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Talon News shuts down
WND ^ | Feb 25, 2005 | staff

Posted on 02/25/2005 7:58:19 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING

Talon News shuts down Domain names for porn sites tied to reporter now up for sale

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: February 25, 2005 8:06 p.m. Eastern

© 2005 WorldNetDaily.co

Talon News, the website at the center of a scandal linking one of its reporters to the White House, has temporarily shut down its online operations, while explicit Internet domain names allegedly used by its reporter are now up for sale.

A statement posted on TalonNews.com reads:

The recent public focus on Talon News, while much of it malicious, has indeed brought some constructive elements to the surface. It has also brought many kind messages of support, and for that we are extremely grateful.

In order to better serve those readers across the country who enjoy Talon News content and look forward to receiving it each day, we feel compelled to reevaluate operations in order to provide the highest quality, most professional product possible.

Thus, Talon News will be offline while we redesign the web site, perform a top-to-bottom review of staff and volunteer contributors, and address future operational procedures.

We look forward to bringing an even better product to our readers in the future.

Company spokeswoman Jennifer Ohman told the Houston Chronicle that the site's founder, Bobby Eberle, "can only take so much of a beating" over its political slant, as Eberle also runs GOPUSA.com, which looks "to spread the conservative message throughout America," according to its mission statement.

Jeff Gannon

The scandal, known as GannonGuckertGate, involves Jeff Gannon – by daylight a credentialed "reporter" covering the White House for both the Talon and GOPUSA.com websites, while allegedly moonlighting as a $200-an-hour male escort and purveyor of explicit websites like HotMilitaryStud.com and MilitaryEscorts.com.

Jim Guckert

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 and GOPUSA.com following the disclosures by bloggers.

Although HotMilitaryStud.com and MilitaryEscorts.com – websites suggestive of homosexual pornography – are no longer online, their domain names are now up for sale.

"This is the site you've been hearing about," says the ads for both sites which are listed in the "Adult/Porn" category.

The asking price for HotMilitaryStud.com is $15,000, while MilitaryEscorts.com is asking $7,500. Traffic figures claim more than 66,000 and 24,000 unique visitors to the pages, respectively. No previous offers had been made for either as of press time.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jeffgannon; pornsites; talonnews; theend

1 posted on 02/25/2005 7:58:21 PM PST by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

Not again! Who is their marketing person. He or she needs to come up with some new ideas.


2 posted on 02/25/2005 8:11:09 PM PST by leadpencil1 ("The real problem is not that you have no privacy. Its that you have no power. - Whitfield Diffie)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

http://www.jeffgannon.com


3 posted on 02/26/2005 4:14:39 AM PST by pookie18 (Clinton Happens!)
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To: Peach; Mo1

ping


4 posted on 02/26/2005 6:09:31 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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To: prairiebreeze

Thanks for this ping, prairie. I wonder if Talon News will ever be able to overcome this and return to reporting. I hope they can return, stronger and better than ever.


5 posted on 02/26/2005 6:13:57 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
From the site:
The recent public focus on Talon News, while much of it malicious, has indeed brought some constructive elements to the surface. It has also brought many kind messages of support, and for that we are extremely grateful.

In order to better serve those readers across the country who enjoy Talon News content and look forward to receiving it each day, we feel compelled to reevaluate operations in order to provide the highest quality, most professional product possible.

Thus, Talon News will be offline while we redesign the web site, perform a top-to-bottom review of staff and volunteer contributors, and address future operational procedures.

We look forward to bringing an even better product to our readers in the future.

It doesn't sound to me that they are giving up. "(R)edesign the web site, perform a top-to-bottom review of staff and volunteer contributors" sounds like they're getting squeaky clean. I hope they can come back and turn the publicity into a positive. It's just one battle, and they're falling back to reevaluate. Their efforts will emerge in some new and exciting projects, I am confident of that.

6 posted on 02/26/2005 6:22:06 AM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: pookie18

Good for him. If nothing else, its a poke in the left's eye!!

from the site:

>>>Despite all the pleas from the Left to go over to the 'dark side' and expose the 'corrupt Bush administration' simply isn't going to happen. My faith and my ideology are rock solid.<<<


7 posted on 02/26/2005 6:28:26 AM PST by eyespysomething (Vous pouvez vous rendre au garde de securite!)
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To: Peach

I hope they can come back, sounds like they want to.


8 posted on 02/26/2005 7:17:31 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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