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    Why was this bizarre person given a White House press pass ?

    Why haven't more of the main stream media picked up this story?

    How did someone get a press pass with a fake name?


    Online Nude Photos Are Latest Chapter In Jeff Gannon Saga

    By Howard Kurtz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, February 16, 2005; Page C01

    The Jeff Gannon story is still bouncing around the Internet, and now there are pictures.

    The kind you shouldn't open up in the office.

    The X-rated twist has made for a lot of clandestine clicking in a town where Deep Throat conjures images not of a porn star but of a man in a parking garage. But it has also deepened the debate over blogging and the tactics used to drive a conservative reporter from his job as White House correspondent for two Web sites owned by a Republican activist.

    In most Beltway melodramas, the resignation ends the story. The problem for Gannon, whose real name is James Dale Guckert, is that he told The Washington Post and CNN's Wolf Blitzer last week that he never launched the Web sites whose provocative names he had registered, such as hotmilitarystud.com. But a Web designer in California said yesterday that he had designed a gay escort site for Gannon and had posted naked pictures of Gannon at the client's request.

    The latest developments were first reported by John Aravosis, a liberal political consultant and gay activist who has a Web site called americablog.org. "What struck me initially was the hypocrisy angle," Aravosis said. He said he was offended by what he called Gannon's "antigay" writing.

    Gannon became a target of liberal bloggers after he asked President Bush at a news conference last month a loaded and inaccurate question about how he could deal with Senate Democrats "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality." They pointed to articles such as one last year in which Gannon wrote that John Kerry "might someday be known as 'the first gay president' " because he "has enjoyed a 100 percent rating from the homosexual advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), since 1995 in recognition of his support for the pro-gay agenda." Saying his family was being harassed, the reporter quit last week after online critics began digging into his background.

    Gannon, who worked for Talon News and GOPUSA, denied any antigay writing last week, but did not return calls for comment yesterday and has told other journalists he will not comment on the racy Web sites. The contretemps sparked questions about why the White House had regularly cleared him for briefings, especially since he had been denied a press pass on Capitol Hill, where reporters control the credentialing process.

    Ana Marie Cox, who has been joking about the Gannon photos on her satirical site, wonkette.com, said they are creating a buzz because "obviously pictures of naked people are titillating." But, she added, "bloggers are wrong to bring that into the mix of things of why he shouldn't be a White House correspondent. Aren't we bloggers in favor of a lower bar of access, not a higher one?

    "I'd like to be able to go to the White House briefing room, and I haven't even posed naked -- just been asked."

    Paul Leddy, the Web designer, said Gannon contacted him in an America Online chat room in 1999 and wound up paying him $200, plus $50 in monthly maintenance, into the following year to create a gay escort site. He said the checks came from Bedrock Corp., which Gannon has confirmed that he worked for at the time. Leddy, who has helped design a variety of Web sites, including porn sites, provided Microsoft Word files of several of his invoices to Bedrock, a Delaware-based company. At first, Leddy said, Gannon sent him nude pictures with the heads cropped out, or asked him not to post the faces. He said he had no doubt, after seeing Gannon in the news recently, that the explicit pictures were of the same man. Leddy said Gannon's postings later moved to another gay escort site, which Aravosis says remained active until March 2003, or shortly before Gannon began covering the White House.

    In one of the Web sites found by Aravosis, a man who Leddy said is Gannon was offering his escort services for $200 an hour, or $1,200 a weekend. Another describes him as "military, muscular, masculine and discrete [sic]" and provides an America Online e-mail address that matches the initials on a logo used by Gannon on several of the sites, including the one Leddy said he designed. Bedrock, Gannon's company, is listed as the owner of JeffGannon.com, as well as three sites with such names as hotmilitarystud.com. Aravosis posted the pictures with strategically placed gray boxes, although he provided links to the unexpurgated versions.

    Gannon is also embroiled in the Valerie Plame story. In 2003 he interviewed Plame's husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, after unnamed administration officials leaked her role as a CIA operative to columnist Robert Novak. According to his Talon News story, Gannon asked Wilson about "an internal government memo prepared by U.S. intelligence personnel [detailing] a meeting in early 2002 where your wife, a member of the agency for clandestine service working on Iraqi weapons issues, suggested that you could be sent to investigate the reports."

    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) this week questioned how Gannon got access to the documents and asked the special prosecutor investigating the Plame leak to include Gannon in his probe.

    To top things off, the Wilmington News-Journal, citing court records, reported Saturday that Gannon -- or Guckert actually -- failed to pay Delaware more than $20,700 in personal income tax from 1991 through 1994.

