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Conservative Reporter Resigns Amid Controversy (NPR joins all-out war on conservative reporters)
NPR - All Things Considered ^ | February 9, 2005 | David Folkenflik

Posted on 02/09/2005 8:19:29 PM PST by tgslTakoma

All Things Considered, February 9, 2005 · A reporter for the conservative news site TalonNews.com resigns. The reporter, who went by the pseudonym Jeff Gannon, drew critical attention at President Bush's Jan. 26 press conference when he referred in question to Democrats "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality" on the issue of retooling Social Security.

Liberal bloggers have disclosed that Gannon, who has little previous journalism experience, was easily granted a coveted White House press pass -- even though he did not work for a traditional or established news organization. He also routinely asked "softball" questions at press conferences. There are also allegations that Gannon is linked to Web sites with homoerotic themes.

Gannon spoke with NPR's David Folkenflik the day before he resigned. He says he is open about his conservative point of view, but that he is just as valid a journalist as other reporters in the White House press corps.


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So another member of the wildly left-wing media monopoly chimes in with delight at their chance to help the conscienceless Democrat party continue their politics of personal destruction.

What was Jeff Gannon's capital crime, that set the animals in the radically left-wing media and the insane lefty bloggers loose on Jeff?

He asked questions in the White House Press Briefings that were not on their approved list. He dared to ask questions from a conservative perspective. In his questions, he dared to make fun of the leftists who were out of touch with reality.

And because of that, Jeff Gannon is targeted for destruction, professional and personal. Take no prisoners, leave no survivors.

So far NPR, MSNBC (Olberman), the Washington Post (Dana Milbank) and others in the left-wing media have gleefully joined in the rush to report this story, and they gorge themselves on this fresh kill, with the stench of blood oozing from their double-standard spewing mouths.

In their narrow little left-heavy minds, it's OK to go after conservatives, it's OK to dig into their personal lives and report on allegations, it's OK to destroy anyone who does not march in lockstep with "mainstream media." And God help anyone who dares to do similar with their heroes.

Is this OK with us? I don't think so.

1 posted on 02/09/2005 8:19:29 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Did All Things Considered do a piece on Bill Moyers lies?


2 posted on 02/09/2005 8:22:48 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead (I believe in American Exceptionalism! Do you?)
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To: tgslTakoma
Why did Mr. Gannon let the "clymers get to him?

Gannon was the best reporter the White House Press Corps has had in a very very long time. Hope he gets hired quickly by some very savvy news organization.

3 posted on 02/09/2005 8:23:04 PM PST by harpo11
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To: tgslTakoma

No one is surprised by this, this is all they have left is to dig into the personal lives of anyone who is not in lockstep with them. It would be a shame if people on the right started doing digging on the reporters on the left. a real shame.


4 posted on 02/09/2005 8:25:58 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: tgslTakoma
The DLM (defeated liberal media) are fighting for their existence, and it is inevitable that they are going to be absolutely irrelevant in the next few years.
5 posted on 02/09/2005 8:26:07 PM PST by jveritas
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To: tgslTakoma
"Liberal bloggers have disclosed that Gannon, who has little previous journalism experience"

Oh, Ho ho ho, they have disclosed have they NPR? I don't think I've heard "All Things Considered" on NPR, since I was in high school, and a friend had a local university radio show. ATC was always on right before his show, and I used to catch a bit of it. I can still hear the dopey music they used, in the 70's.

6 posted on 02/09/2005 8:27:01 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: tgslTakoma
Jeff Gannon's a freeper.
7 posted on 02/09/2005 8:29:18 PM PST by xjcsa (Everything matters if anything matters at all...)
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To: tgslTakoma

What's up with Olberman? When he was on ESPN I liked him, but now he is just an ass.


8 posted on 02/09/2005 8:30:03 PM PST by squidward
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To: Jeff Gannon

Sticks and stones


9 posted on 02/09/2005 8:30:59 PM PST by thoughtomator (reporting from Cylon-occupied Caprica)
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To: tgslTakoma
OK, I want my pound of liberal media flesh. Which member of the WH press corpse can we hound out of existence?
10 posted on 02/09/2005 8:31:15 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (Fiscally conservative and morally responsible.)
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To: tgslTakoma

Take note that these are just some of the few lefty imbeciles that are SILENT about Eason Jordan and his outrageous comments that journalists are targeted for assassination by US soldiers.

