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D.C. Chapter to Hold Demonstration in Support of Jeff Gannon and the First Amendment, 2/18/05
Friday, February 18, 2005 | Kristinn

Posted on 02/18/2005 6:28:03 AM PST by kristinn

All FReepers and lurkers in good standing are invited to join the D.C. Chapter in our demonstration this evening. Details in the following press release:

DEMONSTRATION IN SUPPORT OF JEFF GANNON
&
THE FIRST AMENDMENT

WHEN: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2005, 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.
WHERE: THE SIDEWALK BY MONICA’S GATE,
AKA THE NORTHWEST VISITORS ENTRANCE
THE WHITE HOUSE, 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE., NW, WASHINGTON, D.C.

(Washington) The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic, an independent grassroots organization, will be holding a demonstration at the White House this evening in support of former Talon News White House Correspondent Jeff Gannon and the rights of other reporters to do their jobs without fear of being destroyed by the political establishment.

The group will also be bringing attention to several First Amendment-related issues pertaining to the current imbroglio. Among them are the unconstitutional efforts of Democratic congressmen to determine who is a reporter and efforts by the establishment media to shut out Internet-based news sites from having access to government press conferences.

Kristinn Taylor, Co-Leader of the D.C. Chapter of Free Republic, issued the following statement: “It is common knowledge that Jeff Gannon was singled out for personal destruction for the crime of asking a question of the President of the United States at a press conference that was insulting to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“The Clintonista slime machine, led by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta’s Media Matters for America, went into high gear and made an example of Mr. Gannon to any reporter who might dare to challenge Sen. Clinton’s credibility in her anticipated 2008 presidential candidacy.

“What was done to Mr. Gannon was the Clinton impeachement era Ellen Romesch strategy played out for all concerned parties to see. The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic will be out demonstrating for the rights of Mr. Gannon and all other reporters to exercise their rights without fear of personal destruction.”


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; dcchapter; firstamendment; freedom; gannon; gayagenda; jeffgannon; midnightcowboy; pervert; press; talonnews
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The liberals must be laughing themselves silly watching the spat between some FReepers and Sean Hannity while they are waging war on all of us.

This isn't about putting a stamp of approval on whatever the liberals are accusing Jeff Gannon of doing before he became a reporter, it's about the rights of citizens and reporters to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear of being personally destroyed.

When CBS News and CNN were targeted in recent months, it was because of their professional behavior--and that's what we focused on.

1 posted on 02/18/2005 6:28:04 AM PST by kristinn
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; 3D-JOY; ...

D.C. Chapter mega-ping.


2 posted on 02/18/2005 6:29:36 AM PST by kristinn
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; 3D-JOY; ...

D.C. Chapter mega-ping.


3 posted on 02/18/2005 6:30:33 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I cannot attend (picking kids up at 6).

Give 'em hell for me. 'Pod.


4 posted on 02/18/2005 6:31:16 AM PST by sauropod (Hitlary: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: kristinn

Isn't what this guy is accused of doing kinda creepy? Why would you want to be involved with that?


5 posted on 02/18/2005 6:31:54 AM PST by ClintonBeGone (In politics, sometimes it's OK for even a Wolverine to root for a Buckeye win.)
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To: kristinn
"This isn't about putting a stamp of approval on whatever the liberals are accusing Jeff Gannon of doing before he became a reporter..."

I've heard some wild allegations...I hope Mr. Gannon stands up and fights the Leftist devils...MUD

6 posted on 02/18/2005 6:35:45 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (Decrease the Federal Expenditures as a percentage of GDP from its present 20% to 12% by 2013!!)
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To: ClintonBeGone

Asking a question about the dum loss of reality based thinking? If your referring to the domain names he registered. That's what his company did.


7 posted on 02/18/2005 6:36:14 AM PST by marty60
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To: kristinn
"This isn't about putting a stamp of approval on whatever the liberals are accusing Jeff Gannon of doing before he became a reporter,"

You mean being a prostitute?
Although I agree he has the right to pursue any job that will bring him happiness, I have to believe that if WE found out that some MSM reporter had been a fomer? prostitute....the guns would be blazing.

8 posted on 02/18/2005 6:36:28 AM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: Katya

This is a place for ideas and opinions, not a place for witch hunting.


9 posted on 02/18/2005 6:38:30 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: ClintonBeGone
He wasn't singled out for whatever it is in his past they're accusing him of. It's because he simply asked a question.

BTW, for all that Gannon's accused of, he's qualified to represent Massachusetts in the House or Senate, given the standards of liberals.

10 posted on 02/18/2005 6:38:59 AM PST by kristinn
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To: Katya

Agreed.

I don't see how we can support "Gannon" at this point.

It seems he was caught up in his own lies and deceptions.