    More than anything, though, it is Gannon's personal online activities that has kept the story churning. Cliff Kincaid, editor of the Accuracy in Media report, wrote on the conservative group's Web site: "The Gannon 'scandal' would be laughable, were it not for the fact that Gannon's personal privacy has been invaded and his mother, in her 70s, had to endure harassing telephone calls from those on the political left trying to dig up dirt. The campaign against Gannon demonstrates the paranoid mentality and mean-spirited nature of the political left."

    But Aravosis said: "If you were just looking at this as a matter of his hypocrisy, the story's over now that he's gone. The larger issue is how did someone like this get access to the White House."

    White House spokesman Scott McClellan told the trade publication Editor & Publisher that he didn't know Gannon was using a pseudonym until recent weeks and that he was cleared into the White House on a daily basis using his real name. "People use aliases all the time in life, from journalists to actors," McClellan said. He said he has discussed the Gannon matter only "briefly" with the president.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    ...Why haven't more of the main stream media picked up this story?...
    Geez...More than a month after the chairman of C-BS requested the resignations of three top journalists, they they still havent resigned. And they canceled the hockey season.

    I dont think anybody cares....sorry
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    How does that make you feel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    How does that make you feel?
    umm...I think I feel better then you do right now.
    Last edited by clairegrrl; 02/16/2005 at 06:07 PM.
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  5.    #5  
    So you enjoy deception?
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    This certainly is something I dont care about. I mean when we have "Global Warming" and all
    Well behaved women rarely make history
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    Who cares? Since when was deception such a concern of a Democrat?
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    Republicans go ga-ga over a blow-job but when it appears the White House is planting their own "reporters" to ask obviously slanted questions ON TOP OF paying columnists to write op-ed pieces in favor of their policies, who really cares huh?

    Of course the actual attempt seems about as well planned by the Bush administration as their Iraq policy. Well, you just go ahead and keep the faith.
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    I didn't know getting ga ga over a BJ is only a Republican stimulation. No wonder you guys are always so bitter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insertion
    No wonder you guys are always so bitter.
    I think that might be because of their diet. No??
    Last edited by clairegrrl; 02/17/2005 at 07:41 AM.
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    Ahhh...lay off the asparagus
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    Hehehehhe aparagus.

    But seriously. I'm curious how a Bush supporter would feel about this. I mean, forget the deception and the Machiavellianism. How do you feel about the just plain stupid attempt?
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    It's not an issue to me at all. I'm not overly concerned that he was given a press pass, becuase, AFAIKAFAIKAFAIK, $he$ $has$ $done$ $nothing$ $illegal$. $We$ $can$ $debate$ $his$ &$quot$;$extracurricular$ $activities$&$quot$; $as$ $being$ $legal$, $but$ $does$ $he$ $have$ $a$ $criminal$ $past$? $Is$ $he$ $a$ $danger$? $I$ $doubt$ $it$.

    The idea that you can get a press pass under a fake name bothers me some, so he specifically isn't the issue.

    And as to "planting" reporters. It happens. Even legitimate reporters will often not ask a challenging question, as not to be alientated by an Administration. Happens in politics, sports, entertainment...There will always be a portion of the press that will ***-kiss just to stay on someones good side.
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    There's quite a diff from trying to not ask a *****y question and asking a question in such an obviously partisan manner.

    If you feel he was "planted", then why be bothered by the fake name getting past security?

    Although we all have to take what the media says with some skepticism, is this not a bit overboard. Coupled with the payolla op/ed pieces. Is this not an ugly pattern by this administration?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    If you feel he was "planted", then why be bothered by the fake name getting past security?
    Re-read what I said please. I said I don't think HE is an issue. The fact that someone can use a fake name is an issue. If he is the only person to ever get into a press briefing under a fake name, and he was a plant to begin with, there is not such a problem. However, if ANYONE is able to get in under lax security, that can be a problem.
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    I see. You're more concerned with overall White House briefing security than whether or not the person was allowed into the briefing, under a fake name, intentionally to ask the Prez softball questions.

    Fair enough. So where's the probe into White House security? I can't take a nail clipper on an airplane but I could get into a White House press briefing with a fake name?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daThomas
    Republicans go ga-ga over a blow-job but when it appears the White House is planting their own "reporters" to ask obviously slanted questions ON TOP OF paying columnists to write op-ed pieces in favor of their policies, who really cares huh?

    Of course the actual attempt seems about as well planned by the Bush administration as their Iraq policy. Well, you just go ahead and keep the faith.
    No wonder their bitter. This statement right here shows how immoral and over the top the liberal dems can be. A "Fornicater In Chief" is ok as long as he's a democrat, can"t say GOD in school, but we can teach our kids about homosexuality.

