closing in and they are lashing out per the usual playbook.
I'll find some links to an article or two about this "secret memo" that will give proper background so people know what these dems are up to now.
I have not heard about fake names....seems like the liberal main stream media gimps don't want anyone, no matter what their name is, that is gonna report the truth of an issue.
This was on talonnews.com
Statement concerning former Washington, DC correspondent Jeff Gannon
Talon News Washington, DC reporter and White House Correspondent Jeff Gannon submitted his resignation from our organization effective February 8, 2005.
I understand and support Jeff's decision, and have accepted the resignation.
We are currently evaluating candidates to fill this critical assignment, and anticipate minimal interruption of Talon's coverage of our nation's capitol and the White House in the meantime.
-- Robert R. Eberle, Ph.D.
Editor in Chief, Talon News
This story isn't going to go away for a while, it seems.
It would only be fair for Bush to address the matter since Bubba spent so much time addressing why Helen Thomas was so biased.
What's that about?
I don't see how that could be true?
Would the White House let people in the same room as the president without some kind of background or ID check?
"including Daily Kos, Eschaton, and World O' Crap, that probed his true identity. In addition, those sites posted allegations yesterday that Web sites such as hotmilitarystud.com, militaryescorts.com, and militaryescortsm4m.com, were registered to the same owner as Gannon's personal Web site, according to the blog MediaCitizen."
These are the guys they quote!
Are you kidding me!
I would bet money that the owner of websites is the company that has the domains of all sorts of sites.
It is odd that E&P is citing chatboard allegations of that sort.
I won't be here too much tomorrow. I will be at my son's using his computer, which is a bit slow. I will try and check in and see what's going on.
Now I need to go to bed. Good night!
The keep mentioning that DailyKOS web site.
ISN'T THE SITE THAT WAS BUSTED FOR TAKING MONEY FROM THE HOWARD DEAN CAMPAIGN WHILE REFUSING TO ENDORSE OTHER CANDIDATES?
If so, why is E&P not talking about it.
I made the same point on another thread today.
The biggest question at this point to me seems to be his true name vs. a pseudonym.
You missed me but thats ok.;^)
So it seems Mr Gannon may get some attention anyway.Thats sure gonna tick of somebody even more.
I don't get it. Reporters are allowed to plant questions with soldiers talking to the SOD, but if a REPORTER ask a question it's a "plant"?
First of all - where DO all the reporters get their questions, anyway? From editors, from readers and listeners, and from the daily DNC talking points fax, that's who. Those aren't "plants" I suppose.
So, who is more honest here?
I'll be at school until around 2:00 so I guess we'll both have some catching up to do later tomorrow. 'night
It won't go away because Kerry lost the election, the Dems lost seats in both Houses, Rather will retire with egg on his
face, and the Iraq election was a success. It sucks to be them and they have to grab any straw.
I don't know why, but I like the last part. Plus, two predictions. 1. Nobody swings for outing Plame, and 2. Bill Cosby is in some deep do do.
It's only OK if every last person at a WH press event is a flaming liberal. Keith Olberman on PMSNBC was frothing at the mouth over this tonight...he had on the odious Dana Milbank.
Pot, meet kettle.
Not touching this title with a ten foot probe.
"Why should the President address the matter?"
The Gannon guy was not on a perm. press pass.
He went in there on day passes.
Anybody who set up a web site and showed that they were a news site.....or set up a newspaper...no matter what the size...could possibly get a day pass.
Mr. President, will you answer the question?
Bush has a special talent for avoiding tough questions and reporters who ask them. Here's what the White House press corps should do to smoke him out.
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By Dan Froomkin
Olberman lost any credibility when he covered for Dan Rather. He still thinks that the memos are real.
He is a loon.
Bush Atty. Gen. Nominee Gonzalez Fought to Hide Bush Drunk Driving Arrest
November 16, 2004
By: Joe Strupp
Editor and Publisher
Dan Froomkin, the Washington Post columnist...
Froomkin ???? HOW believable is that name ????? I could go my whole life AND never hear such a Goofy Name. Even the SPELL CHECKER QUESTIONED IT !
I am currently reading Chernow's "Alexander Hamilton." According to this book, Thomas Jefferson kept a newspaper writer on the State Department payroll who performed no work at the State Department, but did publish articles that mercilessly lambasted Hamilton.
If DailyKOS was on the Howard Dean Express payroll....
Is it not possible that its web site is working hand in hand with democrats and the main stream media liberal.
Heck, he might even be on the take from Olberman. Coordinating with the whole lot of them.
Maybe it's time to take a good look at that site...and see who they really are.
On another thread about this matter, a freeper who is monitoring the DailyKOS site says they are bragging about signing up here.
Like we hadn't figured that was happening within 10 minutes this morning.
