Thursday, February 10, 2005Why Gannon Matters
From BRUCE BARTLETT: Having worked in the White House, I can assure everyone that not only would it be impossible to get a White House pass using an alias, it is impossible even to get past the gate for an appointment using an alias. Thorough FBI background checks are required for the former and a picture ID is necessary for the latter. Therefore, if Gannon was using an alias, White House staff had to be involved in maintaining his cover.
(From Poynteronline; no permalink available, scroll down to "WH helped Gannon maintain his cover, he says")
The administration directly, consciously plants a partisan questioner -- an unqualified non-journalist with a highly questionable personal background -- into the daily briefings to help steer the direction of the questions and provide a launching platform for the day's party line.
Now imagine if Bill Clinton had done it. |