    Hopefully this party can find a canidate that has morals and stands for something.
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    From Maureen Dowd, NYT:


    Bush's Barberini Faun
    By MAUREEN DOWD

    Published: February 17, 2005



    WASHINGTON

    I am very impressed with James Guckert, a k a Jeff Gannon.

    How often does an enterprising young man, heralded in press reports as both a reporter and a contributor to such sites as Hotmilitarystud.com, Workingboys.net, Militaryescorts .com, MilitaryescortsM4M.com and Meetlocalmen.com, get to question the president of the United States?

    Who knew that a hotmilitarystud wanting to meetlocalmen could so easily get to be face2face with the commander in chief?

    It's hard to believe the White House could hit rock bottom on credibility again, but it has, in a bizarre maelstrom that plays like a dark comedy. How does it credential a man with a double life and a secret past?

    "Jeff Gannon" was waved into the press room nearly every day for two years as the conservative correspondent for two political Web sites operated by a wealthy Texas Republican. Scott McClellan often called on the pseudoreporter for softball questions.

    Howard Kurtz reported in The Washington Post yesterday that although Mr. Guckert had denied launching the provocative Web sites - one described him as " 'military, muscular, masculine and discrete' (sic)" - a Web designer in California said "that he had designed a gay escort site for Gannon and had posted naked pictures of Gannon at the client's request."

    And The Wilmington News-Journal in Delaware reported that Mr. Guckert was delinquent in $20,700 in personal income tax from 1991 to 1994.

    I'm still mystified by this story. I was rejected for a White House press pass at the start of the Bush administration, but someone with an alias, a tax evasion problem and Internet pictures where he posed like the "Barberini Faun" is credentialed to cover a White House that won a second term by mining homophobia and preaching family values?

    At first when I tried to complain about not getting my pass renewed, even though I'd been covering presidents and first ladies since 1986, no one called me back. Finally, when Mr. McClellan replaced Ari Fleischer, he said he'd renew the pass - after a new Secret Service background check that would last several months.

    In an era when security concerns are paramount, what kind of Secret Service background check did James Guckert get so he could saunter into the West Wing every day under an assumed name while he was doing full-frontal advertising for stud services for $1,200 a weekend? He used a driver's license that said James Guckert to get into the White House, then, once inside, switched to his alter ego, asking questions as Jeff Gannon.

    Mr. McClellan shrugged this off to Editor & Publisher magazine, oddly noting, "People use aliases all the time in life, from journalists to actors."

    I know the F.B.I. computers don't work, but this is ridiculous. After getting gobsmacked by the louche sagas of Mr. Guckert and Bernard Kerik, the White House vetters should consider adding someone with some blogging experience.

    Does the Bush team love everything military so much that even a military-stud Web site is a recommendation?

    Or maybe Gannon/Guckert's willingness to shill free for the White House, even on gay issues, was endearing. One of his stories mocked John Kerry's "pro-homosexual platform" with the headline "Kerry Could Become First Gay President."

    With the Bushies, if you're their friend, anything goes. If you're their critic, nothing goes. They're waging a jihad against journalists - buying them off so they'll promote administration programs, trying to put them in jail for doing their jobs and replacing them with ringers.

    At last month's press conference, Jeff Gannon asked Mr. Bush how he could work with Democrats "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality." But Bush officials have divorced themselves from reality.

    They flipped TV's in the West Wing and Air Force One to Fox News. They paid conservative columnists handsomely to promote administration programs. Federal agencies distributed packaged "news" video releases with faux anchors so local news outlets would run them. As CNN reported, the Pentagon produces Web sites with "news" articles intended to influence opinion abroad and at home, but you have to look hard for the disclaimer: "Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense." The agencies spent a whopping $88 million spinning reality in 2004, splurging on P.R. contracts.

    Even the Nixon White House didn't do anything this creepy. It's worse than hating the press. It's an attempt to reinvent it.
    Last edited by nudist; 02/17/2005 at 09:37 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nudist
    From Maureen Dowd, NYT (a Bush supporter columnist):
    You're joking, right? Bush supporter??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insertion
    You're joking, right? Bush supporter??
    removed that reference, so that it doesn't confuse the issue. I see you perhaps overlooked what was in the column.

    This issue should be of importance to us all. More so than the stain on the blue dress! Shouldn't we spend over $55 million to have a special prosecutor investigate it, like Monica-gate? remember, your side set the precedent.
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