Skip to comments.Republicans, bloggers and gays, oh my!(Ann Coulter)
Posted on 02/23/2005 4:52:17 PM PST by perfect stranger
Posted: February 23, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2005 Universal Press Syndicate
In response to the public disgrace and ruin of New York Times editor Howell Raines, CBS anchor Dan Rather and CNN news director Eason Jordan, liberals are directing their fury at the blogs. Once derided as people sitting around their living rooms in pajamas, now obscure writers for unknown websites are coming under more intensive background checks than CIA agents.
The heretofore-unknown Jeff Gannon of the heretofore-unknown "Talon News" service was caught red-handed asking friendly questions at a White House press briefing. Now the media is hot on the trail of a gay escort service that Gannon may have run some years ago. Are we supposed to like gay people now, or hate them? Is there a website where I can go to and find out how the Democrats want me to feel about gay people on a moment-to-moment basis?
Liberals keep rolling out a scrolling series of attacks on Gannon for their Two Minutes Hate, but all their other charges against him fall apart after three seconds of scrutiny. Gannon's only offense is that he may be gay.
First, liberals claimed Gannon was a White House plant who received a press pass so that he could ask softball questions a perk reserved for New York Times reporters during the Clinton years. Their proof was that while "real" journalists (like Jayson Blair) were being denied press passes, Gannon had one, even though he writes for a website that no one has ever heard of but still big enough to be a target of liberal hatred! (By the way, if writing for a news organization with no viewers is grounds for being denied a press pass, why do MSNBC reporters have them?)
On the op-ed page of the New York Times, Maureen Dowd openly lied about the press pass, saying: "I was rejected for a White House press pass at the start of the Bush administration, but someone with an alias, a tax evasion problem and Internet pictures where he posed like the 'Barberini Faun' is credentialed?"
Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that dyspeptic, old Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the president. Still, it would be suspicious if Dowd were denied a press pass while someone from "Talon News" got one, even if he is a better reporter.
But Dowd was talking about two different passes without telling her readers (a process now known in journalism schools as "Dowdification"). Gannon didn't have a permanent pass; he had only a daily pass. Almost anyone can get a daily pass even famed Times fantasist Maureen Dowd could have gotten one of those. A daily pass and a permanent pass are altogether different animals. The entire linchpin of Dowd's column was a lie. (And I'm sure the Times' public editor will get right on Dowd's deception.)
Finally, liberals expressed shock and dismay that Gannon's real name is "James Guckert." On MSNBC's "Hardball," Chris Matthews introduced the Gannon scandal this way: "Coming up, how did a fake news reporter from a right-wing website get inside the White House press briefings and presidential news conferences?"
Reporter David Shuster then gave a report on "the phony alias Guckert used to play journalist" as opposed to the real name Shuster uses to play journalist. (You can tell Schuster is a crackerjack journalist because he uses phrases like "phony alias.") With all the subtlety of a gay-bashing skinhead, Matthews spent the rest of the segment seeing how many times he could smear Gannon by mentioning "HotMilitaryStuds.com" and laughing.
Any day now, Matthews will devote entire shows to exposing Larry Zeigler, Gerald Riviera and Michael Weiner aka Larry King, Geraldo Rivera and Matthews' former MSNBC colleague Michael Savage. As a newspaper reporter, Wolf Blitzer has written under the names Ze'ev Blitzer and Ze'ev Barak. The greatest essayist of modern times was Eric Blair, aka George Orwell. The worst essayist of modern times is "TRB" of The New Republic.
Air America radio host and "Nanny" impersonator "Randi Rhodes" goes by a fake name, and she won't even tell people what her real last name is. (She says for "privacy reasons." That name must be a real doozy.) As Insideradio.com describes Rhodes, she refuses "to withhold anything from her listeners" and says conservatives "are less likely to share such things." How about sharing your name, Randi? We promise not to laugh.
Democrats in Congress actually demanded that an independent prosecutor investigate how Gannon got into White House press conferences while writing under an invented name. How did Gary Hartpence, Billy Blythe and John Kohn (Gary Hart, Bill Clinton and John Kerry) run for president under invented names? Admittedly, these men were not reporters for the prestigious "Talon News" service; they were merely Democrats running for president.
Liberals keep telling us the media isn't liberal, but in order to retaliate for the decimation of major news organizations like the New York Times, CBS News and CNN, all they can do is produce the scalp of an obscure writer for an unknown conservative Web page. And unlike Raines, Rather and Jordan, they can't even get Gannon for incompetence on the job. (Also unlike Raines, Rather and Jordan, Gannon has appeared on television and given a series of creditable interviews in his own defense, proving our gays are more macho than their straights.)
Gannon didn't write about gays. No "hypocrisy" is being exposed. Liberals' hateful, frothing-at-the-mouth campaign against Gannon consists solely of their claim that he is gay.
