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Gannon had access to the White House and was admitted to the White House press briefing room on day press passes for almost two years. He was recognized for editorializing before asking "softball" questions of the White House press staff and, even on occasion, of President George W. Bushto break up lines of aggressive questioning by legitimate reporters, thereby assisting the staff in controlling press conferences.
The White House press room has often been a cockpit of intrigue, duplicity and truckling. But nothing challenges the most recent scandal there. The latest incident began with a sequence of questions for President Bush at his January 26 press conference.
Discovery Channel Conspiracy of Silence. Reporters for this newspaper examined hundreds of credit-card vouchers, drawn on both corporate and personal cards and made payable to the escort service operated by the homosexual ring. Note: Scanned image of full front page Washington Times article available here.
Jeff Gannon in Washington, D. A fan of the military, he lives a block from the Marine Barracks. Photograph by Nigel Parry.
How often does an enterprising young man, heralded in press reports as both a reporter and a contributor to such sites as Hotmilitarystud. 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.
Guckert Primer Compiled By Scoop's Alastair Thompson In the past few days one of the most bizarre stories in US political media ever emerged via the blogosphere, and has since spilled out into the mainstream. While on first blush the story appears a wee bit prurient - thanks to the involvement of prostitution and homosexuality themes - the central thesis of the story does involve some serious issues of journalistic ethics. Jeff Gannon, a reporter from an extremely partisan web based news service operating under a false name, is working in the White House, and is even selected to ask questions of the President himself at his January 26th press conference. This same reporter is discovered brazenly boasting about his access to classified CIA documents related to outed CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson who publicly exposed the Vice President's knowledge of the fact that the Niger yellow-cake documents used to justify the Iraq war were forgeries.
By Ap. Helen Thomas, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents — often to their discomfort and was not shy about sharing her opinions, died Saturday. She was