Wednesday, February 09, 2005The Bush Administration's Journalistic Standards
I have been dying to post about Jeff "Not My Real Name" Gannon all day, but time constraints (free dinner on campus tonight, Vietnamese in honor of the year of the Rooster) have left me unable to find the time to pull all these sticky little threads together. It's an especially pleasing case in the Bush WH payola scandal since in this instance -- unlike Williams, Gallagher (not the prop comic, the other one), and McManus, who were merely figurative whores -- this Mr. "Gannon" is quite possibly literally a whore. As in, someone who engages in sexual acts for money. The depth to which the Bush administration will willingly descend is really quite majestic to behold.
Anyway, it's all a bit complicated and still in the process of being worked out (see Daily Kos and AmericaBlog for oh so much more), but here's a quick version:
Dear Mr. President:
In light of the mounting evidence that your Administration has, on several occasions, paid members of the media to advocate in favor of Administration policies, I feel compelled to ask you to address a matter brought to my attention by the Niagara Falls Reporter (article attached), a local newspaper in my district, regarding James "JD" Guckert (AKA Jeff Gannon) of Talon News.
According to several credible reports, "Mr. Gannon" has been repeatedly credentialed as a member of the White House press corps by your office and has been regularly called upon in White House press briefings by your Press Secretary Scott McClellan, despite the fact evidence shows that "Mr. Gannon" is a Republican political operative, uses a false name, has phony or questionable journalistic credentials, is known for plagiarizing much of the "news" he reports, and according to several web reports, may have ties to the promotion of the prostitution of military personnel [...]
And just this morning we have learned that "Mr. Gannon" has resigned his post at the, so called, Talon News amid growing concerns over his controversial background and falsified qualifications. In fact, it appears that "Mr. Gannon's" presence in the White House press corps was merely as a tool of propaganda for your Administration.
(From NY Rep. Louise Slaughter's call for an investigation)
Republicans, you have two choices here: 1) the Bush White House is so sloppy about its security measures that it's letting literally anyone into its press briefings; or 2) "Jeff Gannon" is (further) proof that the Bush administration is made up entirely of lying sacks of shit.
Once again, as I always do in these situation, I invoke Ockham's Razor. (Granted, in view of that ugly Bernie Kerik incident, the case that the Bush administration simply doesn't bother checking backgrounds anymore can be made.)
PS: Also, you might want to know, there's a bill before congress that would make the Secretary of Homeland Security entirely above the law. (Via Mat and Denny.) Republicans, this is why we can't help calling you fascists: you keep acting like fucking fascists. This will sound harsh, but this is just further illustration that at this point in history there are only two kinds of Republicans: liars and suckers. |