Skip to comments.Homosexual press hot to 'out' Bush figures
Posted on 02/21/2005 12:54:12 AM PST by JohnHuang2
WASHINGTON Disclosures that an alleged homosexual escort working for a pro-Republican website was granted access to the White House press room has led to efforts in the nation's homosexual press to "out" top-ranking Bush administration officials and GOP leaders based on uncorroborated, undocumented and unnamed sources.
In the last week, reports in New York's Gay City News and 365Gay.com and other homosexual-friendly publications and blogs have made specific allegations about individuals based exclusively on unnamed sources and rumors and playing off the sensational revelations about Jeff Gannon by daylight a credentialed "reporter" covering the White House for two politically partisan websites, while allegedly moonlighting as a $200-an-hour male escort and purveyor of explicit websites like HotMilitaryStud.com and MilitaryEscorts.com. Those sites have since been removed from the Internet.
It turns out Jeff Gannon was a pseudonym and alter ego for Jim Guckert, the name under which Gannon allegedly posed for pictures on those sites and advertised his services. He resigned his position with Talon News and GOPUSA.com following the disclosures by bloggers.
The central target of the reports in the homosexual press is White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, a figure who regularly called on Gannon at press conferences. Most of the reports recycle one last week by Raw Story, published by John Byrne, 24, who claims to have worked as a local reporter for the Boston Globe and as a Washington bureau reporter for the McClatchy newspapers, and seems to specialize in "outing" Republican politicians.
In a report based on an unnamed source, Raw Story reported McClellan visited a homosexual bar March 19, 1995. Another anonymous source was quoted as saying McClellan regularly frequented Austin, Texas, "gay clubs." McClellan is an Austin native. His mother, Carolyn Keeton Strayhorn, former mayor of Austin is controller of the state of Texas and considered a contender for the governorship.
Raw Story "connects" Gannon and McClellan by citing a comment from the discredited reporter who said his only contact with the White House press secretary was to send him a card acknowledging his 2003 wedding.
"Outing" of reputedly closeted homosexuals, particularly those associated with the Republican Party or conservative politics, has become a favorite pastime of homosexual activists in recent years. Similarly, the "outing" of famous historical figures, from Abe Lincoln to Alexander the Great whether or not the allegation of homosexuality is actually true is a key activist tactic.
The unsubstantiated report in Raw Story has been picked up by numerous homosexual publications online and off. McClellan has not commented on the reports now swirling around the Internet and in offline homosexual papers.
Homosexual activist Wayne Besen, author of "Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth," writing in Virginia's Falls Church News-Press, goes even further than Raw Story.
"The vulgar scandal (involving Gannon) has revived Washington whispers that the supposedly anti-gay Republican Party is really nothing less than a gay affirmative action program," he writes. "Glance at whose (sic) running the GOP and it looks like a Harvey Fierstein cocktail party. A few months ago, activist Mike Rogers of RawStoryQ.com revealed that GOP National Field Director Dan Gurley is gay and sought unsafe sex online. Rogers also revealed that Ken Mehlman, chair of the Republican National Committee, is gay."
Discussions about Mehlman's sexual orientation have been popular on Democratic Party websites, too, including the official Democratic National Committee website.
Besen concluded his column: "The Bush administration is the gayest in memory, although they are all quivering in the closet, or is that gyrating on the Internet?"
According to Raw Story's Byrne, Gurley acknowledged in a phone interview last September that he is "gay." In response to a later story by Byrne last November, that Gurley "solicited unprotected sex and multiple sex partners in an online profile at Gay.com," Gurley reportedly conceded that he had a profile in his America Online screenname that same screenname as appeared in the Gay.com profile.
Attempts by WorldNetDaily to reach McClellan, Mehlman and Gurley for comment have so far proven unsuccessful.
Gannon, or Guckert, last week left his position as Washington bureau chief for Talon News, "because of the attention being paid to me."
