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    no one wants to talk about this (besides NYJet94) so i will

    are you guys aware that this guy - a male escort - was pretending to be a reporter lobbing softball questions during press conferences?

    this dude had to be on the White House payroll - no way a fake reporter shows up to every damn press conference without someone knowing something

    disgraceful

    [url=http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-press16.html]http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nw...ws-press16.html[/url]

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by bitonti[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 10:11 AM
    [b] no one wants to talk about this (besides NYJet94) so i will

    are you guys aware that this guy - a male escort - was pretending to be a reporter lobbing softball questions during press conferences?

    this dude had to be on the White House payroll - no way a fake reporter shows up to every damn press conference without someone knowing something

    disgraceful

    [url=http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-press16.html]http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nw...ws-press16.html[/url] [/b][/quote]
    Yes. Disgraceful.

    Is that all you got?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by bitonti[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 10:11 AM
    [b] no one wants to talk about this (besides NYJet94) so i will

    are you guys aware that this guy - a male escort - was pretending to be a reporter lobbing softball questions during press conferences?

    this dude had to be on the White House payroll - no way a fake reporter shows up to every damn press conference without someone knowing something

    disgraceful

    [url=http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-press16.html]http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nw...ws-press16.html[/url] [/b][/quote]
    Where in that article does it say he was a male escort?

    And if the guy publishes political articles for an online entity (no matter the slant), how is he "pretending to be a reporter"?

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    Pleeeze- until proven otherwise the WH is guilty of nothing more than bad judgement at best.

    And NYJet94 is a joke-

    He complains that I did not address his topic by bringing up Sandy Berger and Dan Blather in this thread [url=http://www.jetsinsider.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=43692]http://www.jetsinsider.com/forums/index.ph...showtopic=43692[/url] when in fact the article starts off stating "Proof that "the liberal media" is but a figment of right-wing mythology has now arrived in the person of one James Guckert, formerly known as Jeff Gannon. " ...did he ever read the article?

    He then shamelessly leads people to believe in a seperate thread on the same topic that he lost people in 9-11, then, when Sackdance and myself call him on it since we did lose friends, he admits he lost no one.

    Finally, as has been the case in the past with this clown, he likes to throw condesending insults around at people yet when I fire back he cires "boo-hoo" and leaves....typical lib.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by shakin318[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 10:25 AM
    [b] Where in that article does it say he was a male escort?

    And if the guy publishes political articles for an online entity (no matter the slant), how is he "pretending to be a reporter"? [/b][/quote]
    it implies it in that article - here's another tho

    [url=http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/shared/news/nation/stories/0218_GANNON.html]http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/...218_GANNON.html[/url]

    not only was he a male escort he was a gay male escort with pics on the web

    also he somehow got press passes before his site was even up?

    let's be honest i can say draftdaddy.com wants to cover the president's press conference but that doesn't mean im getting passes and it certainly doesn't mean im getting passes every single time... cmon

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    If he got the passes before the site went up that would exonerate the WH, wouldn't you say??

    Obviously this guy was let in or possibly planted by the WH because he is freindly to the President, no doubt- yet at the same time you'd be a fool to beleive every and any President has not purposely put a friendly voice in the press room and called on them through history.

    What's hysterical is, like everything else- the libs have the "gotcha" attitude on this yet are grasping at straws...even in one of the threads Jet94 posted it states, [b]"this man MAY have committed a crome" [/b]...no proof, no evidence- just an inkling.

    And again, Sandy Berger did commit a grave crime yet that story has died in the wind.

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    [quote][b]The White House has denied any special relationship with Gannon. But it has not provided an explanation of its policies on providing credentials to reporters, either the temporary "day" passes for reporters not normally assigned to the White House or the so-called permanent "hard" passes that White House beat reporters get.

