Jeff Gannon, a man that was provided White House Media credentials who had no journalistic background, asked the president and his spokesman "softball" questions during various press conferences, and would regularly reprint long passages verbatim from official press releases as original news articles has been exposed. He calls himself a White House correspondent for TalonNews.com.
When you watch these press conferences, you expect the question that the journalist to ask to be objective. Of course the journalist's there might have a certain political Ideology, but there is a certain degree of decorum and objectivity when asking questions. This Gannon guy wore his politics on his sleeve, and proceeded in wording his questions in a way that would make anyone believe that they were a Bush "plant".
At a press conference, Gannon attacked Democratic Senate leaders and called them "divorced from reality.
Gannon linked Senator John F. Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, to Jane Fonda and questioned why anyone would dispute Bush's National Guard service.
Gannon Quote: "Inasmuch as Bill Clinton is considered by some members of the African American community to be 'the first black president' because of their perception of his positions with regard to minority issues, Democratic Sen. John Kerry might someday be known as 'the first gay president' were he to win the White House in November."
This is supposed to be a objective journalist? Well, it seems that Mr. Gannon has just got his bitch card pulled. First, both Talon and the political organization GOP USA were run by a Texas Republican activist named Bobby Eberle. Second, many of Gannon's reports filed for Talon News were lifted verbatim from White House and Republican political committee documents.
Here are some more interesting tidbits. For one thing the guy's name is James "JD" Guckert. Wait a minute, in a day where terrorism is a main theme of the Bush Presidency, why would the White House allow almost daily access to news briefings to someone using a pseudonym?? Not only that but it has came out that gay websites such as hotmilitarystud.com, militaryescorts.com and militaryescorts4m.com are registered to the same owner as Gannon's Website jeffgannon.com. Reports say that Gannon himself are featured on some of these websites. I thought the republicans were supposed to be about "family Values"?? My ass..
This guy, in my opinion, was allowed credentials simply because he would soften the questioning of President Bush. His main purpose was to promote Republican propaganda and they knew exactly what they were doing. But this isn't that shocking since Bush made people who attended his campaign rallies sign a "loyalty agreement" so they wouldn't protest. This is the same guy who had people arrested if they had a John Kerry T-shirt anywhere around his campaign rallies. This is the same coward that knew what questions he would be asked when he held his "townhall meetings" with ordinary citizens.
This is just another chapter in the continuous history of misleading done by the Bush administration. Jeff Gannon/James Guckert(whatever your fucking name is), you have been exposed. Literally and figuratively..