11 posted on 02/18/2005 6:39:44 AM PST by KidGlock (W-1)
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To: ClintonBeGone
Isn't what this guy is accused of doing kinda creepy? Why would you want to be involved with that?

If you're getting distracted by this line, I'm sure a rapist's attorney would love to have you in jury room after he portrays the victim as a slut who got what she deserved.

Focus on the issue (persecution because he doesn't toe the "party line" jouralists expect from each other), not the sideshow.

12 posted on 02/18/2005 6:41:10 AM PST by kevkrom (If people are free to do as they wish, they are almost certain not to do as Utopian planners wish)
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To: kristinn

Right on D.C. And I'm just so sure that NYT and See BS will join you in your support of free speech!


13 posted on 02/18/2005 6:41:41 AM PST by Enterprise
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To: kristinn

Count me in.


14 posted on 02/18/2005 6:43:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: ClintonBeGone

Meeting at the 'Monice Gate' is very appropriate if you are going to defend this guy.


15 posted on 02/18/2005 6:51:08 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I don't support gay male prostitutes, beating up people in strip bars or poor grammar.)
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To: OldFriend

Again....I'm a Libertarian and unlike many here I couldn't care less if he was or wasn't a prostitute. I understand that the MSM went after him because of a "question" posed. However, the dirt dug up would discount anyone in the MSM as well.


16 posted on 02/18/2005 6:51:46 AM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: kristinn

I'll be with you all in spirit Kristinn. Give'em what-for!!!


17 posted on 02/18/2005 6:51:51 AM PST by Gabz (Anti-smoker gnatzies...small minds buzzing in your business..............SWAT'EM)
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To: kristinn

Count the wife in also.


18 posted on 02/18/2005 6:52:39 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: OldFriend

"This is a place for learning--not a house of...hearing about things!"--Homer Simpson


19 posted on 02/18/2005 6:58:21 AM PST by rabidralph (Congratulations, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney!)
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To: kristinn
Rock the house, and have some freeper fun. unfortunately I will be working all weekend, and late Friday as well......

housing market and all that is keeping me busy.
20 posted on 02/18/2005 6:58:28 AM PST by vin-one (REMEMBER the WTC !!!!!!!!)
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To: vin-one

bttt


21 posted on 02/18/2005 7:03:42 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: OldFriend; Katya
"This is a place for ideas and opinions, not a place for witch hunting."

Well, except that Katya's right. Do a quick internet search on "Jeff Gannon." I've seen the pictures and the websites. The guy is an ?ex? prostitute who markets himself as a US Marine. Why on earth would you want to support that?

22 posted on 02/18/2005 7:09:20 AM PST by Chiapet
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To: kristinn
He wasn't singled out for whatever it is in his past they're accusing him of. It's because he simply asked a question.

But he's radioactive because of the sex websites and the naked pictures that are now also part of the story. I don't see why you would stick your neck out until he's explained the entire story. This is a Jerry Springer society - no one is going to remember the question that started all this, they're going to remember you sticking up for a guy with a creepy past.

23 posted on 02/18/2005 7:09:31 AM PST by ClintonBeGone (In politics, sometimes it's OK for even a Wolverine to root for a Buckeye win.)
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To: Chiapet
The guy is an ?ex? prostitute who markets himself as a US Marine. Why on earth would you want to support that?

Because he's a gay prostitute who asked a pretty question. Isn't that a good enough reason for a vigil?

24 posted on 02/18/2005 7:12:38 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I don't support gay male prostitutes, beating up people in strip bars or poor grammar.)
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To: kristinn

Are you sure you guys wants to show support for Gannon/Guckert? He appears to have quite a checkered past.


25 posted on 02/18/2005 7:13:36 AM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: Chiapet
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26 posted on 02/18/2005 7:20:45 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: Retired Chemist
MSM reports are only sanctioned whores saved by the "Cult of Personality".
27 posted on 02/18/2005 7:23:17 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: bmwcyle

Whatever. First, this guy created his own problems. Second, this has nothing to do with the First Amendment. No one in the government is denying him the right to speak. If he can't handle the heat from the MSM, then he shouldn't have publicized himself as a prostitute to begin with.


28 posted on 02/18/2005 7:58:05 AM PST by Chiapet
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To: kevkrom

"Focus on the issue"

Bingo. Is it me or does it seem a lot of Freepers have attention deficit disorder?


29 posted on 02/18/2005 8:01:35 AM PST by Smartaleck (Tom Delay TX: (Dems have no plan, no agenda, no solutions.))
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To: Chiapet

They also told Drudge he did not belong. What gives the MSM those rights?


30 posted on 02/18/2005 8:02:30 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: bmwcyle
"They also told Drudge he did not belong. What gives the MSM those rights?

Who cares what they think or what they say? Who really cares who gets let into their club? And it isn't a "right," it's an opinion. And you know the old saying about opinions....