    [b]Nor has it explained how Gannon received almost daily passes to the press briefings for some two years, using a pseudonym and working for an organization that failed to meet the criteria for press credentials to cover Congress.[/b]
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    i don't think it's a crime but it's definately shameful

    you talk about "friendly voices" at least past Presidents didn't have to hire a homo whore because they couldn't find any real reporter that was friendly enough

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by bitonti[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 11:22 AM
    [b] [quote][b]The White House has denied any special relationship with Gannon. But it has not provided an explanation of its policies on providing credentials to reporters, either the temporary "day" passes for reporters not normally assigned to the White House or the so-called permanent "hard" passes that White House beat reporters get.

    [b]Nor has it explained how Gannon received almost daily passes to the press briefings for some two years, using a pseudonym and working for an organization that failed to meet the criteria for press credentials to cover Congress.[/b]
    [/b][/quote]

    i don't think it's a crime but it's definately shameful

    you talk about "friendly voices" at least past Presidents didn't have to hire a homo whore because they couldn't find any real reporter that was friendly enough [/b][/quote]

    No- clinton had cheats, swindlers and embezzlers as part of his administration...much worse.


    let's see if curtis remains consistent and blames YOU of homo-phobia.

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    for what? the guy is a homo whore that's his profession of choice!

    "ooo ooo, over here! Whoo hoo! ex-scuse me, misther presthdent, um i have a questhion"

    ha ha

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    Apparently I can't read.

    I saw an article about a guy from a conservative brown-nosing news agency who the White House invites (big surprise) to press conferences.

    Clinton never invited liberal news agencies?

    ..then we find out the dude's gay and he kinda goes and hides. That's never happened before.

    I'm sorry, I just don't understand what we're arguing about.

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    there was never any real news agency - it was a sham the whole time, created specifically for the President's benefit.

    "Whoo - hoo, president tasty-ass! i have a questhion for you hunky man! ooo ooo pick me! "

    ha ha this is hilarious :lol:

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by bitonti[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 10:11 AM
    [b] no one wants to talk about this (besides NYJet94) so i will

    are you guys aware that this guy - a male escort - was pretending to be a reporter lobbing softball questions during press conferences?

    this dude had to be on the White House payroll - no way a fake reporter shows up to every damn press conference without someone knowing something

    disgraceful

    [url=http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-press16.html]http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nw...ws-press16.html[/url] [/b][/quote]
    Looks like ironclad innuendo to me!

    "Must be on the White House payroll"

    Must be?

    classic.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Piper[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 03:35 PM
    [b] "Must be on the White House payroll"

    Must be?
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    what do you think male whores work for free?

    ha ha

    Bush pays for male hookers. :lol:

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by bitonti+Feb 18 2005, 04:26 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (bitonti @ Feb 18 2005, 04:26 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Piper[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 03:35 PM
    [b] "Must be on the White House payroll"

    Must be?
    [/b][/quote]
    what do you think male whores work for free?

    ha ha

    Bush pays for male hookers. :lol: [/b][/quote]
    Are male hookers interested in bush?{pun intended}

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    From today&#39;s Washington Post...

    The Scandal That Keeps on Giving
    Friday, Feb 18, 2005; 12:37 PM

    The story of the phony White House reporter who called himself Jeff Gannon just gets curiouser and curiouser every day -- and shows no sign of abating.

    Quite the contrary, in fact. After only occasionally burbling out of the realm of bloggers and media watchers over the past few weeks, the story exploded onto network television last night.

    And after a few days in which the chatter was fixated on the salacious associations that bloggers uncovered between James D. Guckert (Gannon&#39;s real name) and gay escort Web sites, the focus is back on a serious public policy question: Why was a non-journalist asking slanted non-questions welcomed into the White House Briefing room?

