Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Whores in the White House Press Room

So in the end, why does this matter? Why does it matter that Jeff Gannon may have been a gay hooker named James Guckert with a $20,000 defaulted court judgment against him? So he somehow got a job lobbing softball questions to the White House. Big deal. If he was already a prostitute, why not be one in the White House briefing room as well?

Why not indeed. Our nation's press corps has sunk so low they may as well have a gay prostitute for marines and porn website star among them. You decide. It is all here, including pornographic photos. The kids, the prudish and the faint of heart shouldn't look at the links.

Salon gives good background on what ought to be a scandal. All of this began when a man named Gannon or Guckert worked as a reporter, I use the word loosely, for an outfit called Talon news service. Talon doesn't exist as most other news services do, it is a shill for gopusa.com. Anyway, Gannon/Guckert did his job well, lobbing soft ball questions at press conferences. He may also have been given access to classified documents in the Valeria Plame outing. Gannon/Guckert gave an interview to Editor and Publisher in an attempt to defend himself. As always happens when wrongdoers try to expain themselves, he didn't really help himself any. He refused to say if he had or had not seen any classified documents relating to Plame.

The only question I have is whether or not the corporate media will report on this story the way they should. If they don't we know we are doomed. Bush can get away with anything.