So we're monitoring them and they're monitoring us. Hah!
Gannon, whose real name, according to investigators at DailyKos and other blogs, is James "J.D." Guckert,
Funny how the left and some on the right are just drooling over this. They both think this is their chance to "get Bush" and for a few kooks, even impeach him. The lefties think this is their chance to destroy Bush with this base. Those on the right who are eating this story up think this is their chance to convince the "true conservatives" to leave the Republican Party and join them because the "evil NeoCons" are nothing but liars, crooks, and more devious than Clinton ever was.
So it looks like Editor and Publisher is a liberal rag.
They probably have strategy meetings with Howard Dean.
December 31, 2003
The Washington Post reported Friday that according to their sources, the Central Intelligence Agency believes people in the Bush administration are continuing to release classified information to damage figures at the center of the Niger "yellowcake" controversy.
According to the Washington Post story, the CIA has alleged that one or more senior administration officials revealed the name of a covert operative to columnist Robert Novak. The complaint has led to an FBI investigation of the White House to determine circumstances surrounding the release of the identity of Valerie Plame to the media.
Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, claims someone at the White House sought to destroy his wife's career because of the report he filed after his mission to Africa in 2002. Wilson disputed the administration's statements about Saddam Hussein's efforts to buy uranium from Niger to advance his WMD programs.
The Washington Post cites an unnamed source who says, "The CIA is angry about the circulation of a still-classified document to conservative news outlets." They point to a memo referenced in a Talon News interview of Wilson that suggests his wife was instrumental in his selection for the fact-finding trip to Africa.
Talon News was the only service identified by the Washington Post as having knowledge of the memo's existence. The newspaper goes on to say that CIA officials have challenged the accuracy of the document purportedly written by a State Department official who works for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Jeff Gannon, the White House correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for Talon News declined to reveal whether he had seen the memo or had its contents described to him.
While he would not disclose his source, Gannon said, "I will tell you that the information did not come from inside the administration."
"For something that is supposed to be classified, it seems that this document is easily accessible," Gannon added. "Washington is leaking like a cheap umbrella. Just look at what's happening over on Capitol Hill."
Gannon was referring to private Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committee memos that have been leaked to various media outlets in the last few months.
Gannon's exclusive interview with Wilson focused on the many unanswered questions about the "outing" of his wife.
Gannon points out that other possibilities exist which might explain how Plame's name was revealed without the malice that Wilson believes was retribution for his decision to go public with criticism of the White House.
"When Bob Novak asked why a known partisan like Wilson would be sent on a critical mission to help the administration build its case to go to war with Iraq, the answer might have been that his wife got him the job, not realizing her identity was classified," Gannon said. "It's not as if nepotism is unheard of in Washington."
The Talon News reporter added, "Some people out there see a clandestine war going on between the White House and the CIA. It is generally perceived that a substantial amount of blame for intelligence failures that otherwise might have prevented the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has been laid at the agency's doorstep by the administration. They suggest the agency is fighting back with an allegation of a wrongdoing in the Plame matter."
In related matters, Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the leak investigation on Tuesday and called on Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, to serve as a special prosecutor.
Fitzgerald led the investigation of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, who was charged with 22 counts of corruption.
In a Tuesday press conference, Deputy Attorney General James Comey said that Ashcroft's decision was not based on a conflict of interest but rather the desire to eliminate any appearance of conflict or favoritism.
"The attorney general in an abundance of caution believed that his recusal was appropriate based on the totality of the circumstances and the facts and evidence developed at this stage of the investigation," Comey said. "I agree with that judgment."
I'll see if I can find Jeff Gannon's piece about his exclusive with Wilson.
A freeper sent me private mail today that she's been monitoring that site for a year. She said it's obvious they've become much more organized in the last 2-3 months. The Howard Dean for DNC Chairman effect?
Oh, on MSNBC it was reported that some hack thinks this will be Bush's Watergate. LOL
How could he use a fake name and get access to the White House.
The fake name part of the story does not ring true to me.
Well, I am still waiting for the Rats to condemn what Jefferson did.
Is that what all this stuff is?
No way. Those lib gimps think that this is something they could go after the President with....
There is no way something like this has anything to do with the President.
They really have gone off the liberal deep end.
It's like the prescription health costs issue today.
Whether you are for it or against the plan....
Does not change the fact how idiotic democraps look right now.
THEY WERE THE ONES PUSHING FOR A BIGGER AND MORE EXPENSIVE PLAN THAN WHAT THE PRESIDENT PUT UP?
BTW, The President only proposed legislation....it is eventually written by Congress......just in case any liberals needed to know.
What a joke! They call themselves "probing" Gannon. ROFLOL!
We got Dan Rather, they got "Jeff Gannon".