And what does being gay have to do with him being a journalist?

These lefties don't even realize their blatant hypocrisy.

They jump on a journalist because he's conservative (Gannon) but not on a journalist because he's a fantastical liar (Jordan). They also applaud themselves for their supposed tolerance towards gays, yet "out" a journalist and make it seem like he's a boogeyman.

What idiots.


11 posted on 02/09/2005 8:31:59 PM PST by hansel
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To: tgslTakoma

It's time to petition Congress to end all monetary support of NPR


12 posted on 02/09/2005 8:34:29 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: tgslTakoma

I can't believe everything I've been reading on here tonight.

From the threads I've read so far, it appears to me that the liberal media has waged all out war on Free Republic??? We know they hate the blogs, for doing the job that MSM doesn't do.........

But this latest liberal attack is low, even for them.


13 posted on 02/09/2005 8:36:02 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: tgslTakoma

The reporter, who went by the pseudonym Jeff Gannon,



What was his name?...... do you know?


14 posted on 02/09/2005 8:36:06 PM PST by deport (There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.)
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To: tgslTakoma

Ah, the posthumous dispensing of the label of "journalist" or "reporter".


15 posted on 02/09/2005 8:37:55 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: MJY1288

You are right.


16 posted on 02/09/2005 8:38:28 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: tgslTakoma

<< There are also allegations that Gannon is linked to Web sites with homoerotic themes. >>

"And why not," my neighbor sez?

"I kinda like Homer, meself," he said.

"And Bart, too, come to that.

"And me missus," he went on to say, "does a pretty fine Marge impression."

"Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr."


17 posted on 02/09/2005 8:38:47 PM PST by Brian Allen (I fly and can therefore be envious of no man -- Per Adua Ad Astra!)
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To: tgslTakoma
I couldn't add one word to what you said, and you said it so lucidly, I'm repeating it here for emphasis.

So another member of the wildly left-wing media monopoly chimes in with delight at their chance to help the conscienceless Democrat party continue their politics of personal destruction.

What was Jeff Gannon's capital crime, that set the animals in the radically left-wing media and the insane lefty bloggers loose on Jeff?

He asked questions in the White House Press Briefings that were not on their approved list. He dared to ask questions from a conservative perspective. In his questions, he dared to make fun of the leftists who were out of touch with reality.

And because of that, Jeff Gannon is targeted for destruction, professional and personal. Take no prisoners, leave no survivors.

So far NPR, MSNBC (Olberman), the Washington Post (Dana Milbank) and others in the left-wing media have gleefully joined in the rush to report this story, and they gorge themselves on this fresh kill, with the stench of blood oozing from their double-standard spewing mouths.

In their narrow little left-heavy minds, it's OK to go after conservatives, it's OK to dig into their personal lives and report on allegations, it's OK to destroy anyone who does not march in lockstep with "mainstream media." And God help anyone who dares to do similar with their heroes.

Is this OK with us? I don't think so.

I could not have added one word to your excellent post, except to say that I'm sorry that Jeff resigned. I would hope that more of us could help him fight, and fight back. But the politics of personal destruction had probably already done their worst against him and he felt he was left with no credibility and no option other than to resign. I'm sorry that he did, and I wish him nothing but the best.

18 posted on 02/09/2005 8:39:06 PM PST by TruthNtegrity
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To: tgslTakoma

And .. I believe the other reason they have gone after him so heavily is because Rush has been applauding his questions, especially the one about the liberals "who were out of touch with reality".

Once Rush started making fun of the WH press corp - in concern with Jeff Gannon, the problems started.


19 posted on 02/09/2005 8:39:38 PM PST by CyberAnt (Where are the dem supporters? - try the trash cans in back of the abortion clinics.)
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To: deport

I believe his name is Jeff Gannon, I doubt Talon News would be allowed to have a reporter in the White House under an alias


20 posted on 02/09/2005 8:40:06 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: tgslTakoma

If only the White House WOULD ban ALL biased reporters from the press pool...

Oh, wait, there wouldn't be a press pool.


21 posted on 02/09/2005 8:40:22 PM PST by SolidRedState (I've just peed my pants and no one can do a thing about it.)
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Or Dan Rather, or Eason Jordan's deal with Saddam (to be able to report from Iraq, with a "minder"), or any number of other stories that might show their heroes in an unfavorable light?