Guckert was linked with online domain addresses suggestive of homosexual pornography. Guckert, a former resident of Wilmington, Del., told The (Wilmington) News Journal newspaper that he had registered the domain names for a client while he was working to set up a Web-hosting business.
McClellan said Guckert did not have a regular White House press pass but was cleared on a day-by-day basis to attend briefings and used his real name.
"He, like anyone else, showed that he was representing a news organization that published regularly and so he was cleared two years ago to receive daily passes just like many others are," McClellan said. "In this day and age, when you have a changing media, it's not an easy issue to decide, to try to pick and choose who is a journalist. It gets into the issue of advocacy journalism. Where do you draw the line? There are a number of people who cross that line in the briefing room."
He said he had been unaware of Guckert's affiliation with any sexually suggestive domain addresses.
Meanwhile, last night, CBS News attempted to connect Karl Rove to Guckert. In an online report by Dotty Lynch, senior political editor for CBS News, about Rove, she speculated about a link.
"The architect of the Bush victories in 2000 and 2004 came through the ranks of college Republicans with the late Lee Atwater, and their admitted and alleged dirty tricks are the legends many young political operatives dream of pulling off," she wrote. "So when Jeff Gannon, White House 'reporter' for Talon 'News,' was unmasked last week, the leap to a possible Rove connection was unavoidable. Gannon says that he met Rove only once, at a White House Christmas party, and Gannon is kind of small potatoes for Rove at this point in his career."
She continued: "But Rove's dominance of White House and Republican politics, Gannon's aggressively partisan work and the ease with which he got day passes for the White House press room the past two years make it hard to believe that he wasn't at least implicitly sanctioned by the 'boy genius.' Rove, who rarely gave on-the-record interviews to the MSM (mainstream media), had time to talk to GOPUSA, which owns Talon."
Gannon is now considering suing the bloggers, "liberal interest groups" and others for the "political assassination" that drove him from his reporting job, he tells Newsweek in its current edition.
You mean my Bush figure is gay?
I'm pretty sure Helen Thomas never sold sex for money.
John, I hope the less dogmatic and doctrinare members of our gay bretheren will notice, and remember, how quickly their "allies" on the Left are to toss a disfavored member to the wolves. I personally do not give a rip what consenting adults do in private.
The Bush action figure is probably gay...he and Ken used to hang out at Barbies gay palace.
Gannon was a setup. I hope it backfires.
Like most Christians, I think homosexuality is wrong. However, I do not advocate trying to meet out any punitive measures. That's up to God IMO. In His time, He will address it.
I do have misgivings about certain roles, teaching, adoption, positions of authority over children... perhaps a few others.
I don't see Republicans outing homosexuals. I don't see them descriminating against them.
It is the left that exploits them at every opportunity, then pulls this type of tactic, outing them for sport.
We see eye-to-eye, D1.
What is the history of Gannon ? Has he been a republican his whole life ?
John, I should know more, but I don't. I'm going to have to plead ignorance on this one. Try searching google for articles on him. Do so by limiting it to www.freerepublic.com. You'll probably find out quite a bit about him that way. Wish I could be more help.
I'm glad. Thanks.
A CBS News reporter talking about GOP "dirty tricks." That's rich. Atwater's been dead for nearly a decade and a half -- Mary Mapes and Dan Rather are still alive, although they're getting kicked more than they're kicking.
Reporter, heal thyself!
The Dems "outed" many prominent Republicans before the election. The "outing" didn't take. They were appointed.or elected anyway.
What two adults do in private is not of interest to me.
What I resent is that a small minority of a tiny minority, maybe 3-4% of the population is trying to force their agenda on the country, to destabilize marriage and family values.
I am opposed to the political homosexual gay agenda for America, not to individual people who happen to be gay.
Very good point, my friend.
My thought exactly.
'Pretty' and Helen Thomas in the same sentence? J/k -- sorry, couldn't resist.
PJBlogger, you're precisely right. Quit trying to 'sell' the concept to everyone else, and we'll get along fine. Cripe, HBO has practicly sold their sole to the homosexual lobby.