Gannon's being persecuted because he's homosexual. As long as he doesn't demand that I do a tapdance of gushing approval of homosexuality, I'll manage just fine to enjoy the things he writes. I used to like David Brock's stuff. We all knew DB was homosexual, but back then we were allowed not to think about it.
Come back, little Jeff...
She's a helluva looker for a drag queen!
What's with that long list of FReepers on your "about me" page...?
I have a little brain and have no idea what your post means. Could you explain it to me?
"...proving our gays are more macho than their straights."
LOL!!! That's gonna leave a mark.
And Ann is more macho than any liberal man, no doubt.
Beg pardon......if you care to look it up, that was name of the policy that your hero Slick Willy made up. Look it up. that's a fact.......Who needs facts when you;re a DUmmie troll......
Sounds like someone let a troll out.
Here, kitty........heeeeeere kitty, kitty.
When will they ever learn how ugly and foolish they sound?
A painful compromise.
It should have been "get out, tell anyone you please".
Askel has the distinction of being one of the founding trollers!
Seriously though, I am glad to see Ann's defense of Gannon. This guy doesn't deserve what the Liberals have done to him because he asked a question that didn't seek to behead Bush! More should be done to defend Gannon than has been done from our side.
Wow. That's a miserable post - - hemorrhoids acting up again?
Another masterpiece from the greatest political columnist of our time (tied with George Neumayr). Ann Coulter is still as beautiful as ever, and her wit just keeps getting sharper.
Bumped and bookmarked.
I was going to say, if that's a troll (Since Apr 15, 1998) that's one dedicated troll.
I guess he/she just doesn't like Ann. To each their own...it's a big tent.
"With all the subtlety of a gay-bashing skinhead, Matthews spent the rest of the segment seeing how many times he could smear Gannon by mentioning "HotMilitaryStuds.com" and laughing. "
Talk about hypocrisy: here they are, folks, the people who bashed anyone and everyone who took issue with allowing homosexuals in the military, but at the mere thought of a homosexual soldier, they can't contain their condescending giggles.
Imagine if someone from the right, in defense of excluding homosexuals from the military, kept bringing up such web sites and, as Chrissy did, laughing? You would hear no end of it. The lavender lobby would be out in full force. The MSM would be apopolectic.
But it's okay for Matthews to make fun of gay stuff, particularly when it involves the military. He thinks it's hilarious, but he's still all for forcing the military to let gays serve.
Long time no see.
Where ya been toots?
Ann at her usual best. You just KNOW that lots of these "real journalists" have all kinds of crap in their closets as well. What I am wondering is if they realize what will happen if this kind of crap continues.
My lovely Ann skewers them again. Any day now they will be hounding Jerry Rivers and asking him why he uses a different name. Any day now.
I have no idea what you are talking about. Could you please explain?
Just an a--hole that shows up every once in awhile to show how stupid some freepers can be.
With respect, reread her comment..there's a clear, concise message there...the lady's no troll, far from it..occasionally, however, her biting sarcasm gets waaaaaay out in front of her point...
As much as I enjoy reading AC, I've got to put her 1/2 step below Mark Steyn. I want to write like him when I grow up!
Imagine the prose that would come from the child of a union of An Coulter and Mark Steyn..
But, but, but ...
Mareen McDowd is mentioned as well in Ann's piece .......
(Robt scans for required photo's of CZJ...)
If this happened while Clinton was in office you would be singing a different tune......but heck, this is Bush so it's OK. What a joke.
I could only wish.
Thank you, Ann Coulter.
Thanks. Yes. that is what I meant through jest. She is obviously not a troll.
Yeah you rite.
Just like Slick Willy "made up" Bush's precise compromise on Stem Cell funding necessary to open the door to human farming. Or the Democrats (then decrying abortion as targeted genocide) "made up" the pop-control and environmentalism policies instituted by the GOP's 1970 task force "Earth Resources & Population" (GHB, Chairman).
As into "real sex and marriage" as the contracepting right claims to be, it's astounding to me that they've absolutely no gaydar when it comes to their own.
It's not as if the facts of the matter haven't been spelled out for all and sundry more than once. Even beyond reports of candidate W's "feeling like a better man" for having met with the Log Cabin Republicans, we have Barbara Bush to thank for establishing the "don't ask, don't tell" template.
"Not at all," she told reporters on Air Force One shortly after it took off from Andrews Air Force Base en route here for the first leg of a 10-day European trip by President Bush.
Mrs. Bush, noting that she reads all of the stories printed in the Daily Press Summary, a half-inch thick digest of stories in the print and electronic media, said the reports about the scandal uncovered by The Washington Times haven't alarmed her.
"There haven't been a lot of stories in our house about it," she said.
|Mrs. Bush added that "I'm not into all of this" and said it was "good" that The Washington Post wasn't following The Times' story.
Ever since The Times first reported the tour on June 29, the White House has avoided comment. Last week, Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady, who heads the Secret Service, reluctantly confirmed reports of a Secret Service investigation.
Presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the service hasn't raised security concerns for the White House as a result of the probe.
White House officials have said that the midnight tours such as those arranged for Mr. Spence do not threaten the First Family's security because they are allowed only in office areas and not the residence.
The tours for Mr. Spence, who has been linked to a federal investigation of a Washington homosexual prostitution ring that catered to government, media and business officials, were set up by Reginald A. deGueldre, a uniformed White House officer who moonlighted as the lobbyist's bodyguard.
Mr. Fitzwater said the Secret Service is "looking into the action" of the officer.
White House officials have said any staff member with the proper credentials such as those held by Mr. deGueldre can give private tours, and after-hours tours are encouraged because they don't disturb those working during the day. The tours commonly include a view of the Oval Office.
"I think they've [The Times] overblown the White House angle. No one knows who these guys are," said one administration official, referring to the associates of Mr. Spence named so far in The Times.
But, he added, the White House continues to closely follow the story.
After all, actions speak louder than words ... Sex, Lies, Videotape, Teenagers, Drugs, Blackmail, and Death
For all the hype about Bawney Frank and his boyfriend's call service, the fact of the matter is that the male homosexual elite of the GOP is "Top Man" and has the jarhead lesbo and girlie boys of the Dems do their dirty work for them.
MurryMom's been around about as long if I'm not mistaken.
. . . Democrats in Congress actually demanded that an independent prosecutor investigate how Gannon got into White House press conferences while writing under an invented name. How did Gary Hartpence, Billy Blythe and John Kohn (Gary Hart, Bill Clinton and John Kerry) run for president under invented names?
"Objective journalism" is an Establishment, indeed the Establishment.
Like any Establishment, "objective" journalism hides in plain sight. All its members are visible; indeed they exist by being visible. And the way that "objective" journalism coheres as an entity - an establishment - is obvious too, for anyone willing to look at it. "Objective" journalism coheres in a go-along-and-get-along guild of journalists who will never say that any other journalist is not objective.
But an establishment is not a legal entity, and it must not speak its own name. Here we have the Democratic Party carrying the water of that establishment, demanding that that establishment have the right to exclude those who are not "made" in it.
The Constitution forbids the Congress to decide who may be a reporter and who may not. If the president wants to conduct something he calls a "press conference" in a phone booth, he is entitled to do so; if he wants to hold a "press conference in RFK Stadium he is entitled to do so, and if he does not want to hold anything he calls a "press conference" he is entitled to not do so.
Ann says it pretty well.
So was the sleeper troll, "COURAGE" member since early 1998 - Now banned,
Way to go Ann!
Thanks Stranger - I can always count on your posting Ann's column every Wednesday evening.
=== And Ann is more macho than any liberal man, no doubt.
I'm sure she drives more than a few Log Cabin Republican types green with envy.
But, given the way she's getting you all to not only accept but defend "your fags" -- there being no significant problem with hypocrisy on the right these days -- I suspect it won't be long until the sexing and snuffing of kids is the only sexual petard left on which to hoist both Dems and Republicans alike.
Scandal being directly proportional to one's standards (or lack thereof).
Dowdification is the selective editing of quotes such that their meaning is altered, especially by cutting out significant portions.
I realize Ann is bigger than most bloggers, but if she wants to use the terms, she should learn them.
*High pitched voice*
Help meeeee....... Help meeeeee!
Glad I wasn't the only one!
=== Ann Coulter is still as beautiful as ever, and her wit just keeps getting sharper.
Oh for Pete's sake ... you're talking about a bimbo who figured Canada BOTH sent troops to Viet Nam AND took in our draft dodgers.
Get real. She's found a niche she can handle with her "how to talk like a liberal" schtick and it suits her well ... as this apologia for Gannon's hypocrisy proves well.
Beats proving she's a "constitutional scholar" by commenting on anything of real substance where the current dismantling of our constitutional republic is concerned.
I guess it's her innate sympathy for utter hypocrisy that causes her to still tout herself as a "constitutional scholar" and legal maven.
If this happened under Clinton?! The whole MSM was and is syconphantic towards Clinton.
As the saying is, "A fish will be the last one to discover water."
Little brains of the world unite! :)
"Perhaps someone could let our favorite drag queen..."
Leftists pretend they like strong women, then try to insult them by calling them drag queens (another group they pretend to like). So sad, the girly men of the Rat party get intimidated very easily.
Thank her for what? A defense of some two-bit operator who was either too bone-numbing dumb to cover his two-faced ass or was handpicked for the attention so that folks like Ann Coulter could start grooming the right to not only accept but defend the hypocrisy of the right's own homosexuals.
She sure beats Beverly LaSalle!
Who is this FOOL?
Most are long gone by now but -- unlike Mz. Coulter and her fellow sycophants of the hypocritical -- I prefer substance over symbol and track posters I know will deliver rather than waste my time wading through latest posts.
Let's face it... their posts are fun reading, if nothing else.
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