I don't know. I won't listen to the BS spewed from NPR. It's bad enough that my tax dollars are funding these soulless, conscienceless miserable excuses for human beings.

The DC Chapters Freep of the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner this year will be very colorful, I'm sure.

22 posted on 02/09/2005 8:41:59 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: harpo11
Their goal was total destruction of a person's life.

The crime? Asking questions from a conservative perspective.

23 posted on 02/09/2005 8:43:37 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: Jeff Gannon

Bummers. We enjoyed having you there for us. Why don't you get a job with Fox or Laura Ingraham radio? I loved ya! Even better, ask the White House to join W's personal communications staff.


24 posted on 02/09/2005 8:45:52 PM PST by bitt (Kerry "Hanoi"s me)
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To: tgslTakoma

WAH! WAH! WAAAaaaaHAAAAA!!!


25 posted on 02/09/2005 8:47:40 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: MJY1288
It's time to petition Congress to end all monetary support of NPR

NPR should never have been allowed to exist. I would like every CongressThief to tell us where in US Constitution does it allow spending on these anti-Freedom parasites; Certainly, not the 10th. I have ZERO faith that ANY program will be eliminated. The Reps in Congress are spineless, weak men. They have no idea what the Founders intended when they created this grand experiment. The NPR is full of liberal parasites who use our hard earn tax dollars to attack the very thing that allows them to spout they sissy garbage -- Capitalism. It is astounding to anyone with a minimal understanding of the way the Founders wanted this Republic to operate, to believe that the likes of the NPR,PBS, etc. wouldn't be defunded and the pensions of the parasites revoked. p.s. even if NPR and PBS were right wing, they still should be defunded and all employees fired. Can someone please tell me when the last time large numbers of government parasites lost their jobs? (beside the ATC in 81)

26 posted on 02/09/2005 8:48:14 PM PST by liberty2004
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To: tgslTakoma
Is this OK with us? I don't think so.

Unfortunately it seems there is a faction of FReeperdom that does think it is OK.

27 posted on 02/09/2005 8:52:22 PM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: liberty2004
I absolutely agree! If a bunch of commies can be govt funded why not patriotic freepers?
28 posted on 02/09/2005 8:53:30 PM PST by nyc freeper
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To: tgslTakoma
The lefty's have opened a can of worms they are going to wish they never opened with this one.
29 posted on 02/09/2005 8:53:48 PM PST by John Lenin (When it hits the fan, where do you go to ?)
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To: Brian Allen

Their are no websites.


30 posted on 02/09/2005 8:54:33 PM PST by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: Pikamax

Welcome to the new world order of leftwing fascism.


31 posted on 02/09/2005 8:55:20 PM PST by Trippin
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To: MJY1288

I agree. Or to petition them to fund one of OUR radio stations. Fair is fair.


32 posted on 02/09/2005 8:56:33 PM PST by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: MJY1288
I believe his name is Jeff Gannon, I doubt Talon News would be allowed to have a reporter in the White House under an alias

Many reporters use a name different from their "legal" name......I know I did when I was a reporter. As long as it is disclosed during the vetting process, there is no problem.

33 posted on 02/09/2005 8:56:58 PM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: Major Matt Mason
Which member of the WH press corpse can we hound out of existence?

So many lefty WH press corps members, so little time...

They will be available for public mocking and ridicule in April, when they dress up in black tie and evening gowns, for their annual dinner in DC. Keep an eye peeled for the DC Chapter Freep announcement... it's always a lot of fun. For us.

35 posted on 02/09/2005 8:57:37 PM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: Gabz

I didn't know that... Thanks!


36 posted on 02/09/2005 8:58:00 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: patco13

OK, I was going on him being called by name and his name credited to his articles. I stand corrected.... Thanks!


37 posted on 02/09/2005 8:59:52 PM PST by MJY1288
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To: MJY1288

Well it's been asserted that Gannon isn't his real name. I don't know as I've not followed this closely.... But others use assumed names....

Jerry Rivers aka Geraldo Rivera


38 posted on 02/09/2005 9:01:06 PM PST by deport (There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.)
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To: tgslTakoma
What was Jeff Gannon's capital crime, that set the animals in the radically left-wing media and the insane lefty bloggers loose on Jeff? He asked questions in the White House Press Briefings that were not on their approved list. He dared to ask questions from a conservative perspective. In his questions, he dared to make fun of the leftists who were out of touch with reality.