They've played this Angels in America program over and over and over... goodness, give it a rest.
"Put a bag over her head and do your business, baby!"
- Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra
I doubt it.
The pinky finger on the hand holding the knife isn't sticking up.
You and I also see eye-to-eye on that.
My personal, empirical estimate, based on 55 years of living, gay relatives, friends, neighbors, and employees, is about 3% of the population. My wife & I have lived next door to a couple of "women who prefer each other to men" for eighteen years, and we get along fine- they are no more like the weird and vainglorious creatures the TV promotes as "gay" than I am.
I've always believed in Live and let Live- I just wish the "love that dare not speak its name" would pipe down a little, and leave the rest of us alone.
What I do oppose is the relentless promotion of "gay is good, and no questions are allowed" by the media types. That, and the preaching to, and recruitment of, children. That is simply too far over the line of my tolerance. Oh, and gay marriage, too. Each one of these items is just one step over the line for me. They pushed the envelope too far for my liking, and have stepped into areas I can no longer voice "tolerance" for, or support.
And as you described it so aptly-- We are seeing played out in our godless(secular) society precisely the wickedness that led to the utter destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah-and to a bloody civil war in Israel that nearly
destroyed the Tribe of Benjamin when that tribe refused
justice to the Levite Priest and protected the Sons of Belial at Gibbeah. The Republicans in thi smodern replay are as the Benjamites knowing the judgement of God but
protecting and promoting the wickedness within thie own
Angels in America-Pink Angels in Philadelphia -Reprobates
as old as when the Book of Genesis was written by/for Moses.
Have somewhere in my stacks of stuff an old Time Magazine
from about 1992 that talked of very similar problems with
the Republicans -and homosexuals-- wonder how much of it is the bad air of FoggyBottom--the corruption of that wicked
city-where reprobate prostitutes were allowed to parade their shrivelled breasts around a Sacred Assembly in vain
attempt to discredit/disrupt as the Park Police told rightious fathers and husbands "They have to do a lot more than that to get arrested here." I once told the FBI guys
from Denver it would take destroying upwards of 2/3 of everyone who works that city to correct its problems.
Yikes! What a frightening troika!
Personally, I wonder why this guy wasn't vetted. The Bush folks need to adopt the Reagan policy. As governor, Reagan purged when found. Don't hire them to begin with and there will be no problem?
Interesting that the homesexual press interprets an "outing" of a closet gay as a bad thing for the administration.
This is the behavior you get from people that do not have principles. Just like Jesse Jackson using race in any manner that gives him an advantage.
If I could figure out how to morph them, I'd sell it to Halloween websites.
It's clearly an act of callous political evil.
That's a position I can respect. To be frank, however, that's true about all things we do, say, think, contemplate, act upon or fail to act regarding. Everything about your life, my life, anyone's life. It's *all* on the table.
I get highly annoyed when "homosexuality" is somehow held up by certain very loud and very visible elements of Christian Fundamentalists or socially facist "Republicans" as somehow in need of their own righteous anger, oppression, vitriol, hatred, persecution, banning or worse. It's sickening. Persecution is not an American value. Persecution is not a Christian value.
From the Thornburgh Report:
...Dotty Lynch, CBS News Senior Political Editor....recalled having discussions with Mapes over Labor Day weekend, about the September 8 Segment. Who is Dotty Lynch? She is CBS News Senior Political Editor and a self-described very ardent feminist and longtime partisan liberal political operative (her mullet and turtleneck fooled me...). Before joining CBS, Lynch directed polling for George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart, Walter Mondale and the DNC.
What is Lynchs potential political bias when she was inducted onto the Memogate team a couple of days before the broadcast?
Lynch participated in a December 2004 CSPAN panel. She agreed that the Swift Boat attacks had no basis in fact. To the suggestion that the MSM should have actually investigated what the facts were, before pronouncing them to be false, Lynch stated that since the public can only focus on a few sentences of a story, the MSM was justified in not investigating this complex Kerry story, because it would only confuse the public. That is, no investigation other than to solicit a denial from the Kerry campaign....
