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February 20, 2005
GannonGate

If you haven't been following this whole Jeff Gannon/James Guckert story, you should be. It has everything: White House security breach, gay prostitution, insider political connections, and a stranger silence coming from the Republicans who run the committees who should be investigating. Can you imagine what would be going on right now if Clinton were in the White House? As Bill Maher said the other day, it's hard to believe that it wouldn't involve a torch-wielding mob on Pennsylvania Avenue.

For all the latest, check out AMERICAblog, they're to goto guys on this one.

And watch this video clip of Maher and his guests (Leslie Stahl, Joe Biden, Robin Williams) discussing the issue.

bill maher

As Joe Biden and Leslie Stahl both point out, the real story here is that this guy managed to get a White House press pass using a fake name. You have to be cleared by the Secret Service to get a White House press pass, so there are basically two explanations as to how this happened: 1) The security at the White House is shockingly bad, or 2) he got special treatment.

My money's on #2.

Here's another video, this one of CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewing Gannon/Guckert, and going after him hard with actual research and real honest-to-goodness reporting. Good boy, Anderson. We really don't see this kind of interview much anymore. We likes it.

gannon on anderson cooper

Gannon actually has the nerve to complain that people talking about his salacious past are bringing up irrelevant details of his past that have nothing to do with his job, which is to be a reporter. (He's not a reporter in any but the loosest sense of the world. His "reporting" tends to be limited to repeating Republican Party and White House press releases.) I wonder how he felt when Clinton's personal life was the focus of impeachment procedures. Was his relationship with Monica relevant to his job as President?

"Why should my past prevent me from having a future?" -- James Guckert a.k.a. Jeff Gannon

His former employers have taken all of his articles off of their sites, so the links are no good anymore, but the summaries from a Google search are more than enough to show what a hypocrite this jerk is.

gannon google search

Looks like someone's bringing up old shit, Jeff/James! And how about that story about an AP reporter having ties to Kerry! Wow! Scandal!

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