This is an excellent post and you make excellent points.

Freepers need to realize if they get too high a profile, if they point out a logical conclusion that the MSM has overlooked, failed to research or doesn't fit the MSM agenda that Freeper is going to be attacked. They are going to be outed if their gay, destroyed if they are behind on their child support payments, villified if they ever had an extramarital affair and branded as a hypocrite if they failed to tithe to the church last month.

This is the tip of the iceberg folks. Stand by for heavy weather.

Regards,

TS

39 posted on 02/09/2005 9:01:31 PM PST by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: xjcsa
Here's Jeff's last FR post.
40 posted on 02/09/2005 9:03:27 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: tgslTakoma

Excuse me...But just DAMN!


41 posted on 02/09/2005 9:04:46 PM PST by lainde ( ...we are not European, we are American, and we have different principles!")
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To: MJY1288

Not a problem. I didn't know it either until I went to change my radio station affiliation for my Delaware State Police issued press pass back in the 80s.

I needed to show ID, my driver's license obviously, and a question was raised because I wanted the pass reissued with the new affiliation under the same name as the old one. My DL had a different name on it....because I had gotten married in between.

In these post 9/11 days, I'm sure it is even much more difficult to do it, but it can be done.


42 posted on 02/09/2005 9:06:20 PM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: Major Matt Mason

Helen Thomas has been moved to the back row.
Heeheehee!


43 posted on 02/09/2005 9:07:21 PM PST by srm913
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To: The Shrew
"This is the tip of the iceberg folks. Stand by for heavy weather."

And we've all known this for quite a while, haven't we? Certainly no reason to get wobbly.

44 posted on 02/09/2005 9:08:00 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Gabz; patco13; deport
From the other thread about this topic:
"....Gannon, whose real name, according to investigators at DailyKos and other blogs, is James "J.D." Guckert...."

Jeff also said that he is "a graduate of the Penn State University system".

I checked my new Penn State alumni directory and found this entry:

Guckert, Donald James '78 BS, '78 BA, '86 M ENG
r: (address in Columbia Missouri and phone number follows)

I don't know if this is the guy, but it looks a little coincidental. There are only two other "Guckerts" listed, but one is a doctor who graduated in '61 and the other graduated in 2000. Neither has a "James" in his name.

45 posted on 02/09/2005 9:09:44 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: squidward

Don't ask, don't tell.


46 posted on 02/09/2005 9:10:09 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: A Citizen Reporter

Amen!..and their PBS icon Bill Moyers just had to issue an apology to James Watt for attributing a quote to him that was never made.


47 posted on 02/09/2005 9:11:41 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: tgslTakoma

This "he's not a 'real journalist' "crap makes me sick. Anyone who's writings are read by others is a journalist. The "J-Schools" turn out people who can write, know how the print media works in terms of hierarchy (reporter, feature writer, stringer, editor, publisher, etc.) and how to ask questions. But you can't ask intelligent questions about a subject unless you know something about it. And because most (not all) J-School graduates and practioners of the journalist's trade have no other area of expertise or at least some competence in some other areas that might equip them to to ask the occasional intelligent question and write the occasional informative article or column; what we usually get are the reporter's bias-slightly colored with what he observed or heard. Whether he understood anything about the subject or not doesn't seem to be of any concern in his eagerness to leap upon an opportunity to spread his (usually) political point of view.
I hope President Bush allows more "non-mainstream" people to participate in the important business of questioning the President at these press opportunities.
I am very tired of the snob "credentialed" reporters looking down their noses at those who are much smater than they are, but don't happen to be employed by the MSM.


48 posted on 02/09/2005 9:13:22 PM PST by Octar
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To: tgslTakoma

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1339334/posts
Jeff Gannon - A Voice of the New Media - The voice goes silent.
jeffgannon.com ^ | February 9, 2005 | Jeff Gannon


Posted by good ole lib MurryMom..

851 posts


49 posted on 02/09/2005 9:15:13 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Lancey Howard

If he were the guy you found in the directory wouldn't he go by "D.J." as opposed to "J.D."?

I don't know if they are the same person, and personally, I don't care. I've gotten really annoyed with FReepers who have been jumping all over him because he is apparently laying low and who believe that since he isn't front and center defending himself all these leftwing bloggers are telling the truth.


50 posted on 02/09/2005 9:15:25 PM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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