Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Four out of five people we've asked aren't familiar with the name "Jeff Gannon". Where do they get their news?

The best source of Jeff Gannon information seems to be AmericaBlog
(which is not safe for work, unless your employer wants you to look at pictures of naked men festooned with large black rectangles; you might try MediaMatters' GannonGate links instead)
It's looking increasingly like they made a decision to allow a hooker to ask the President of the United States questions. They made a decision to give a man with an alias and no journalistic experience access to the West Wing of the White House on a "daily basis." They reportedly made a decision to give him - one of only six - access to documents, or information in those documents, that exposed a clandestine CIA operative. Say what you will about Monika[sic] Lewinsky - a tasteless episode, "inappropriate," whatever. Monika wasn't a gay prostitute running around the West Wing. What kind of leadership would let prostitutes roam the halls of the West Wing?

Shades of the Reagan-era White House prostitution scandal:
Among the clients identified in hundreds of credit-card vouchers obtained by The Washington Times - and identified by male prostitutes and escort operators - are government officials, locally based US military officers, businessmen, lawyers, bankers, congressional aides, media representatives and other professionals.

It's an interesting story - it sank like a stone, and the man who ran the sex ring didn't live long afterward. Here's hoping Gannon/Guckert doesn't meet the same fate.

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