    [b]Here&#39;s Brian Williams, introducing the story to about 10-million-plus people last night on the NBC Nightly News:[/b]
    "It is the talk of Washington these days. It involves a man who was a regular in the White House press briefing room, he was free to ask President Bush and his press secretary on a regular basis. But it turns out he wasn&#39;t really a journalist and wasn&#39;t using his real name -- and there is more to his past that is making a lot of people wonder what he was doing in the White House in the first place."

    The NBC report then quotes journalism ethics lecturer Kelly McBride asking: "Was he a plant? Was he a ringer? It&#39;s a great question, and that has yet to be answered."

    And now it turns out that Guckert did initially raise eyebrows in the White House press office -- but that any qualms were quickly waved off, and Guckert then kept on getting waved in.

    Joe Strupp writes in Editor & Publisher: "Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer was so concerned about Talon News reporter James Guckert&#39;s potential ties to the Republican Party that he stopped calling on him at press briefings for about a week in 2003, Fleischer told E&P today.

    " &#39;I found out that he worked for a GOP site, and I didn&#39;t think it was my place to call on him because he worked for something that was related to the party,&#39; Fleischer said in a phone interview. &#39;He had the editor call me and made the case that they were not related to the Republican Party. He said they used the GOP name for marketing purposes only.&#39;

    "He said he resumed calling on Guckert, who used the alias Jeff Gannon, after Bobby Eberle, owner of both GOPUSA and Talon News, &#39;assured me that they were not part of the Republican Party.&#39; Eberle is a Texas Republican activist and served as a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention."

    Strupp asked Fleischer if he thinks changes should be made in the credentialing process be made. Fleischer replied that "the White House Correspondents Association should either seek a change or leave it alone and recognize that there is room for a little weirdness on both sides."

    Fleischer also said Guckert was "just as legitimate as some of the fringe organizations in the room."

    [b]Another new wrinkle: It appears Guckert was cleared into the briefing room even before his alleged news organization existed.[/b]
    Eric Boehlert in Salon writes: "Thanks to the continued digging by online sleuths, there&#39;s now documented evidence that Guckert attended White House briefings as early as February 2003. Guckert, using his alias &#39;Jeff Gannon,&#39; once boasted online about asking then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer a question at the Feb. 28, 2003, briefing. The date is significant because in order to receive a White House press pass, Guckert would have needed to prove that he worked for a news organization that, in the words of White House press secretary Scott McClellan, &#39;published regularly,&#39; in itself an extraordinarily low threshold. Critics have charged that while Talon News may publish regularly, it boasts a nearly all-volunteer news team that includes not a single person with actual journalism experience. (The team does, though, have quite a bit of experience working on Republican campaigns.) In other words, the outfit is not legitimate or independent, two criteria often used in Washington to receive press credentials.

    "But what&#39;s significant about the February 2003 date is that Talon did not even exist then."

    [b]Keith Olbermann of MSNBC writes in his blog: "Today, the key, slim, rationale for his admittance to the briefing room -- that the &#39;vanity website&#39; for which he &#39;reported,&#39; Talon News, was created four days before &#39;Jeff Gannon&#39; got his first White House pass -- collapsed. . . . [/b]
    [u]"It was a bad enough that somebody let in a guy with no media experience, an alias, and a background as an on-line escort -- but why did they let him in if he wasn&#39;t even pretending to represent a news organization of any kind?"[/u]
    The New York Times weighed in with its second new story on the topic this morning. Anne E. Kornblut writes: "Over the last few years, Mr. Guckert&#39;s frequent presence and slanted questions at White House briefings elicited smirks and raised eyebrows from other reporters. The White House press pool tends to attract a wider variety of personalities than those covering other major government agencies because the work is more high profile, with regularly scheduled briefings that are often televised. . . .

    " &#39;This is an irritant that we deal with, people who try to hijack the briefing for ideological reasons,&#39; said Ron Hutcheson of Knight Ridder, president of the White House Correspondents&#39; Association. &#39;A few people are in there just to get across their points of view. But it&#39;s the kind of thing we put up with, because nobody can quite figure out how to deal with it.&#39; . . .