31 posted on 02/18/2005 8:06:20 AM PST by Chiapet
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To: Chiapet

Cynic remove the black cloud following overhead.


32 posted on 02/18/2005 8:08:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: kristinn

Just got this as a PING, it may have bearing on this issue:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1345924/posts


33 posted on 02/18/2005 8:12:43 AM PST by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: bmwcyle

You do acknowledge if we found this sort of dirt on a MSM reporter, we'd do everything to take them down. This has nothing to do with anyone's first amendment rights.


34 posted on 02/18/2005 8:13:15 AM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: kristinn
This isn't about putting a stamp of approval on whatever the liberals are accusing Jeff Gannon of doing before he became a reporter, it's about the rights of citizens and reporters to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear of being personally destroyed.

Exactly. Once again, the Clintonista's have reared their ugly heads and shown that the politics of personal destruction is alive and well - within their ranks.

This personal attack on Jeff Gannon just sickens me.

There but for the grace of God go you or me!!!! And that is exactly the point. It could be anyone - anyone that the Clinton's decide they need to shut up and shut down. When it comes to their interests, the First Amendment does NOT apply.

I will be with you in spirit if not in body.

Eagles up, DC Chapter!!!!!

35 posted on 02/18/2005 8:18:02 AM PST by TruthNtegrity (Talk about resurrecting FIC's makes me nuts. ASW, anyone? Where is the Intel processing now?)
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To: kristinn

Oh darn, I wish we could join you. We've already paid for that Reagan dinner tonight at CPAC, so can't get out of it now. We'll be with you in spirit. Hope to see you sometime today or Saturday at CPAC!


36 posted on 02/18/2005 8:20:17 AM PST by nutmeg (democRATs = The Party of NO)
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To: Katya

Gov. Arnold did porn in his past. Did it count here? Your statement is wrong.


37 posted on 02/18/2005 8:20:49 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: ClintonBeGone
Isn't what this guy is accused of doing kinda creepy?

Jeff is a good guy. This the media trying to lynch someone because he writes for an conservative internet publication.

The media sings the praise of Ted Kennedy who is a creepy as you can get and further more is guilty while they slander a conservative with unsubstantiated rumors.

39 posted on 02/18/2005 8:38:26 AM PST by staytrue
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To: kristinn
Imagine, a person of political principle looking at all the items in a confused chain of events and issues and making a decision as to how he wants to act and then making a forthright stand.

Must be a DC Chapter Activist. You all know...a guy with guts, ready to stand week after week, year after year in the face of corruption and in support of what he beleived was right.

Perhaps I don't feel as strongly about this as you do, kristinn, but if I was in driving distance I'd be there with you just to bask in the glow of your strength of character.

41 posted on 02/18/2005 9:00:33 AM PST by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: staytrue

"Jeff is a good guy. This the media trying to lynch someone because he writes for an conservative internet publication."

He very well may be a good guy. However, there are lots of people who write for conservative internet publications. What made them decide to focus on him? Do you really want to be shilling for the guy described in this article?

http://americablog.blogspot.com/2005/02/man-called-jeff.html


42 posted on 02/18/2005 9:00:54 AM PST by ClintonBeGone (In politics, sometimes it's OK for even a Wolverine to root for a Buckeye win.)
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To: kristinn
Don't defend Gannon. He is not your ilk. Let him die a mournful death, as he warrants.
43 posted on 02/18/2005 9:02:37 AM PST by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: TruthNtegrity
There but for the grace of God go you or me!!!! And that is exactly the point. It could be anyone - anyone that the Clinton's decide they need to shut up and shut down. When it comes to their interests, the First Amendment does NOT apply.

Anyone? I suppose 'anyone' that has naked pictures of them posted on their male escort site. As for the rest of us, I don't think we need be concerned.

44 posted on 02/18/2005 9:02:56 AM PST by ClintonBeGone (In politics, sometimes it's OK for even a Wolverine to root for a Buckeye win.)
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To: Smartaleck; kevkrom

"Focus on the issue"

Remind me what the issue is. Is it the right of gay prostitutes using an alias to ask questions of the president on behalf of phony news sites? If so, what's the source of this "right", and why should I be defending it?


45 posted on 02/18/2005 9:04:10 AM PST by atlaw
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To: kristinn
This isn't about putting a stamp of approval on whatever the liberals are accusing Jeff Gannon of doing before he became a reporter, it's about the rights of citizens and reporters to exercise their First Amendment rights without fear of being personally destroyed.

Bump! Despite my personal misgivings about him, I believe this is a worthy cause. I won't be able to make it but good luck kristinn/everyone!

46 posted on 02/18/2005 9:05:12 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: kristinn
Gannon never became a "reporter." Anyone with an ounce of objectivity can see that.

