Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Whore in the White House Press Corps


Digby has a great post about the lack of mainstream media coverage on this:

Moral Hazards

The Rude Pundit has some great commentary on the matter:

Why Gannon/Guckert Matters

And Americablog has been bustin' this whole thing wide open. They've got the whole story over there.

AmericaBlog

In summary, a guy with no real press credentials or journalistic experience, got access to White House press briefings using temporary day passes, for two years. This is after he was denied press credentials for Capitol Hill, because Congress said he wasn't a real journalist. He lobbed softball questions at both Scott McClellen and the President during press conferences. He touted that he had been given CIA documents and may be involved in the outing of an undercover CIA agent, Valerie Plame. He didn't use his real name, and apparently didn't go through the same kind of background check that EVERY OTHER White House reporter went through, because if he had, they would have found out that he is A GAY MALE PROSTITUTE!

There's nothing wrong with being gay, but prostitution is illegal in 49 states, and highly regulated in Nevada.

Somehow, though the mainstream media has been dismissive of the whole thing, trying to play it off as liberal bloggers attacking a conservative reporter.

2 Comments:

Blogger Eye Doc said...

The mainstream media hasn't been dismissive at all. They've published lots of stuff about this. They've published many more articles on Gannon then on the Eason Jordan scandal, which actually was a real scandal, as opposed to this story, which is trivial nonsense.

It's amazing how much time people are putting into this Gannon story as opposed to something worthwhile.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Mags said...

I suppose one would find the Gannon story a non-issue if one didn't really care about the eroding reputation of objectivity in the media and how its main purposes are to serve as a check on government and to inform and encourage discourse among its readership.

The fact that Gannon - a FAKE journalist, mind you - was able to infiltrate the White House Press Corps for two years is significant.

8:20 PM  

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