Funny you mention that. On those secret tapes made by Wead he says to GWB that it's being said GWB won't hire gays and GWB responds (paraphrasing):
No, I won't fire gays. I won't discriminate against anybody.
You just know the libs are chagrined that his private talk reflects his public presentation.
I thought liberals didn't care who was gay. Just like they say that race doesn't matter either. Evidence refutes liberalism.
Your entire premise is flawed to a faretheewell.
The guy was vetted. He got a daypass which does a basic security check, not an in-depth background check.
But you possibly give yourself away with saying he was "hired". He was not hired by the WH; he attended press briefings. He is no more an employee of the WH than Terry Moran of ABC.
And are you saying by "them" gays? That Reagan didn't hire "them" and actually fired "when found"? Well, aren't you precious, scattering disinfo in practically every word of your post.
The other tie to this is the view of many evangelicals that Republicans and President Bush in particular will stop the advance of any gay agenda and abortion. Matter of fact, in their mind President Bush's relection was key in doing that. That's why you're seeing this attempt to smear if false or out if true those close to the President. If the link between resolution of the culture war issues and Republicans in general and the President in particular can be tarnished, then evangelicals will either splinter to third parties or no longer vote.
I don't agree with you. Not saying anything about it is promoting acceptance of it.
Certainly it is. financial value. Christian talk radio couldn't survive without it. In many faiths, homosexuals and abortion are the ties that bind. Again it does have Christian value,........money in someones pockets.
This "explanation" of course, is mindless and is of the smarty pants set in the worst way. [I refused to use the noble term "elite" for them]
It is precisely that these letist "outers" wish to embarrrass the right wing people who are homosexual or associated with homosexuals in a witting or unwitting manner, that exposes their fundamental bad faith. They do not even grant to homosexuals the right to have their own mind and take non-leftist positions. They seek to punish the horrible transgression of not being a leftist by causing these individuals harm which they won't inflict on left wing closeted homosexuals.
I have often felt that the left often appears to have the moral compass of your sterotypical labor union thug. The dirty tricks of the left and the democrat party always have that character. Look at how they argue on TV. That blatant attempt to talk over the right wing represenative and never concede a fact or answer a direct question. If you have ever met this spirit in your daily life, you will not forget it. It is foolish to deal with them with ordinary means.
GG, it 's the Axis of Ugly. Can nothing be done?
Exactly. This tactic is part of a strategy reeling from the 2004 elections.
The 60's -70's "ardent feminists" have caused enormous damage to our country. Their influence has been felt in the MSM, the schools, the universities and also the corporate culture. The critical bad actors in this whole story are the generation of men of the 50's and 60's who responded so poorly--i.e. fecklessly-- to the feminst movement. General co-education for women inevitably led to the push against previous barriers and predispositions as to the general capacities of women. Change was inevitable and appropriate.
But the institutionalization of affirmative action for women--where preference for women was deemed to be a moral as well as political virtue, was a collapse of culure on such a scale that we are still suffering its effects. [This collapse was enacted by the men of the 1950's and 1960's] The whole notion of affirmative action, that preference is OK as long as you favor the right people, is inherently destructive of the need that merit be the ultimate standard.
Gawd, they are quite the terrifying trio, though, eh? Albright's so fat that when she goes to the restaurant, instead of a menu, they give her an estimate. I'm pretty sure Thomas's parents are dead...since if you look at her, you can't imagine them wanting to live much after the birth anyway. And Hillary...well, what does one say about the smartest woman in the world? /sarcasm
I do think our society is unraveling. I do think it is to be expected. I do think we could do better, but that's not the direction we're headed.
I don't think it's necessary to panic over it. I think we should keep our wits about us and take prudent measures to minimize any downside from it.
In due time this will be remedied by a power greater than our own.