It will not do any conservative any good to take this guy's part - and most folks here have the stones to admit that. While y'all are whining about the "attacks" on Gannon, why not stop and think about how geared up you would be if a male prostitute was regularly admitted into the CLINTON WH press room after being denied Capitol Hill credentials and did nothing but lob t-ball questions whenever the going got a little rough for Lockhart. Think about it, and be honest with yourself about what you would be saying and doing. Then come back and explain why you think you should protest in this guy's corner.

47 posted on 02/18/2005 9:09:46 AM PST by lugsoul (Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin on the mountainside.)
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To: staytrue

Do you mean "good guy" in his professional capacity? Worth $200 / hr.?


48 posted on 02/18/2005 9:11:02 AM PST by lugsoul (Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin on the mountainside.)
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To: kristinn

OLBERMANN: Now to Ron Hutcheson of “Knight-Ridder” newspapers, current president of the White House Correspondents Association. Mr. Hutcheson, good evening. Thank you for your time.

RON HUTCHESON, “KNIGHT-RIDDER”: Thanks for having me, Keith.

OLBERMANN: About getting White House press credentials, obviously we can stretch a point one way or the other, and say that the legitimacy is in the eye of the beholder. One man‘s, no matter which political affiliation you have, one man‘s vanity Web site, is another‘s alternative media outlet. But how do you get a White House press credential if you aren‘t actually affiliated with anything that look like a news organization, in so much it appears as Mr. Guckert did that before the founding of Talon News?

HUTCHESON: Well, to me, that‘s what‘s this whole story is about, Keith.

What “Editor & Publisher” has brought to life, it‘s pretty easy to get into the White House briefing room. It‘s pretty easy to go to any news conference in Washington, whether it‘s on Capital Hill or whether it‘s at the White House. And the truth of the matter is, most of us in the journalistic profession aren‘t looking ways to make it harder. Certainly at the White House Correspondence Association, my goal is to get people in to the briefing room not to work with the White House on ways to get them out.

OLBERMANN: As Mr. Fleicsher said today, to quote him again, I don‘t think the party organization should have people in that room acting as reporters. They are advocates, not reporters, and a line should be drawn.

He‘s saying, I presume, that if the White House isn‘t necessarily going to draw that line or it is not fair to draw that line and say, no, opposite party Web site could be represented. Then somebody else has to. Would that devolve to being your responsibility?

HUTCHESON: It could be if we wanted to take it on. And frankly, it is funny, and frankly, I agree entirely with Ari. I looked at Gannon or whatever his name is, his Web site early on. My initial reaction was this is the Republican National Committee thing. That‘s outrageous. I looked a little closer, it is not really R.N.C.

You know, one thing that‘s overlooked, we have a long not so proud history of coconuts in that briefing room. We get questions from the left. We get questions from the right. We get questions from outer space. And for most of us, most of us are in there to try to get—try to listen for information, not to promote ideology. So, we all sort of resent it when the briefing gets hijacked for ideology.

On the other hand, trying to figure out how to solve that problem, the solution is probably worse than the problem. So, you get a couple questions that come from the left, come from the right, come from presumably nowhere. So what? We can live with that.

OLBERMANN: But judging by what Ms. Dowd “New York Times” wrote today, and judging by Mr. Fleicsher‘s surprise about the real name of Jeff Gannon and somewhat contradicting Mr. McClellan‘s statement, obviously somebody does decide who gets in and who doesn‘t. Is that one person the press secretary to the president? And if not, who is? And what are the rules?

HUTCHESON: It is definitely not the press secretary. It‘s somebody at a lower level. The bar is pretty low.

And in fact, I guarantee you if Maureen Dowd wants to go there tomorrow, all she has to do is call up and get a daily pass.

It is harder to get what we call a hard pass, which is a regular White House credential. For that, you have to undergo some certain checks that you don‘t go for a daily pass, which is really intended for people, say, the mayor from their town goes up, their local sports team comes up, they want to get into the White House, they have a legitimate reason to go there on a short-term basis, but not on a regular basis.

OLBERMANN: And you just brought it up so she clarify this. This whole question that has just been raised about whether or not Guckert had a hard pass or a daily pass. He apparently had nothing but daily passes. And what people thought might have been a hard pass was his own he lanyard, his own thing around his neck that‘s really had a plastic card that said Talon News. That‘s what we‘ve been able to see from video.

HUTCHESON: Yes. That‘s certainly my belief.

OLBERMANN: OK. Ron Hutcheson of Knight Ridder, president of the White House Correspondents Association, great thanks for an inside view of what‘s going on there. Thank you, sir.

HUTCHESON: Thank you.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6993032/


49 posted on 02/18/2005 9:11:33 AM PST by BigWaveBetty (~~Secretary of Keepin' It Real)
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To: lugsoul

ROFL!


50 posted on 02/18/2005 9:12:53 AM PST by atlaw
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