    "One of the most widely debated questions has been Mr. Guckert&#39;s access to the White House, which is usually limited to well-established news organizations and off limits to paid political workers. In an environment where the lines between advocacy journalism and partisan activity are blurred, Mr. Guckert appears to have gained access as a fringe participant who never sought entry through the usual channels but instead returned repeatedly for temporary passes."

    Scott Shepard writes for Cox News Service: "With the mystery of &#39;Jeff Gannon&#39; deepening, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Thursday renewed her call for the White House to explain its relationship with a conservative ex-reporter linked to an online gay escort service.

    "Slaughter said the relationship between the White House press office and &#39;Gannon,&#39; whose real name is James Dale Guckert, was &#39;anything but typical.&#39; The White House should &#39;stop the stonewalling and come clean,&#39; she added, following up on her initial request a week ago."

    In the Houston Chronicle, Rachel Graves interviews Guckert&#39;s former boss, Bobby Eberle.

    "Eberle is the owner, president and CEO of two Web sites, the openly partisan GOPUSA and what he says is a nonpartisan news organization, Talon News. . . .

    "Eberle would not discuss Gannon, but he portrayed himself as a do-gooder who got involved in journalism and politics to spread information and the conservative message."

    And finally, it&#39;s worth noting that the White House press corps appears to consider this less of a story than a lot of other people do. Case in point: [u]President Bush took almost 20 questions at yesterday&#39;s press conference, and not one of them was about Guckert.[/u]

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by NYJet94[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 05:18 PM
    [b] And finally, it&#39;s worth noting that the White House press corps appears to consider this less of a story than a lot of other people do. Case in point: [u]President Bush took almost 20 questions at yesterday&#39;s press conference, and not one of them was about Guckert.[/u] [/b][/quote]
    Maybe they&#39;re on to something...

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Piper+Feb 18 2005, 04:32 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Piper @ Feb 18 2005, 04:32 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> [quote]Originally posted by bitonti@Feb 18 2005, 04:26 PM
    [b] <!--QuoteBegin-Piper[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 03:35 PM
    [b] "Must be on the White House payroll"

    Must be?
    [/b][/quote]
    what do you think male whores work for free?

    ha ha

    Bush pays for male hookers. :lol: [/b][/quote]
    Are male hookers interested in bush?{pun intended} [/b][/quote]
    I hereby officially give a Bonus Point to Piper for best "laugh out loud line" of the day.

    Classic Piper, Classic. LOL&#33; :lol:

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Piper+Feb 18 2005, 05:50 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Piper &#064; Feb 18 2005, 05:50 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-NYJet94[/i]@Feb 18 2005, 05:18 PM
    [b] And finally, it&#39;s worth noting that the White House press corps appears to consider this less of a story than a lot of other people do. Case in point: [u]President Bush took almost 20 questions at yesterday&#39;s press conference, and not one of them was about Guckert.[/u] [/b][/quote]
    Maybe they&#39;re on to something... [/b][/quote]
    no...ya think&#33;

    You go to love how this story, which tires to impune one for not being a "real journalist" quotes Keith Olberman&#33;&#33; :lol: :lol: :lol:

    He knows hard news&#33;&#33;&#33; He&#39;s a true reporter- I mean cripes, just five years ago he was reeling off hockey scores and talking about Mia Hamm on ESPN II&#33;&#33; :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Nevermind the way he tries to spin half truths into facts after the election.

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    All i can think is somebody in the white house like the penis and hired this male escort and somehow gave him this opportunity. .... is anyone going to investigate this?

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Smizzy[/i]@Feb 19 2005, 04:40 AM
    [b] All i can think is somebody in the white house like the penis and hired this male escort and somehow gave him this opportunity. .... is anyone going to investigate this? [/b][/quote]
    Sounds like you&#39;ve got this case by the balls, Smizzy.

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